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Janet Kay (Fossum) Roe

October 7, 1942 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 79)


Janet Kay (Fossum) Roe, 79, of Humboldt, Nebraska was born on October 7, 1942 in Osceola, Wisconsin to Henry Orville and Inez (Sime) Fossum.  On March 5, 1960, Janet was united in marriage to Gerald “Jiggs” Roe.  To this union five children, Michael, Gary, Bryan, Angela and Kelly were born.  Many years were spent being a scorekeeper for her young boys while Jiggs was the coach for Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football.  There were a lot of hours spent on the playing fields.  Janet worked at Nationwide Paper Company in Los Angeles, California for seven years.  In 1983, she and the family moved to Moore, Oklahoma when Jiggs was transferred to the GM plant.  After 30 years of retirement and a few years back in California, they moved to Humboldt, Nebraska in 1993 and of course, all five kids eventually followed.  Janet worked for Jack Cooper at the Humboldt Standard from 1995-2017 where she really enjoyed working in the office and talking to all the people that would come in.

Janet’s most valued treasures in life were her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their cat “Norska”.  She was extremely wonderful at knitting and crocheting.  Janet made so many beautiful blankets, rugs, slippers and pot holders.  She enjoyed playing pinocle and solitaire, going to the casinos in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Sac & Fox, dancing and country music-both old and new.  Janet also had a beautiful collection of cardinals.

Janet passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Pawnee County Memorial Hospital in Pawnee City, Nebraska having reached the earthly age of seventy-nine years, two months and twenty-seven days.  She was preceded in death by her parents, five grandchildren, 4 brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.

Janet is survived by sons: Mike and Bryan Roe both of Humboldt, NE; Gary Roe of Cook, NE; daughters: Angie Reyes and husband Francisco of Humboldt, NE; Kelly Joy and husband Brian of Humboldt, NE; grandchildren: Ben Jafari and wife Melissa of Beatrice, NE; Brandon Reyes and girlfriend Rachel of Auburn, NE and significant other Rachel; Breanna Reyes of Lincoln, NE; Jana Joy of Omaha, NE; Jacob Joy of Humboldt, NE; great-grandchildren: Zoey, Ian, Baker, Kaydence, Jase, Brennden and Cameron, sisters: Crystal DeMars of Milaca, MN; Sherry Whiteker and husband Joe of Princeton, MN; sister-in-law Kathy Nicholi and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Janet was patient, kind, loving and will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

A Celebration of Jiggs and Janet’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Humboldt Auditorium in Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastor Tim Llewellyn officiating. A livestream broadcast of services will be available on our Wherry Mortuary/Wherry Monument Facebook page. A link to the livestream is now on the bottom of the webpage.

Visitation for both Jiggs and Janet will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022, at the Wherry Mortuary, 207 N. Nemaha Street in Humboldt, Nebraska.

Inurnment will follow services at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family’s choice with a later designation in memory of Jiggs and Janet.

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Services entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-207 N. Nemaha ST-Humboldt, NE 68376 (402) 862-2915

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March 4, 2022

9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary - 207 N. Nemaha ST. - Humboldt

Celebration of Life
March 5, 2022

2:00 PM
Humboldt Auditorium
618 3rd Street
Humboldt, NE 68376

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