Welcome to the memorial page for

Janet L. Wenes

October 25, 1924 ~ October 19, 2017 (age 92)

Janet Lucille Wenes, age 92, formerly of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown. Rev. Pat Hammond will officiate. The organist will be Bruce Reinhardt.


Visitation with family present will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown and prior to services at the church on Tuesday.


Burial will be at a later date.  


Janet was born on October 25, 1924, to Claire and Verla (Kern) Pease, on the family farm in Colfax, Iowa. She attended country school and then attended high school in Colfax, graduating in 1942. After graduation, she earned her teaching certificate and taught country school in Sully, Iowa for two years.


On September 3, 1944, she was united in marriage to Martin Wenes. They lived in Oskaloosa, IA and Pensacola, FL during Martin’s enlistment in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge they moved back to Colfax, where they made their home for many years. In 1968 they moved to Watertown.


Their marriage of 64 years allowed them time for many wonderful travel adventures, including visiting all 50 states and a trip to Europe. However, Janet’s favorite trips were ones that were spent with family, especially trips to Disney World, Mackinac Island and the Wisconsin Dells. She was also an avid supporter of all of her grandchildren and their various activities. Whether it was marching band, horse shows or soccer games, she was there cheering them on.


Janet loved to bake, especially at Christmas, which was one of her favorite times of the year. She always had a batch of peanut butter cookies in the freezer for the grandkids when they visited and everyone looked forward to her homemade cinnamon rolls at holiday time. She was active in her church and was a member of The Order of Eastern Star, Book Lovers Club, PEO, Red Hat Society and numerous bridge clubs.


Grateful for sharing her life are her daughters, Cathy (Chuck) Ostrowski and Becky (Paul) Hillestad, all of Sioux Falls, SD; four grandchildren: Christopher (Carole) Ostrowski of Elgin, IL, Carrie Ostrowski of Lexington, KY, Ethan Hillestad and Garrett (Catherine) Hillestad, all of Des Moines, IA; one great-grandaughter, Marilyn Ostrowski; her sister-in-law, Agnes Pease; and her nieces and nephews.


Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; her parents, Claire and Verla Pease; and two brothers, Bob and Jim.






 Service Information

October 23, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel
1311 4th St. NE
Watertown, SD 57201

Funeral Service
October 24, 2017

11:00 AM
First Congregational United Church of Christ
121 1st Avenue SE
Watertown, SD 57201

© 2018 Crawford - Osthus Funeral Chapel, LLC. & Cremation Services. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS