Janet Windschitl, 79, formerly of New Ulm, was called into the loving arms of the Lord on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. She died peacefully surrounded by family at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday, May 29 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Matthew Wiering celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 pm Tuesday and 7:30-10 am Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 pm at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Janet was born on November 10, 1933 in Mountain Lake to Michael and Edith (Johnson) Baier. She was raised on a farm in rural Comfrey. As a young girl she loved everything about life on the farm, including tending to the horses and other animals. As Janet became a young woman, the barn dances and roller skating were the highlights of the weekend. She graduated from Comfrey High School in 1952 and then attended nurses training at the Willmar School of Practical Nursing at Rice Memorial Hospital. She graduated with a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree in 1953 and then returned to the Comfrey area and worked at the Comfrey and Sleepy Eye hospitals for two years.
She was united in marriage on July 19, 1955 to Denis J. Windschitl at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth. Denis then entered the U.S. Army and they were stationed in South Carolina and Texas for two years. After being honorably discharged from the army, they built a home in New Ulm and raised their three daughters in New Ulm. Family always came first for Janet, and after raising her daughters she took a great interest in assisting with the care and activities of her six grandchildren as well. Many days she spent time at the ball fields while Denis umpired or while the girls or the grandchildren participated in sporting activities. Musical, dance, and art events were a favorite as well.
Janet was blessed with a nursing career of over 30 years and cherished every minute of the time she spent caring for the newborn babies and the new mothers at the New Ulm Hospital. She served as a compassionate, gentle caretaker with an incredible team of nurses at the New Ulm Medical Center in the maternity ward.
After retiring in 1997, Janet and Denis enjoyed their lake cabin near Pine River. Summer weekends were spent boating, relaxing, and fishing on the beautifully serene Lake Hattie. Gardening was a passion of Janet’s and in retirement she spend many years with the New Ulm Garden Club. Other hobbies included volunteering for the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary at the New Ulm Medical Center, old time music, bingo, embroidering, and simply being with other people. Janet was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.
Survivors include her daughters, Carla and Paul Walden of New Ulm, Connie and John Bethke of St. Peter, and Carolyn Rewitzer and fiancé Jim Lambert of Fosston. Grandchildren include Rachel Walden and fiancé John Rollins, David Walden, Bridget Rewitzer and fiancé Jeffrey Kalow, Joseph Rewitzer, Alec Bethke, and Andrew Bethke. Other survivors include sister-in-laws and husbands, Joyce and Clarence Sprenger of New Ulm, and Dorothy and Stan Painter of Spicer, along with many wonderful cousins, nieces, and nephews. Janet was preceded in death by her husband Denis J. Windschitl in 2007; and her parents, Michael and Edith Baier.