I'm heartbroken to hear of Janet passing. I worked with her for 5 years when I was transferred to Muscatine IA with HNI Corporation. We worked on a training program and she was the best facilitator to work with. We got to travel together which makes for the best memories. She was funny, smart and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Since I moved back home to Virginia, we lost touch but I will always have great memories of her and consider her a dear friend.
Janet and I attended Roosevelt Elementary School for Kindergarten and First grade! She was immediately someone who I felt connected. We moved to the East side and our paths rarely connected. In 11th grade we were both chosen to go on the United Nations Tour to New York and Washington DC. It was an incredible experience that combined students from the local high schools in a government, foreign policy and cultural immersion. Janet and I recognized each other immediately and enjoyed our time together. She never seemed to meet a stranger. She had a loving and warm personality, Having read the memories people have shared, it is obvious she will be missed.Gone far too soon.
Rachel Huffman Hammer
My heartfelt sympathies to the family. Janet and I spent a significant part of our careers working side by side at HNI. She was an accomplished professional and respected by all. She was to text me on the 9th about getting together that evening for dinner and drinks. An opportunity to catch up, and to hear all about all her plans in retirement. I have had her on my mind every day since. I will miss her so much.
Love you Janet. I will treasure the memories until we see each other again.
Barb, Carol and all the family,
My heartfelt condolences with the passing of Janet. Our friendship began quite awhile ago in the old neighborhood. Koser Avenue. I didn't physically live on Koser, but evidence would suggest otherwise. Janet and I spent a year or two at Colonial Lanes in a bowling league on Saturdays. We all wished we could bowl as well as she did. So many sleep overs, football games etc. remind me how much a part of our lives us girls spent together. I have nothing but wonderful memories with her and our crowd. I know she will be missed. Katie Collins Bretz
I met Janet at HNI many years ago and while I never has the opportunity to work with her directly, I admired her very much for the success she achieved. She always made me laugh when I spoke to her.
I tell this story about Janet all the time, so I want to share it with you. As you may know parking at HNI buildings is brutal. And the office members were always complaining that the factory members parked in the front lot, and that they should park in their lot saving those spaces for office members. In variable someone complained about this to the president of the company every time we had a member meeting. The last time I heard this complaint was during the question-and-answer portion of our member meeting when the President of the company Jerry Dittmer asked Janet to stand up. I'm sure she was thinking what the heck...why am I being asked to stand up. Well Jerry pointed out that Janet always had the best parking spot, first row right next to the walkway. Then he asked her what time she came to work, and she replied about six. He then announced to everyone that was the way to get the best parking spot and that most days she had a better spot then he did and that he hoped this would be the last time he addressed this issue. Those of us that knew Janet had a good chuckle and congratulated her later for setting the parking bar high.
I will always remember her is telling me how much her family meant to her especially her nieces and nephews. My thoughts are with you Mrs. Homewood as no mother should lose a child. Please know that many of us at HNI are thinking of your family at this time and hope that your memories of Janet will bring you joy in the day to come.
Barb and Family, we are so sorry to learn of the passing of another family member. Thinking of you all at this sad time. God Bless You All, Dave & Rose Anne Steninger
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Janet. We know the Homewood family with come together with love and sweet memories to support you.
Much love from the Cartier family.
God bless the Homewoods. ❤️
So sorry for your loss. Carol and Janet were both flower girls in my wedding in 1963.
Thinking of you with sympathy,
Margaret (Baker) Bowman
Dear Homewood Family,
I was so sad to hear of Janet's passing. Janet and the entire Homewood Family was such and important part of my life growing up! The basketball games, the sleepovers, (where we barely slept), the life lessons we went through together with each others support. Having you as my next door neighbors influenced my life more than you will know, and in a very good way.
She left too soon. My heart is with you all❤️
Barb Alderman Acker
All my Homewood friends, I am so very sorry for this sudden loss. My thoughts are with you.
So sorry to hear of the passing of Janet. She was to young to leave this earth but seems heaven up above had a different plan. Thoughts & prayers being sent to you all. Jim & Jan Callahan Barnes ( West High School Classmate of Carol)
Mike , Barb and family.
I was shocked when I saw this . I’ve known Janet for over 40 years. Very outgoing and positive. Sending heartfelt sympathies to all of you . Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs
We lived next door to the Homewood family when I was very young, early '60s, so my memories of Janet range from high school to when we both were little kids. My deepest sympathies to Barb, Carol, Mike and rest of family.
Homewood family sorry for your loss. You will all be in my prayers. Keep all the good memories in your hearts forever. God Bless you all.
Janet was a mentor to me, but even more so a great friend. She texted me her last day at HNI that she had turned in her badge and was leaving for the last time. In my response I stated she should be proud of the impact she had on not only my life but so many others. I will dearly miss her and going to lunch with her. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
I was blessed to have had lunch with Janet the day that she retired. We had a lovely time and spent a lot of time laughing, as we are both now retired. Not only was I able to learn a great deal from her in the years we worked together, but gained a dear friend that I will greatly miss. What a special lady.