Janet R. Schwendinger, 71, of Dubuque, passed away May 17, 2021 at home.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church Father Thomas McDermott officiated. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service was held at 7 p.m. Family and friends also gathered after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass.
Janet was born June 18, 1949 in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Joan (Jaeger) Helle.
She married John Schwendinger, May 3, 1969, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. He preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2014. After spending 45 years supporting one another, they are forever reunited.
Janet dedicated her life to caring for, guiding, and modeling her values of hard work, care, and dedication to her family, serving Christ through her Catholic faith, and providing for her family. She gave many years of prideful work to Skowronek Jewelers and Mckesson Corporation. Janet volunteered her time tor Stonehill Health Center and The Serra Club of Dubuque.
Those left to cherish her memory, are her three children: Lisa, of Dubuque, James (Pamela), of Dubuque and David (Sara) of Des Moines; two grandchildren, Amanda (Shane) McNamer of Sherrill and Emily Schwendinger of Dubuque; and a great-grandchild expected in July; her surviving siblings: Doris (Clair) Riesberg, Joanie (Tom) Tauke, LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand, Bob Helle, Ruth (Larry) Griffin, Marlene (Ambrose) Koopman, Frank (Joann) Helle, Paul (Stella) Helle, LeRoy (Margie) Helle, Norma Kelchen, George (Connie) Helle and Pearl Kelchen. Also surviving are her brothers-sisters-in-law: Bill (Lois) Schwendinger, Elaine (Herb) Heid, Mary (Kevin) Klein, Pat (Julie) Schwendinger, Karen (Rick) Domeyer and Don Schwendinger; and many nieces and nephews.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents George and Joan Helle, father and mother-in-law Jerry and Rita Schwendinger, Sister Mary Ann Helle O.S. F. and brother in laws Gerry Kelchen and Harry Kelchen.