Janette Conner


Janette Joy Conner, 90, of Cass Lake, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2020, in her home.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cass Lake, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Cass Lake under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Janette was born April 6, 1929, in Deer Creek, Oak Valley Township, MN, the daughter of Leon and Tamson (Chase) Hennagir She was raised and educated there, graduating from Deer Creek High School in 1947. She married Kenneth Conner on April 2, 1948, at the United Methodist Church in Wadena, MN.

Janette was a housewife, homemaker, den mother, Sunday school teacher and bookkeeper of the family-owned business of Ken Conner Logging. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cass Lake. Janette was very hardworking, determined, committed, and devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All of the family gatherings were hosted by grandma and grandpa in their home. She made it a priority to attend ball games and school activities. Janette loved nature, birdwatching, and hobby farming. She raised horses, chickens, geese, goats, and more. Janette was a Master Gardener; she loved planting, weeding, pruning, and watering her amazing flower garden. Janette was known for her decorated Christmas cookies, cinnamon rolls, and pumpkin pie, as well as beautiful embroidery and crochet work. Janette often spoke in metaphors, “take one day at a time,” “patience is a virtue,” “actions speak louder than words,” boredom is within yourself,” and one that her children often heard “do you have wooden ears.”

Janette had a “wacky” sense of humor that the grandkids loved. Grandma and grandpa’s home is a place the grandkids always want to go and rarely want to leave. Peanut butter jelly sandwiches and Sunny D were a staple in grandma and grandpa’s home.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Conner of Cass Lake, MN. Children Rita (Conner) Taylor of Bemidji, MN, Donald Conner of Cass Lake, MN, Joyce (Edward) Conner-Fairbanks of Bemidji, MN, Douglas (Cheri) Conner of Cass Lake, MN. Brother Lenzie Hennagir of Henning, MN. Five grandchildren, Ryan (Carolyn), Joseph, and Virginia Conner, Allison Conner, and Anna Fairbanks. Seven great-grandchildren Nick, Logan, Olivia, and Meyah Taylor, Faith, Noah, and Evangaline Conner. Granddaughter in-law DeNae (Darren) Olson-Taylor-Haagenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother, and one grandson Daniel Lee Taylor.

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