Janet Kay (Hamberg) Mertens, 55, passed away August 9, 2016 at the Lantern Health Care Center in Crescent City, CA.
There will be a Celebration of Life held on September 3 at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples at noon. A luncheon will follow at the Staples Sportsmans Club, McGivern Park.
Janet was born August 15, 1960 in Kalstad to Roy and Lorraine Hamberg. The family moves to Staples in 1964. They were members of Faith Lutheran Church, Staples. Janet graduated from Staples High School in 1978. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked at a nursing home, later returning to Staples where she worked at 3M. She married Ralph Judd and started her own business, Precision Polishing, in Staples. In 1997, Janet moved to East Battle Lake where she owned and operated Linden Park Resort. She married Terry Strunic. Janet sold the resort and opened a greenhouse in Henning, later moving the greenhouse business to Wadena. Janet also worked for ProFab in Carlos for many years. She reacquainted with the love of her life, Jerry (Jiggs) Mertens and they were married and moved to rural Staples. She and Jiggs moved to California in 2015. Janet enjoyed the outdoors, beautiful ocean views, towering Redwood trees, flowers and spending time with her dog, Angie.
Janet is survived by her husband; two step-daughters, Tammy (Judd) (Rob Brown) of Brainerd, Trisha (Judd) (Matt Morales) of Staples; one step-son, Opie Mertens, Staples; four step-grandchildren; her mother, Lorraine Hamberg of Staples; three brothers, Leroy (Kathy) Hamberg, Breckenridge, Mark (Ann) Hamberg and Jon and (Daryls) Hamberg, both of Staples; one sister in-law, Betty Erbe of Staples and one brother in-law, Bob Hamilton of Klamath Falls Ore.; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceeded in death by her father and one sister, Linda Hamilton of Klamath Falls, Ore.