Janet I. Smethurst

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Janet I. Smethurst, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Feb. 25. 

She and “Will” are crossing the Rainbow Bridge together. She was born July 11, 1930 in Brodtville, the daughter of Milo and Velma (Sitts) Bean. She married Will Smethurst on June 27, 1951 and he later preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2006. Jan worked as a driver and cook for the Crawford County Head Start Program, and later as a switchboard operator for the Crawford County Administration Building. After her retirement she worked at Betty’s Hallmark in the Commerce Court Mall. 

She is survived by her daughter Julie (Robert) Grover of Lansing, Iowa; her granddaughter Jackie Daniels of La Crosse; her sisters, Vivian Frazier of Prairie du Chien and Linda Rose of Sturtevant. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter Mary; her brothers, Roger, Duane and Stevie Bean and a sister Helen Stagman.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be Saturday, March 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien, where friends and family will be gathering for cake and coffee. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

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