Janet died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia, where she had been a resident.
Janet Dora Wieland was born Aug. 29, 1932 at the Bates Hospital in Aurelia, the daughter of George William and Pauline Selma (Stutz) Wieland. She received her education in the Aurelia Community School system, and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1950. While in school Janet played the clarinet in band, sang in mixed choirs, was a member of the Future Homemakers of America (F.H.A.), and served as a homecoming attendant. She attended the Methodist Church where she played the piano for adult Sunday school, and was learning to play the church's pipe organ. After Janet graduated she went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Cherokee, where she worked as an operator for a few months then worked in the business office for four years.
On Sept. 24, 1954 Janet married Harlan Kolpin in Jackson, Minn. In 1955 they moved to Chariton, and lived there until 1968, when they moved to Knoxville. In 1970 Janet and Harlan were divorced. Janet moved back to the area and settled in Cherokee with her five children. She worked a few years for O&E Cafe in Cherokee, then worked at Hilltop Care Center in Cherokee in both the dietary and laundry departments, until she retired in 1998.
Preceding Janet in death were her father in 1972, her mother in 1995, and her brother, Keith Wieland in 1988.
Survivors include her five children, Kathy and her husband Dale Zoch of Cherokee, Richard Kolpin of Cherokee, Cindy and her husband Dale Graham of Cherokee, Pam Craig of Cherokee, and James and his wife Linda Kolpin of Aurelia. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Melissa Agnitsch, Jody Zoch, William Graham, Jessica Graham, Adam Craig, Abby Craig, Ian Kolpin, and Eli Kolpin, two great-grandchildren; Dylan Agnitsch and Dominic Graham, one sister; Gretchen and her husband Dean Mummert of Cherokee, sister-in-law Darlene Joy Wetrosky of Cherokee, and other relatives and friends.