Janet Viola (Nafe) Lindsay
Janet Viola (Nafe) Lindsay, 92, of Pontiac, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, March 16, 2021.
She was born January 15, 1929, in Cherokee, Iowa, to Miles and Tena (Deming) Nafe. Janet
attended Westmar College in LeMars, IA, graduating as an elementary teacher. She taught
upper grades at Mission School in Velarde, NM, Redbird Christian School in Kentucky, and 4th grade in Early and Fort Dodge, IA, before meeting Marvin Lindsay.
Janet and Marvin were married at Meadow Star Church on October 6, 1956, and would go on to enjoy 54 years of marriage, farming, volunteering in their community, and raising their three children on a farm in rural Washta, IA. Upon retiring from farming, Janet and Marvin traveled the 49 contiguous United States delivering Winnebago motorhomes and taking time to see the sights and visit their children and grandchildren. Janet and Marvin lived out their last few years together in Cherokee, IA, and upon Marvinís death in 2012, Janet spent the remainder of her life in Pontiac, IL, and Lexington, KY. She was able to attend her grandchildrenís sports games, concerts, art exhibits, and college classes. She cheered louder than everyone with her two-finger whistle and she made sure everyone around her knew who she was cheering for.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lindsay; brothers Lloyd Nafe and Dale
Nafe; and sister-in-law, Bernice Nafe.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kevin James Lindsay (Becky) of Vine
Grove, KY, and Grant Ward Lindsay of Lexington, KY; one daughter and son-in-law, Amy Kay
Duffy (Mike) of Pontiac, IL; eight grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Ragusa, Casey Lindsay, Alexa
Duffy, Naomi Lindsay, Jacob Duffy, Noah Lindsay, and Faith Lindsay; and three great-grandchildren, Lane, Wade, and Sadie Ragusa. She also leaves many other family members
and friends who will sadly miss her.
Janet was someone who wonít be easily forgotten. Her love of flowers, butterflies, and the color
purple will live on through the art she created that graces the walls of her friends and familyís home. She was an accomplished artist in watercolor and acrylic painting. A true artist, her imaginings graced not only paper, but barn boards, unfinished cedar slats, cement bunker silos, metal farm discs, dried mushrooms, and the bench that marks the Marvin and Janet Lindsay grave.
Never one to be bored, Janet always found unique ways to express herself. She performed in
plays over the decades, even writing and directing a skit to celebrate her and Marvinís 50th
wedding anniversary - a smash hit for the Grand Meadow stage. She took home 1st place in the
1986 Iowa State Fairís Husband Calling Contest. She whistled while she worked. And she
graced the cover of more than one newspaper over the course of her life.
Her friends and family will remember her as the woman with the sixth sense for spotting
hummingbirds, always on the hunt for their nest as the devoted ďFoxy GrandmaĒ who took great
pride in her grandchildren (and grandson-in-law), attended the birth of each of her greatgrandchildren, and as the fashionista who was never without matching lipstick, nail polish, and accessories.
Her funeral service was held Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Pontiac Public Library, 211 E. Madison, Pontiac, IL 61764. While Janet was a lover of all plants and flowers, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donorís choice.
Janet will be buried at the Grand Meadow Cemetery in Washta, IA, alongside her late husband and the peony bushes she planted many years ago. For Janet, cemeteries are not a place of fear or sadness, but a place to gather with coffee and donuts to share memories of lost loved ones. A memorial service will take place at the graveside later this Spring.† The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa will be assisting the family with local arrangements.† Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com