Jeanette (Homuth) Homb

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Jeanette A. (Homuth) Homb, 90, passed away at home in Richland Center on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 

She was born on Dec. 15, 1930, in Seneca Township, to Raymond and Helen (Honzel) Homuth and was the oldest surviving child. She grew up on a farm near Prairie du Chien and her entire life she was known for her independence, strength, generosity and resourcefulness. She was a caretaker. At the age of 8, she took care of her siblings and the house so her parents could work on the farm. After graduating from high school, she quit her job to take care of her mother and subsequently an aunt and her family while they recovered from illnesses. When her mother developed dementia, she moved her into her home. She took care of her husband of nearly 65 years, Vernon, during his prolonged illness; and she was a stay-at-home mom for years, taking care of her six girls. 

She was a survivor. Jeanette left home at 15, moved into a boarding house and, until high school graduation, worked as a waitress at Harvey’s Steakhouse Restaurant. She also worked as a clerk at Schultz’s in Madison. Jeanette returned to work outside the home in 1975 as a billing clerk for the Richland Utilities, until her retirement in 1994. When she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Shogren’s Syndrome almost 50 years ago, she decided her illnesses would not define who she was and that pain would not stop her from living. Even as the joint destruction advanced, she remained at home, taking care of herself, house and gardens until her death. 

She was a volunteer. “There are so many people in need and, by helping others, you will realize how fortunate you are.” Unofficially, Jeanette helped out any neighbor, friend or stranger who asked. Officially, she was a Girl Scouts leader and member of the community garden club. She made and donated over 100 pillows to the Cancer Center and knitted mittens to donate to area schools. At St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, she was a member and past president of the Altar Society, organizing and working at funeral lunches, cleaning the church and rectory, and sewing multiple projects for the parish, like baptismal gowns, communion robes, and repairing vestments. 

She was a lifelong learner. Jeanette read and asked experts for help to educate herself about areas she was interested in. She mastered anything involving her hands. Jeanette sewed most of her own and children’s clothes, became an organic gardener long before it was fashionable and was equally skilled at cooking for gatherings of 250 people as she was making cookies or doughnuts for neighborhood children. Her crocheting and knitting projects were works of art and she made over 100 quilts, of which she gave all but a few away. Most importantly, she passed on her skills to the next three generations of family and friends.

Survivors include six daughters, Diane Pearl of De Forest, Janice (Randy) Leonard of Richland Center, Cindy (Gordon) Johnston of Nashville, Tenn., Sandy of Minnetonka, Minn., Ellen of Milwaukee, and Mary (Ron) Ewing of Richland Center; 14 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Eva) Homuth of Clermont, Fla.; a sister, Kay Cherrier of Bella Vista, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Sandy Homb of Ventura, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Clyde Homb of Arlington, Texas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Arlene; son-in-law, Steven Pearl; and in-laws Ronald Cherrier, Robert and Leona Homb, Ray and Betty Homb, and Kenneth Homb.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richland Center on Friday, March 26, at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Masks are requested. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Richland Community Food Pantry, a charity of your choice, or plant a tree or flowers in your yard in her memory. 

The Clary Memorial Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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