Janet E. Horn, 81, Rochester passed away at 5:03 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
Janet Elaine Wills was born in Grass Creek Dec. 30, 1939. She was a treasured daughter of Paul and Reva Nickles Wills. Growing up as the second oldest of the Wills kids she shared her childhood with a sister Lou Anne and two brothers Dean and Allen. In 1957, Janet graduated from Grass Creek High School.
In Lucerne, Janet married the love of her life, Mr. Maurice Fredrick Horn, on July 6, 1957. They have shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children Patti, Tim and Lisa. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.
Janet’s memberships include the Order of Eastern Star and the “The Friendly 12 Club.” She also loved snaring the bargain of the day when going to garage sales with a carload of gal pals.
With a love for the outdoors, Janet was happy to be planting radiant flowers to enhance the landscape of her home. Each spring brought on the planting of the beautiful garden usually consisting of sweet corn, a vast pumpkin patch, tomatoes and green beans. The Horn ladies led by Janet devoted a sweet corn freezing day. Of course there was the family pumpkin carving competition annually in October. During the summer weeks Janet could be seen onboard her shiny John Deere lawn mower grooming the lawn to perfection.
An extraordinary cook, Janet was at home in her kitchen command post. From there she prepared many meals for the help while observing the activities in the field. At the holidays, Grandma rolled into action preparing the favorite dishes of the day. She made the most amazing peanut butter fudge and pumpkin cookies. Janet also made many unique creations like her simmering ham and beans with dumplings.
Paramount in Janet’s life was her family, as the matriarch of the Horn family she was very proud of her legacy, overseeing four generations. She was the rock and always there to lend support when needed.
Left to cherish Janet’s memory are her husband, Maurice; three children: Patti Horn, Tim Horn and Lisa Adams and husband Kent; five grandchildren: Travis Horn and wife Kristin, Ty Horn, Kyle Horn and wife Marjorie, Ben Adams, Troy Adams; three great-grandchildre: Layne Horn, Tanner Horn, Tylee Horn; a sister, Lou Anne Townsend and husband Ryan of Kewanna; two brothers: Dean Wills of Los Lunas, N.M., Allen Wills and wife Carolyn of Altoona, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Janet in death are her parents; grandson Jordan Cole Horn Aug. 30, 2007; and great-grandson Trey Douglass Horn Feb. 15, 2007.
A celebration of the life of Janet Horn will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Teri White will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 21, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wheels On Fire % Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 S., Akron, IN 46910 or the Rochester Wrestling Club, 1390 W. 6th St., Rochester, IN 46975