Johnette Kellogg, 1937 – 2019

A memorial mass will be held  Nov. 12 at St Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction for Johnette  Kellogg, 82, of Grand Junction.

Father Michael Kellogg and Father John Gerald will be concelebrants. Sheilah Pound will be soloist accompanied by Lois Last.

Interment will be at a later date at St Joseph Cemetery in Wesley.

Johnette Judith Kellogg was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Mason City. She died Nov. 4, 2019, in Des Moines.

Johnette was, first and foremost, a woman of faith. She loved her family, friends, church and her many students over the years. She was also a voracious reader and a life-long learner.

Johnette grew up in Britt and was married to Richard Kellogg on June 30, 1961, and moved to Grand Junction to begin her teaching career at East Greene in 1964. She taught at the Dana building until 1967 and then left the teaching profession to raise a family. After her children became older, she returned to teaching in 1975 at Jo Crandell’s preschool in Grand Junction.

When her husband Dick decided to retire, Johnette returned to school to get her BA degree in education at Iowa State University. She was extremely proud of her academic success and was the valedictorian for the School of Education in 1985. Johnette began teaching again at East Greene elementary in 1986 and retired in 2003. Her husband Richard passed away on May 1, 1992, and she never remarried.

One of Johnette’s greatest joys was her ability to work with children. Whether it was her grandkids or the many students she taught over the years, she found great fulfillment in helping young people learn and know they are loved. This love for others was motivated by her faith and her love for God was unquestionable. She was an active member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction for more than 50 years and found great strength in her faith community. Within the past few years of her life, she struggled with various health challenges but never lost faith and always kept a good, life-giving sense of humor.

Survivors include her sons Pierre (Sue) Kellogg of Grand Junction and Father Michael Kellogg of Becker, MN; her daughters Magdalene (Randy) Runyan of Grand Junction and Liz (Blaine) Lechko of Ladora; eleven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; her brother James (Carol) Bleich of Spencer; other relatives and friends.

Johnette will be greatly missed by her family and friends but is now enjoying the fruits of eternal life with God.

The family is assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Print or share article:Print this page
Print
Email this to someone
email
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Facebook
Facebook