On August 18, 2023, our sweet Jeanette died peacefully with her children and husband at her side. Jeanette Rita (Myers) Richardson lived 82 years of unparalleled kindness and generosity. She raised her family with unconditional love and never wavered in her commitment to them or her faith. Though we were not ready to live in a world without her; Jeanette was ready to be with Jesus.
Jeanette was born on June 4, 1941 in Porcupine, WI, the 6th of Glenn and Ida Myers’s 7 children. She spoke fondly of her childhood, helping her mother bake bread and playing with her brothers and sisters on the farm. Daniel Richardson met Jeanette Myers in the mid-50s, when he was assigned a bean row right next to hers. Since they were pre-teens at the time, Dan opted to wait for a marriage proposal. Dan and Jeanette married on May 26, 1962. After a short time in Minneapolis, the couple moved to Plum Creek. Gregory Thomas, their firstborn, arrived just before they moved to Maiden Rock. Before Mary Beth and Glenn William were born, Dan and Jeanette moved to Arkansaw and settled in. Jeanette cherished her husband, three children, church family, and the Arkansaw community for the rest of her life.
In 1983, Jeanette became a grandmother. A caring, involved mother, Jeanette transformed into a full-on superhero as a grandma. From the eldest to the youngest grandchild, Grandma was a force of joy and absolute hilarity. She was not afraid to sneak around the corner and squirt a grandchild with a super soaker (indoors!) or slide down the Slip ‘n Slide right alongside them. Grandma taught her grandchildren to sew and bake, but she made sure they weren’t afraid of a little “good, clean dirt.” Grandma called all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren “precious” and told them all that “Jesus loves you and so do I” as often as possible. Grandma Jeanette was a treasure.
At age 48, Jeanette decided to work towards her nursing degree. In 1990, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and spent the rest of her career caring for residents of Oakview Care Center in Durand. As was her character, Jeanette found an immense amount of joy in serving the people she cared for and was committed to making residents and their families feel comfortable.
In her retirement, Jeanette spent time with her husband, whom she referred to as “Dad,” biking and working in the garden. She remained dedicated to her family and community, and always welcomed people into her home for a visit (the only exception perhaps, would be if there was a Brewers game on!). Anything she baked was outrageously delicious, her garden was miraculous, and anything she crocheted, sewed, painted, or drew was beautifully made with an abundance of love. Jeanette’s hand fit into Dan’s perfectly, and he held it wherever they went and until the end.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Dan, her children, Greg, Mary (John)Robelia, & Glenn, grandchildren, Will (April) Robelia, Michelle Fleishauer, Wendy (Matt) Siegel, Thomas (Britt) Fleishauer, Drew Richardson, Jenna Richardson, Rita (Dolyn) Salm & Care Richardson, 10 great-grandchildren, sister, Janice Girard, many brothers & sisters in-law, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Glenn & Ida Myers, siblings Iris (Arnie) Simonson, Clayton (Geraldine) Myers, Donald (Arlene) Myers, Charlotte Marcks, & Jackie Herbst.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 25, 2023 at the Community of Christ Church in Arkansaw. Visitation will be Thursday, August 24th, 2023 from 4:00- 7:00 pm at Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. To express on-line condolences, visit obituaries at www.goodrichfh.com