Janette L. Hardy, 72, New Palestine, passed away on May 10, 2016, at her home. She was born on September 9, 1943, in Baudette, Minn., to Emmett Chilgren and Anna (Johnson) Chilgren.
On June 7, 1968, she married her husband, Lee Hardy, and was happily married for nearly 48 years prior to her passing. Janette completed her postgraduate education and graduated from Bemidji State University, in Minnesota. After completing her education, she worked as a music teacher at Maxwell Middle School for several years. She became one of the two first women high school band directors in Minnesota, overseeing numerous children’s choirs, theatrical performances, band events and choral performances throughout the years.
She also was a choir accompanist for the Greenfield Community Choir for over 30 years, music accompanist at Greenfield High School, a choir director for two years at Girl’s State and two years at Girl’s nation in Washington, D.C., a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Eastern Star in Morristown. Was well-known for having a passion for musical arts and enjoyed in sharing that love with others. Her talents, love of laughter and compassion made her an inspiration to the people around her, especially her family, who were her greatest source of her happiness and love.
In addition to her husband, Janette is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Angela) Hardy; son, Aaron (Jessica) Hardy; seven grandchildren, James, Tyler, Justin, Edward, Liam, Rowan and Evelyn; four stepgrandchildren, Isaiah, Julian, Graceanne and Katelyn; sister, Vivian (Rich) Kevan; as well as many beloved uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation for Janette will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016, with a memorial service 2 p.m. following the visitation at New Palestine United Church, 15 E. Main St., New Palestine,
Memorial contributions may be made in Janette’s name to the New Palestine United Church, to the American Cancer Society, or to the Greenfield Community Choir Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are being handled by Hendryx Mortuaries.
Online condolences may be directed to hendryxmortuaries.com or the Hendryx Mortuaries’ Facebook page.