Janet J. Kerlin
Janet Joy Kerlin, loving and joyful wife, mother and friend, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at her home on Elk Lake in Williamsburg and was pronounced deceased Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Munson Medical Center while surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on July 25, 1937 in Standish to the late Clarence and Lottie (Hornyak) Demo. She spent most of her childhood in Flint and was a graduate of Flint Central High School.
On Sept. 22, 1956 she married her soul mate for life, Robert (Bob) Kerlin, in Flint, where they began to raise their four children. In 1973 Janet and Robert relocated to Traverse City with the desire to provide a better life for their children. Janet not only looked forward to the opportunity to build new friendships, she also fell in love with the views and landscapes offered by her new home overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay.
You could always count on Janet to brighten any situation with her twinkling blue eyes, constant smiles and jovial laughter.
She found in each day a way to share her love with others, including all her children, grandchildren and many dear friends. She was a shining example of the most wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Janet was preceded in death by her two brothers, Robert and Stanley Demo; and is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Kameron (Dina Walker) Kerlin; daughters, Kriste (Kenneth) Kerlin-Hornyak, Kelly (James "Bill") Kerlin-Ropposch and Koleen (Kenneth) Kerlin-Spigarelli; granddaughters, Kara (Michael) Wezner, Amy Kerlin, Kaelin Ropposch, Isabella Spigarelli and Hadley Grace Walker-Kerlin; grandsons, Keaden Hornyak, Kolter Hornyak and Tyler Spigarelli; brother, Paul (Cheryl) Demo; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12675 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. Father Raymond Cotter, of Christ the King, will officiate. The family is delighted to greet visitors at the church from 10 to 11 a.m.
The family suggests any memorial contributions be directed to The Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St., Traverse City, MI 49686; American Autoimmune Disease Association, 22100 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48021; or the Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Please share a memory with Janet's family by visiting her tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on September 15, 2019

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Carrie White
Sep 16, 2019
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Kara Schulz
Sep 15, 2019
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