Janet K. (Richer) Benoit

Resided in Bark River, Michigan
Died July 3rd, 2019

Janet (Richer) Benoit, 79, formerly of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.  The former Janet K. Servant, lost her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease while residing with her daughter and son in law, Sandy and Joe Derouin in Bark River for past three years.

Janet was born in Escanaba on July 12, 1939, daughter of Myrtle {Hendrickson} and Arthur Servant.

She graduated from Escanaba High School, Class of 1957. Throughout her high school years she enjoyed being a cheerleader.

On September 6, 1958 she married Gerald Richer at St Anne’s Parish in Escanaba. They made their home in Schaffer and had one daughter, Sandy. They were married almost 30 years until his death in 1988.

Janet was active in Jerry’s racing career. She was always helping in the garage with whatever he needed to keep the car looking good for the next race. They also loved their dogs; spending time at camp and snowmobiling with family & friends. She was an avid Detroit Lion, Tiger and Pistons fan. She also enjoyed NASCAR especially watching Dale Earnhardt.

Janet cooked at BR~H Schools for 26 years. The fun had in that kitchen was well heard all throughout the school. Many laughs were enjoyed. She retired when she met the love of her life Clarence Benoit of Escanaba. They were married in 1999 at St Anne’s Parish in Escanaba. She was so fortunate to meet such a loving man. Together they liked bowling, golfing & dancing. Clarence passed away in 2013.

Janet is survived by her daughter Sandy (Joe) Derouin of Bark River; their children, daughter Brooke (David) Vermullen of Grand Rapids; son Bryce (Eden Laase) of Marquette; brother Jon Servant of Escanaba; sisters-in-law Julie Servant of Brampton and Karen Richer, of Escanaba; brothers-in-law Allan (Janet) Richer, Roger Richer, Mike (Pam) Richer, Joe (Nancy) Richer all of Bark River; and Tom Noon of Menominee along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also among survivors are Clarence’s seven children, Barb (Dennis Zanetti) Taetsch, of St. Clair Shores, MI, Mike (Colleen) Benoit of Kenosha, WI, Bonnie (Dennis) Koenig of Highland Beach, FL, Peggy (Mike) Fleming of Bakersfield, CA, Dean (Kathy) Benoit of Orland Park, IL, Rick (Lisa) Benoit of Escanaba and Penny Erickson of Gladstone, MI; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents Art & Myrtle Servant; step dad Norman Tebear; special mother in law Carmel Richer and father-in-law Joe Richer; brother Wayne Servant; sisters in law Marlene Servant, Mary Peterson and Darlene Noon; brothers-in-law Art Richer; and Bub Richer; nephew Ricky Peterson; and niece Jodi Peterson.

Visitation will be held on Monday July 8, 2019 at St Anne’s Church in Escanaba from 4 – 6 p.m. (EST). The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Janet’s family would like to thank UPHS Hospice for their loving care. Also, special friend Margaret Viau, Sandra Derouin, Mary Smith, Paula Derouin, Jean Isetts and crew for everything you did in helping us through this journey.

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2 Tributes to “Janet K. (Richer) Benoit”

  1. I was sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. Had lots of fun with them in years past. God’s Peace to you and your family.

  2. Sandy, I only met your mom once, so I didn’t really know her. However, I know this…she had to have been one very special lady to have raised a daughter like you. Hugs, love, and prayers for Mom, you, and your family. Love you, Pam

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