Janet K Mohn
- Date Of Birth: February 2, 1922
- Date Of Death: January 27, 2017
- State: Montana
Janet Kerr Mohn, 94
On January 27, 2017, Janet Kerr Mohn entered into eternal life. In keeping with her independent and determined spirit, she chose to tell this brief story of her life.
Janet was born February 2, 1922 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Her parents were Alfred Thomas DeLandelles and Alison Clark Simpson. She spent her early years on her father’s dairy, May Dairy. Upon his death, when she was 13, she had to leave school to help her mother and eldest brother by milking cows and cleaning stalls to keep the dairy operational.
When she was in her late teens, the dairy was sold, and she began work in the administrative department of the local hospital. It was during this period of time, Australia was drawn into World War II, the 41st Division encamped outside her hometown, and she met her American husband. She married Earl W. “Bill” Mohn on Wednesday, November 24, 1943 which was the beginning of the servicemen’s Thanksgiving weekend.
With the war’s end, Bill returned to the States, was discharged, and the process began for Janet to join him in Kalispell. She boarded the Mariposa in Brisbane April 11, 1946. She began her permanent resident alien status in the US on April 25, 1946 when she docked in San Francisco.
Janet joined the First Presbyterian Church of Kalispell in September 1949 and remained a faithful and constant servant to this family of faith until her death.
Being a foreign-born wife had its challenges.
Entering the workforce when her husband became disabled, she had the opportunity to serve the public in different businesses. A few of the businesses were Evergreen Pharmacy, Snappy’s, Modern Machinery and its successor, and Kalispell News Agency.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings Ann Pratt, John DeLandelles, and Douglas DeLandelles, and three nephews, Fred, Peter and Lance Pratt.
She is survived by her children: James and Randy Mohn, Lakeside; Gayle and Randall Collins, Kalispell; and Glenda Schulze, Kalispell. Grandchildren are Christina and Gabe Munter, Mebane, NC; Carrie Mohn, Duluth, MN; Matthew and Kady Mohn, Eden Praire, MN; Kerra Collins and fiancé Richard Haven, Kalispell; Brandan and Emilie Schulze, Kalispell; Bryan Schulze, Kalispell; and Brayden Schulze, Libby. Great-grandchildren are Cora Munter; Jacqueline Mohn; Ilse, Anya, and Etta Schulze; and Gavin Schulze.
Surviving her in Australia are nieces and nephews: Alison Pratt, Ann Margaret Tosch, William Pratt, Charlie Pratt, Jim Pratt, Sandra Robinson, Sally Jones, Les Pratt, Rod Pratt, Bernard DeLandelles, Aloma Everingham, Vanessa DeLandelles, Sidney DeLandelles, Ian DeLandelles, and Bronwyn Malouf. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mary “Dot” DeLandelles, as well as cousins in Australia and Scotland.