Janet Shipley Hartzell

Janet Isabel Shipley Hartzell passed away April 15, 2019, at the age of 95 years following an acute illness. Janet was the daughter of Bernis and Grace Shipley of Dayton, OH.

She was a graduate of Otterbein College of Westerville, OH, where she majored in chemistry.

She was married for 67 years to Richard (Dick) Hartzell, M.D., now deceased and is survived by children Rick, Sharon, Bill and Susan Hartzell, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Grantsburg, Wisconsin, where Dr. Hartzell established his medical practice was home to the Hartzell family for nearly 50 years.

Janet was a lifelong learner and took on many projects. She loved nature and studied geology, biology and botany and collected many identification books so that she could identify birds, plants and rocks. In her younger years, she was an avid fisherman joining her husband and friends on trips to northern Wisconsin and Canada. She and the whole family enjoyed driving around Crex Meadows looking for wildlife and to count deer every Fall.

She was passionate about classical music and the opera, attending many concerts and performances with her husband always by her side. She learned italic handwriting and flower arranging, wallpaper hanging and furniture refinishing. Collecting early American antiques was another passion and she attended many auctions to obtain collections of wooden spoons, butter molds, coffee grinders and ice chests, to name a few. What needed refinishing, she did herself.

Janet’s biggest project was the renovation of an old Swedish farmhouse, east of Grantsburg, purchased after attending an auction there and discovering it was available for sale. She completely renovated and decorated this 100-year-old house in farmhouse style and created a place to showcase her antiques. This 160-acre property was known as “The Farm” and beloved by Janet, Dick and family.

Our mother was active in a number of organizations including The Order of the Eastern Star in Grantsburg and served as Grand Esther in the 1965 Wisconsin Grand Chapter. She was on the board of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, traveling to Madison and historical sites around the state. She was instrumental in organizing the 1975 St. Hans Fest (a Norwegian celebration) in Grantsburg, bringing folk arts, dancers and traditional foods to town.

She also worked tirelessly with pastor James Know to renovate the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church in Grantsburg.

Our mother was strong, and independent. She was precise in her actions, timely with every deadline and always well organized. Aside from her many projects, she developed many deep and valued friendships and truly loved her friends. Before moving to Edina, MN to be closer to her family, she and Dick lived in Naples, Florida. In addition to traveling, her favorite pastime was shopping and dining out at her favorite restaurants. During her final days, she asked to do these very things. She will be remembered for being cheerful and looking lovely at all times.

Memorials to: Friends of Crex, Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, WI 54840.