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Jeanette C. Walsh
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Jeanette C. Walsh, age 84, passed away peacefully in Zimmerman, Minnesota, on May 15, 2018, surrounded by her children. There will be a Celebration of Life at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, Princeton. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, where Jan will be laid to rest with her late husband, Harvey.

Jeanette Columbia Valentini was born on March 29, 1934, in Hibbing, MN, to Valentino and Theresa (Marino) Valentini. Shortly after graduating from Chisholm High School, she was married to Harvey W. Walsh on July 12, 1952, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chisholm. Jan worked as a medical receptionist and administrator and as a pharmacy tech. She volunteered at the elementary school where the students always looked forward to reading with her. Jan walked strongly in her faith as a longtime member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, renamed Christ Our Light, in Princeton. She was an amazing volunteer and gifted organizer, and she was very dedicated to her church community.

Above all else, Jan was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family was the most important aspect of her life. Spending time with her children and grandchildren brought so much joy to her life. No matter what they were doing, whether it was playing Catch Phrase, taking walks through the neighborhood, or eating spaghetti together, being with them brought a smile to her face and joy to her heart. Jan was always welcoming and made others feel loved. She never hesitated to help those in need and always made people feel everything would be okay. She will be missed dearly by all who were blessed to know her.

Jan is survived by her children, Will (Louanne Parker) Walsh of Flower Mound, TX, and Teresa (Ben) Pettibone of Zimmerman; grandchildren, Will (Sarah) Walsh of Leesburg, VA, Kelly Walsh of Austin, TX, and Catie Pettibone of Fargo, ND; great-grandchild, Carter Walsh; and brother, Roy (Mary Beth) Valentini of Lakeville.

Jan is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey on May 13, 1995; granddaughter, Courtney Walsh; and brothers, Albert and Alphonse Valentini.

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Celebration of Life




11:00 AM
Christ Our Light Catholic Parish-North (Princeton)

804 7th Avenue S
Princeton, MN 55371

Cemetery Details


Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55450


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