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“She will be missed.........GOD BLESS HER.. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: michael kujawa - MI

“Mr. Roodbeen, Sue, Richard, Michael & Family, I wish to express my condolences on your loss. "Mom" Roodbeen was a wonderful person and I remember...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kathleen Krull - Warren, MI

“Mom always made me feel like her daughter instead of a daughter-in-law. She always included me in everything. Her, Sue and I would go shopping and...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Theresa Roodbeen Velchansky - MI

“Although it has been a number of year's since we've seen each other. ..I fondly remember her kind spirit.My deepest sympathy! ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: jenn fileccia - casa grande, AZ

“my wife and i met janet and rudy on russell island, where we each had cottages. first impressions are always right. they were so much fun to be...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: bob moosekian - livonia, MI

“May you all find comfort and strength in the beautiful memories of times you spent together. Quietly and gently may healing come with each new day....Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Bob & Cookie Soulliere - MI

“I worked 1st at Perry Drug, then Rite Aid. I remember Mrs. Roodbeen having hip surgery so she could chase her grandchildren around. What a lovely...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Rottiers - Eastpointe, MI

“It was wonderful to see Janet and have her help with our 50th Pershing High School reunion in 2009. Rest in peace Janet from all of your Pershing...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Josie Varcie-Figurski - FL

“You have always referred to me as your rock because in moments of crisis you knew where to turn and that I was always there for you no matter the...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Richard Roodbeen - Detroit, MI


With her zest for life and a matchless adventurous spirit, Janet Marie Roodbeen made every effort to live her life to fullest. She never waited for anything to come to her; each morning she faced the day ready to explore and learn and, with her selfless nature, taught what she had found along the way to those she loved. She was the ultimate Wife, Mom, Grandma, Sister and Friend to so many and now we honor the life and legacy of this great lady.

Janet Marie Roodbeen's journey of life began on Christmas Eve, 1940. (It should be noted that even with a birthday that fell mere hours away from Christmas, each December 24th was to be treated as her special day and gifts were not to be wrapped in Christmas paper!). She was the middle child of three children born to Justin Kincheloe and Edna Guyette. At an early age, Janet's parents would divorce and Donald Triplett would step in as her doting step-father. Don worked as a driver for many companies to support his family.

Janet was a typical young girl growing up in post-World War Two America and always looked forward to spending time with her grandparents in East Detroit. Through her grandparents, Janet learned the value of self-reliance; she was taught to fish, garden, cook and at the end of the day enjoyed snuggling up close to the radio to listen to the Tiger's baseball game with her Grandfather.

When she was seventeen, the family would relocate to Warren, Michigan and Janet would graduate from Pershing High School in June of 1959. Several years earlier, Janet would meet the man who was to become the love of her life for the next fifty-four years, Rudy Roodbeen. Janet was taken with Rudy's quick wit and charm and found out they had quite a bit in common. From fishing and playing cards to picnics at the beach and enjoying football games together, the two could not have been more compatible. After several years of dating, Janet and Rudy were wed on May 14, 1960.

Janet and Rudy made their first home in Detroit and, as time would go on, they would welcome children Richard, Michael and Susan into their lives. As a Mother, Janet could not be beat. While Rudy worked outside of the home supporting the family, Janet decided that every opportunity was a chance to teach her young children a valuable lesson. As she had been taught years earlier, Janet educated her children on the beauty of nature and how fascinating the outside world can be. They were trained to cook, clean, fish, swim and drive all by Janet who, in her free time, was also very active in their extra-curricular activities. She was Michael's Cub Scout Den Mother and Susan's Girl Scout Leader for several years and every child that came under Mrs. Roodbeen's tutelage was a more well-rounded and better young person.

After Janet's children grew up and moved away, she decided it was time to rejoin the workforce. As she had done at Henry Ford and St. John Hospitals before becoming a Mother, Janet applied and worked for nearly twenty years as an Administrative Assistant at the Schwartz Machine Company. Janet could not have been more loved and respected by her fellow coworkers and employers. She was terribly reliable and knew how to operate a stable and efficient office. Janet could best be described as a valuable asset to the company and was ever ready to go above and beyond what her job description called for. Janet would retire from Schwartz Machine in 2002.

Retirement opened up a world of opportunities for Janet and Rudy to see the world. Several vacations were made to Hawaii and the two would cruise to every island in the Caribbean. Summers were spent at the family cottage and visits were made to see family across the country. Janet enjoyed golfing trips and monthly card tournaments with the many friends she had made throughout the years. However, as much as she loved socializing, Janet could not have been more content than quietly sitting by the lake with her fishing pole patiently waiting for the next bite.

As a Grandma, Janet never hesitated to roll up her sleeves and get messy right along with her three grandchildren; Richard, Sarah and Andrew. It was a typical site to see Grandma Janet on the floor coloring, playing with blocks and doing puzzles, much to her grandchildren's delight. And when they were through, she would take her grandchildren outside to do more exploring, fishing and hiking. She was a devoted and loving Grandma who loved watching her grandchildren grow.

It was rare you would catch Janet in front of the television screen; she would much rather be reading a mystery or biography, knitting or just breathing in fresh air on the patio with Rudy always at her side. At the end of the day, Janet could look over her full life and be proud of all she had accomplished.

After a short battle with cancer, Janet Marie Roodbeen made her peaceful transition with her family and friends by her side on July 10, 2014. To each person that met Janet during her seventy-three years on Earth, she made an enormous impact. Her name translated from Hebrew means "gift from God" and that is exactly what Janet was. She was an intelligent, vivacious women who proved that life does not stop at any age and there is always something new to learn and see. The void she has left in our hearts is vast and can only be filled by the wonderful memories that we will forever cherish.

She will be greatly missed.

Janet is survived by her husband of 54 years, Rudy Roodbeen; children, Richard (Latisha) Roodbeen, Michael Roodbeen and Susan (Joseph) Medley; grandchildren, Richard (Stephanie) Roodbeen, Sarah Medley and Andrew Medley; siblings, Barbara (Jim) Petoskey, Donald Triplett and many extended loved ones and friends.