Janet Gwilt

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“I am so thankful for being blessed with my parents and the rest of our family including brothers, sisters, the outlaws, nieces, nephews, aunts,...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: peggy willis - dowagiac, MI

“Dear Ed, Sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers are with you. With sympathy, The Martinez Family. ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Martinez - Grosse Pointe Park, MI

“Our deepest condolences on your loss. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Tessa, Tia & Vaikunth Lillie-Cuchelkar - CA

“To Julie and the entire Gwilt family, Mike and I offer our condolences for your loss. While I have never met your mother, I have heard of her...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Cynthia Brosnan - Dowagiac, MI

“To the family of Janet Gwilt, Wes and I are sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 33 | Posted by: Tanya and Wes Lillie - Dowagiac, MI

“To the Gwilt family, I wanted to tell you I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was Lalways a very nice person and had a smile that...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Vicki Garritano - Cedar park , TX

“My thought and prayers are with the entire Gwilt Family. Janet was such a gracious and beautiful woman. I will miss her at Founder's Day...she was ...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Sue Ann Stewart - Dowagiac, MI

“Our Mothers were best of friends and I remember coming home from school in the afternoons and regularly hearing my Mom on the phone with Janet. There...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Julie (Frazier) Tavrides - FL

“I met Janet just a few years ago when she showed up at the aerobics class I teach for the Council on Aging. She made sure to tell me tht her...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Frannie Stites - Dowagiac, MI

“Dear Ed and Gwilt Family Good memories of 707 Spruce Street. Janet was so good to all of us ATO's that ran wild many years ago. All of us have you...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Joe Brown - Overland Park, KS

“The Gwilt Family, Sorry to hear about your mother and grandmothers death. She was always so supportive of all of you. Our prayers are with you. ...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Dave Strlekar - Cassopolis, MI

“To my Dear Aunt Janet Your memory lives forever with me Thank you for allowing me to share your name You will always be in my heart and everyday I...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Janet Fox - Dallas, TX - Niece

“To the Gwilt Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Janet. She was such a sweet woman that made you feel at ease the minute she smiled and began...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Angie Makay - Dowagiac, MI

“To the entire Gwilt family, I am so sorry for your loss, what a great women, wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gordy...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Greg & Sue Matthews - Dowagiac, MI

“To all of the family of Janet, You had one of the sweetest ladies as your mom. I will miss seeing her in her usual seat at church. Love, and...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Eleanor Moore - Dowagiac, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. Janet was an incredible lady, and one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. She will be greatly missed by...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Don and Elaine Bayles

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with all of you. ”
17 of 33 | Posted by: Chris and Allison Scovone - MI

“So sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother....She was always such a friendly and happy lady and will be missed in the...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Phyllis & John Valdes

“Mrs. Gwilt was a lovely lady. I remember going over to the Gwilts after school, in grade school and jumping on the trampoline. She never seemed to...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Mary Beth Hess Bella - Elkhart, IN

“Dear Otterbeins, I'm so sorry to hear about Grandma Gwilt! She was such a sweet woman and my thoughts and prayers go out to you. She is at peace...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Cathi Castellana

“Thoughts will go out to you every day for the rest of my life. You are truly an amazing woman and one of the most beautiful - inside and out - that...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Ashley Michelle Willis - Dowagiac, MI

“what a classy lady . the army of angels in heven just got stronger! My thoughts and my prayers are with gordy and the family.God bless. ”
22 of 33 | Posted by: michael smallbone - Dowagiac, MI

“Tony and family- Please accept our heartfelt condolances and prayers at this difficult time. With love, Dave and Krist Lawrence ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: David and Krist Lawrence - MI

“Our heartfelt condolences to the Gwilt family. She leaves a wonderful legacy of family, love, and happy memories. Our love, Jeff and Rae. ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Jeff Lehnertz - Royal Oak, MI

“I remember well growing up with my Class of '73 gals, hanging out with Julie at the Gwilt House. Mrs. Gwilt always had a smile on her face and also...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Pam, Bruce and Reggie Fritz - MI

“What a lovely lady......and wonderful family. Our sympathy to you all. Denny and Sue ”
26 of 33 | Posted by: Denny and Sue Dock - Stevensville, MI

“To Janet's Family, I loved going to the paint store to talk to Janet. She was always so welcoming and friendly. She was a wonderful person. Her...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Beth Mahar - Dowagiac, MI

“Dear Gwilt- Willis families, We are sorry for the loss of wife,mom,grandma. What a sweet and precious woman who could bear the weight of the world...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Sue and Steve Fountain - MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Dave and Anne Pudell - Lawrence, MI

“Janet, you are one of the sweetest ladies I have known and will be missed by so many. Always so gracious and appreciative with such a beautiful soul....Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Julie Fryman - dowagiac, MI

“Janet was a wonderfully sweet lady. The last time I saw her she smiled at me that "motherly" smile of hers and reminded me not to walk in the middle...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: carla steinman - dowagiac, MI

“A lovely woman. Like my own mother she embodied all of the attributes of a perfect mother. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate,...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Victor Frazier

“We will miss you and all the special memories you gave us. But Heaven is richer with your presence. Ted and Martha ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Martha Wallace - Dowagiac, MI


Janet's life began Christmas eve, 1928 the daughter of Herbert and Mildred M. (Nash) Fox. She is a 1946 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Janet was united in marriage to Gordon Gwilt on October 5, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. She and Gordy owned and operated Gwilt's Paint Store in Dowagiac for many years. Janet was a sister of Alpha Epsilon Master- Chapter Beta Sigma Phi in Dowagiac. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Civitan Club, the 728 Club and she held a "Masters in Motherhood" for beautifully raising nine children with Gordy. Her loving family includes her husband of 61 years Gordon Gwilt of Dowagiac, children Sally (Terry) Matthews of Dowagiac, Ed (Juanita) Gwilt of Grosse Pointe Park, Julie (Larry) Hewitt of Dowagiac, Peggy (Bruce) Willis of Dowagiac, Mimi (Cort) Otterbein of Birmingham, Nancy (Rob) Northrop of Dowagiac, Tom (Sue) Gwilt of Dowagiac, Tony (Jennifer) Gwilt of Troy and Joe Gwilt of Dowagiac; grandchildren Lisa (Gregg) Matthews-Speaks, Ron (Heidi Behnke) Matthews, Phillip and Patrick Nauert, Laura, Katie and Clay Hewitt, Rebecca Willis, Bruce Willis, Jr, Rachael (John) Willis- Fountain, Ashley Willis, Kyle, Kelsey and Keith Otterbein, Jeromy Northrop, Claire, Meghan and Gordy Gwilt; great grandchildren Drew and Anna Speaks, and a brother Thomas (Michiko) Fox of Bonita Springs, FL. Janet passed away on Tuesday January 22, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by a grandson Mark Anthony Willis in 1980. Her family will gather with friends on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Yazel & Clark Chapel where her sorority sister's will pay tribute to her at 7 p.m. Friday. Her funeral service will be held at the First Christian Church in Dowagiac at 11 a.m. on Saturday. She will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Janet's name may be directed to the First Christian Church. Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Janet at www.yazel-clark.com.

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