Gently, after a long illness. Jeanette, wife of 34 years to Donald Joseph Laut until his passing in 1993, and then to Jack O’Hara for 14 years before his passing in 2009. Loving mother to William (Bill) Laut (Dolly Overton), the much missed late Andrew Laut (Marianne Zoric), and Robert Laut. Stepmother to Shanna, Pat, Mike, and Kelly and an instant grandma to the many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Delighted to welcome her grandson Nicholas in 2001 born to Andy and Marianne. Jeanette was born in Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). She was one of three daughters of Andrew Edwin Hartviksen and Nora Hedin, who died when Jeanette was very little. She was very close to her sisters June and Helena, and then doted on her much younger little brother Jimmy born to her father Andrew’s third wife Nina who Jeanette loved and called her second mother. After Jeanette’s marriage, Don’s Ontario Hydro job meant moves to a variety of communities where Hydro was building projects. Some were in remote places like Little Long Rapids where access was only possible by rail and families lived in “double-wide” trailers. Jeanette thrived in the close knit atmosphere of these small communities and made life-long friends. The family moved to Sarnia where Rob was born and then settled for many years on the shores of Lake Huron at Port Elgin. After Don’s retirement, a move to Peterborough where the couple continued old friendships and made new ones. Jeanette had many interests, from bridge to baking, from choir to curling, to Norwegian themed crafts that expressed the heritage she was so proud of. After her marriage to Jack O’Hara, some new adventures including trips to New York and California. The Laut reunion in 1995 was a wonderful family gathering. A Hartviksen family reunion in Thunder Bay in 2000 was also a highlight, to gather with family and meet cousins from Norway. After Jack’s passing, another move, to Andy and Marianne in Mississauga, and after to Kipling Acres in Etobicoke as Jeanette’s health declined. The family in particular wants to express appreciation for the wonderful care Jeanette received at Kipling Acres from all staff.
Given current restrictions, a limited attendance service has been arranged for Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Turner and Porter Neweduk Chapel.
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A slideshow of pictures will be available starting at 1:40 p.m.
Words of Remembrance will then begin at 1:50 p.m.
The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Msgr. Owen Keenan, the pastor of Merciful Redeemer Parish in Mississauga, officiating.
Cremation will follow.
For those that wish, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or Canadian Food for Children. Online links to both charities are available under the Donations Tab on this memorial page.