May 23, 2019

Janet Rosalene Yerks, 82, of Hutchinson, formerly of Hopkins and Merrifield, passed away Thursday, May 23, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. Memorial service was Saturday, June 1, at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with interment in Mission Township Cemetery, Mission Township, Crow Wing County, at a later date. Officiating was the Rev. Kelly Heide. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Soloists were Patti Cogley and Bobbi Ludewig performing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings.”

Janet Rosalene Yerks was born Feb. 15, 1937, at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis. She was the daughter of William and Martha (Maunumaki) Korpela. Janet was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at the Finnish Apostolic Church in Cokato. Janet received her education in Cokato and was a graduate of Cokato High School Class of 1955. She continued her education in Berkeley, California, attending college for one year.

On Aug. 11, 1956, Janet was united in marriage to Marvin John Yerks at the Finnish Apostolic Church in Cokato. This marriage was blessed with five children, Debra, Daniel, David, Dale and Dean. Janet and Marvin resided in Hopkins and Merrifield. They shared 35 years of marriage before Marvin passed away June 16, 1992.

Janet and her husband, Marvin, co-owned and operated two resorts, Pipestone Point Resort in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, and PineCrest Resort in Merrifield, where she was a member of Mission Township Fire Auxiliary. She later worked 15 years for Walmart and retired in 2007.

Janet loved resort life and had a passion for helping others appreciate the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing and traveling. Janet cherished her time spent with family and friends.

When Janet needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on June 12, 2015.

Blessed be her memory.

Janet is survived by her children, Debra Crooks and her husband Gary of Hutchinson, Daniel Yerks and his wife Shawn of Brooklyn Center, David Yerks and his wife Denise of Fort Worth, Texas and Dean Yerks and his wife Lisa of Brooklyn Park; daughter-in-law Carol Yerks of Haines City, Florida; grandchildren, Stacie Yerks, Christopher Yerks and his wife Samantha, Nicole Yerks, Cole Yerks, Hunter Yerks and Blake Yerks; stepgrandchildren, Stephen Farmer, Maddy Hallum, Zackery Verrett, Mark Soligny, Tiffany Evans and Susie Warner; siblings, Betty Prosch of Buffalo and William Korpela, Jr. and his significant other Lois Ehnert of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents William and Martha Korpela; husband Marvin Yerks; son Dale Yerks; sister Mary Dorf; and brothers-in-law, Emil Dorf, Jr. and Allen Prosch.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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