Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 5, 2013

Janet E. Harwood

FRANKFORT - Janet E. Harwood, age 74, a resident of Crystal Lake Township, and formerly of Plymouth, Mich., died on Sept. 1, 2013, with her devoted husband of 27 years, Bruce Harwood, at her side.

Janet was born on June 18, 1939, in Lincoln Park, daughter of Roy and Viola Holcombe. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in 1957, and went on to sing professionally as a Big Band singer until her mid-20s. Think of Rosemary Clooney or Lena Horne. When she stopped singing professionally, she kept up with her love of music by being active in her church choir and community theater groups. She sang at hundreds of weddings and funerals throughout the Detroit Area and Benzie County. She touched many lives through her music, kind heart, gentle nature, and loving spirit. She made the world a better place.

She eventually raised three sons in Plymouth, who have blessed her with many grandchildren. Janet was very active in the community, including serving as the lead cantor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church gracing the congregation with her voice every Sunday. She also served as the President of the Plymouth Arts Council, and volunteered in many community organizations. She was a remarkable person, who started The Plymouth Fitness Center for Women, before fitness clubs catering to women were commonplace. She has always been drawn to people and helping others.

In 1986, Janet and Bruce married in Plymouth. A couple of years later they retired to Crystal Lake Township, living in the beautiful home they built overlooking Lake Michigan and Frankfort. Janet continued to be active in the church (Saint Ann), in theater, and in real estate; she was a leading real estate agent at Coldwell Banker. During their 27-year marriage, Janet and Bruce were loving companions who enjoyed traveling and sailing the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior, the North Channel, Soo Locks, Green Bay Wis., and the Manitou Islands. Janet was a faithful First-Mate, who loved being by Bruce’s side. She also enjoyed feeding the numerous animals, including deer, turkey, squirrels, hummingbirds, and God’s other creatures, which frequented their safe haven.

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