Jeanette A. Ertz of Grand Junction, Colo., — beloved wife, mother, and baptized child of God — was taken to rest in Christ on June 29, 2021. She lived a life shaped by God’s gifts of baptismal grace and faith, and died in God’s promises of eternal life for all who trust in Jesus’ redeeming death and resurrection.
Jeanette was born on Oct. 29, 1952, to Dale and Joyce Swedlund, in Winner, South Dakota. As an infant she was baptized into salvation and faith in Jesus in 1952, in Witten, South Dakota.
She and Melvin (Mel) were married in December 1971, and remained so for over 49 years.
Jeanette and Mel met shortly before she left for college. She moved west to attend college near Rapid City, South Dakota. Mel followed soon after and it wasn’t long before they were married. They then ventured out to Colorado Springs, Colo. Jeanette worked full time in Colorado Springs, for a local electrical company. Within a few years their family expanded as they welcomed their daughter, Mandy. Soon after Mel accepted a job offer in Grand Junction, Colo. So, the family moved over to the Western Slope of Colorado. This is where they would settle and raise their family. Their son, Lance, made his appearance a few years later. Jeanette was able to stay home with both kids and was kept very busy running after both children and tending to their unique needs.
Jeanette and Mel started a garage door and window business which kept the whole family busy for many years. Jeanette was an integral part of that business. She and Mel were also able to travel a bit, taking a couple cruises and a few other fun, island adventures. After owning the business for over 18 years, they decided to sell the company and were both able to enjoy some retirement adventures. They took the opportunity to travel a bit and immensely enjoyed spending time together.
Jeanette loved her family, her flowers and yard, and also her church. She looked forward to spring each year. Then she could get out, plant a few items, and enjoy the pretty yard that followed. She enjoyed talking with friends and keeping in touch with everyone. She often would contact friends to catch up, even those from her childhood in South Dakota. Talking to her friends and loved ones always gave her a lot of joy!
She is survived by her two loving children, daughter, Mandy Kaspar (Jason), of La Grange, Texas, and son, Lance Ertz, of Grand Junction, and also by her brother. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mel, her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Funeral services were held at Lutheran Church and School of Messiah, Grand Junction, Colo., on July 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the school at Lutheran Church and School of Messiah.