Janet E. Cruff was born on August 30, 1937 to Edward and Della Margaret (Halkey) Swadish, Sr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 4, 1956, she was united in marriage to Douglas Bernard Cruff in Milwaukee. In 1966, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1977, they moved and made their new home in Scotland, South Dakota. Throughout her life, Janet was a dedicated, hardworking woman. Together the couple worked at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland; Douglas as an administrator and Janet as a secretary. In 1986, they moved to Miller where they once again worked side-by-side as an administrator and secretary at the Good Samaritan Society of Miller. Due to their occupations, they were able to spend a large part of their married life side-by-side. In 1995, they moved back to Scotland. For a time, Janet worked as a ward clerk at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital Avera in Scotland. When not working, Janet enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She also loved to read murder mysteries, especially Stephen King. She was a dedicated fan of her home state Green Bay Packers.
Janet was blessed with a tenacious quick wit. She was keen and direct with her conversations. Family was the most important thing to Janet. Her grandchildren would affectionately call her their “town mom.” She would go above and beyond for her grandkids, from being their paper route driver to an effective excuse to skip out on their chores. Janet was a great and entertaining mother and grandmother.
Janet passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland having attained the age of 78 years, 4 months, and 15 days.
She is survived and remembered by her children: Russell (Dalys) Cruff of Sioux Falls and Kimberly (Bryan) Hubbard of Scotland; grandchildren: Brandon (Amanda) Fischer, Dillon (Ashley) Fischer, Logon Fischer, and Isabella Cruff; great-grandchildren: Braelyn and Paxon Fischer; and brother Edward Swadish II of Detroit, MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband Douglas in April 1996, parents, and sister-in-law Sharon Swadish.