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Janet Mae Thompson


Janet Mae Thompson

February 15, 1953 - May 22, 2020

Janet Mae Thompson, 67, of Nett Lake, MN passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, MN.

Janet was born to Leonard and Myra (Drift) Thompson on February 15, 1953 in Thief River Falls, MN.

Janet grew up and attended school in Nett Lake. She raised a family as a strong single mother of three. She was a loving and strong-willed mother who raised her children to be respectful and to be responsible. She was the tough mama bear who taught her cubs the ways of the world.

Janet enjoyed hunting and fishing. She enjoyed her time at the casino, playing bingo and slots, and attending the shows. She loved going to Orr with her mother Myra to play smear. She was an accomplished beader and loved sewing. She made many jingle dresses for herself and her family. She loved attending pow wows, was a jingle dress dancer, and also a drum-keeper.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers: Leonard Thompson and Curtis Thompson.

Janet is survived by her three children: Raymond (Rebecca) Thompson, Michael Thompson, and Rorie Thompson; grandchildren: Henry Thompson, Nicholas Thompson Amanda Thompson, Orion Thompson, Samantha Farr, and Jon-Marie Farr; sisters: Muriel and Lois Thompson; and Harvey Thompson.

A Traditional Wake will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM at the Nett Lake School Gym. The Traditional Native Service will be held the next day, Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Spiritual leader will be Steve Jackson and Spiritual Advisor Gene Goodsky. Casket Bearers: Quinten Thompson, Orion Thompson, Nick Thompson, Henry Thompson, Shane Drift, and Sean Drift. Honorary Casket Bearers: Mark Drift, Pete Drift, Erik Halvorson, and Henry Halvorson. To leave an online condolence visit

Family Gathering

Nett Lake School

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

5:00 PM

13090 Westley Drive

Nett Lake, Minnesota 55772

Traditional Wake-Due to Covid, capacity will be at 25%.

Traditional Native American Service

Nett Lake School

Thursday, May 28, 2020

10:00 AM

13090 Westley Drive

Nett Lake, Minnesota 55772

Traditional Native Service-Due to Covid, capacity will be at 25%


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