It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Janet Sue Gothrup, 71, of Mancelona. Janet passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Munson Hospital after a lengthy, valiant battle. Janet’s life was ended twenty-two days after being struck by a motor vehicle while enjoying her daily morning walk near her home.
Janet was born on November 4, 1948 in Mancelona, a daughter of the late Danny and Gladys (Larson) Scholl. As a child she lived in Mancelona, moved briefly to Alba, and then returned to Mancelona to live across the road from her childhood home.
She was a graduate of Mancelona High School with the class of 1966. On May 25, 1968 she was united in marriage to the late Clifford Gothrup. Janet worked for a short time after graduation at Wickes Manufacturing but spent the last 45 years being a homemaker. Janet’s main passions were her large family, friends and most importantly her grandchildren. Janet could be seen at most every sporting event and was the biggest cheerleader for her grandchildren. Janet also enjoyed gardening, having coffee with friends and family and Friday adventures with her daughter which usually included a trip to the casino.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sisters Virginia (Robert) Hubbard and Arvilla (Frank) Shepard and her brother August (Betty) Scholl.
Surviving are her daughters Debra Derrer and Kindra (Rick) Odette; 6 grandchildren, Dustin, Dakota, Dylan, Brandy, Corey and Paige; 5 great grandchildren; sisters Dorothy (Orlo) Wildfong of Mancelona, Betty (Tom) Hoppe of Alpena, Linda (Leonard) McHugh of Elmira; brothers Richard (Jackie) Scholl of Parma, Marvin (Mary) Scholl of Mancelona, Roger ( Bonnie) Scholl of Mancelona and Gordon (Audrey) Scholl of Kaleva; Several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will take place at Mortensen’s Funeral Home in Mancelona on Friday, July 17 from 6-8pm and the funeral will follow on Saturday, July 18 at 11am. Burial will take place at Mancelona Fairview Cemetery following the funeral service.
Monetary donations in Janet’s honor can be made to The Mancelona Varsity Football Program. Please make checks payable to Mancelona Public Schools, 112 St. Johns Ave., Mancelona, MI, 49659. Please include (Football) on the memo line.
Arrangements have been handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.