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Janet E. Mulvihill

Janet E. (Wasielewski) Mulvihill, 83, of Bushnell, died at the Kimball County Manor on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

Funeral services for Janet will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Roger Gillming and Joe Perkins officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit http://www.cantrellfh.com to view Janet’s Tribute Wall and share condolences and stories with the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Kimball County Manor Residents Fund or the Bushnell Volunteer Fire Department. The services for Janet have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Janet Esther Mulvihill was born in Kimball on January 23, 1940, the daughter of Leonard and Esther (Evertson) Modlin. She was raised on the family farm north of Bushnell which still belongs to the family.

She received her education from the Bushnell Schools, graduating in 1958. On January 23, 1959, Janet was married to Rich Wasielewski and they raised Kent, DeVota, and Keith on the family farm. Rich preceded Janet in death in 1978. She later married Donald Mulvihill, who preceded her in 2005.

Janet was an active member of the Starlighters extension club for many many years. Her enthusiasm for bowling was infectious, she could always be found at the bowling alley on Tuesday mornings and then she joined the Wednesday grandparents league. Her involvement didn’t stop there, she was also an integral part of the Bushnell First Responders, Bushnell Fire Department and a Charter member of the Bushnell Fire Belles and Red Hatters. Her dedication to these groups was unwavering, whether it was responding to a fire or being first on the scene to help someone in need.

Janet was also an amazing cook, she would volunteer to prepare the meals with the different organizations she belonged to for the Bushnell Lions Club. Janet helped make pies at the Eagles for many years. She is known for her Peanut Butter Pies, which is how she would meet her future husband Don Mulvihill.

Janet would let her spiritual side shine by doing Bible Study, teaching Sunday school and Bible School at the Bushnell Methodist Church where she has been a member for around 70 years. Her talents weren’t confined to just the church and various organizations, she loved doing all kinds of crafts, crocheting and ceramics which she loved to share with family and friends. Janet loved playing cribbage. She enjoyed teaching her grandchildren to play. She and Don played cribbage nearly every morning. She also spent hours and hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. She loved collecting – her collections included windmills, wolves, angels, Boston Terriers, chili peppers and others. Janet also got to do some traveling, and went to Israel, London, Egypt, Caribbean Cruise, Alaska and several other places. Janet will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her sons Kent (Shelly) Wasielewski of Bushnell, NE., and Keith (Brandie) Wasielewski of Bushnell, NE; daughter DeVota (Randy) Burry of Pine Bluffs, WY; grandchildren Brandi (Troy) Carruthers, Ashley (John) Newbanks, Rick (Dani) Wasielewski, Cassidy (Ruger) Eastman, Monica (Trevor Jensen) Wasielewski and Lane Wasielewski; great grandchildren Riley, LiLee, Bodee, Hadley, Avery, Aleeah, John, Jaxon, Maverick, Corbin, Ryker and Ameelia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, brother Larry Modlin, sister Delma (Sam) Powell and daughter-in-law Lynda Wasielewski.

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