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Janet Dopkins 04/13/2023

Janet V. Dopkins, age 91, died on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at her home. She was born the daughter of Lloyd and MayBel Tyler on February 17, 1932 in Eau Claire, WI. Janet grew up in Eau Claire, attending Eau Claire High School. She married Byron E. Dopkins in Eau Claire on April 14, 1951. Janet raised six children until they were all in school and then she started working in the food service industry at the River Falls High School, Village Inn (Westwind), Country Kitchen (Kinni Café), and UWRF where she retired in 1996. In 1997, Byron and Janet moved to Amery, WI, living there for twenty years. She loved ceramics, cooking, sewing, fishing, and reading. Janet loved eating snacks, especially doughnut holes, which she thought was the sixth food group. She adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Byron and Janet were quite involved with the First Covenant Church, Lake Beauty Bible Camp, the VFW, and the Amery Senior Center. Janet was spunky and full of energy.
She is preceded in death by her husband; Byron E.; parents, Lloyd and Maybel Tyler; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Theis; great-grandson, Edison Luciano; siblings, Elaine (Ken) Fox, Juanita (Paul) Belland, Fred (Marge) Tyler, Charles (Jean) Tyler, Harvey Tyler, Sonja Krueger, and Richard Tyler; brothers-in-law, Bill Kent and Bill Hatfield.
She is survived by her children, Nancy (Del) Anderson, Joni (David) Kolb, Byron (Vicki) Dopkins, Cindy (Dale) Tretsven, Pamela (Frank) Ekstrom, Lori (Dennys) Bisogno; grandchildren, Amy Theis, Troy Theis, Travis Theis, Andrew (Linda) Johnson, Heidi (George) Crozer, Elizabeth (David) Mathis, Gretchen (Mike) Bux, Kimberly (Edison) Luciano, Benjamin (Megan) Kolb, Sarah (Daren) Cotter, Benjamin Dopkins, Tyler (Melanie) Tretsven, Richard (Anna) Tretsven, Andrew Tretsven, Stephanie Sims, Jordan Sims, Jeffrey Sims, Sebastian Bisogno, Samantha (Tristan) Tausendschoen, Dominic Bisogno; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nina Kent and Joyce Hatfield; sister-in-law, Gloria Tyler; brother-in-law, DeWayne Krueger; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 2:00PM at First Covenant Church (1374 N Main St.) in River Falls with a visitation starting at 12 noon. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Janet’s service.


  • Jana Feyereisen Posted April 13, 2023 7:55 pm

    Thinking of you all! She was such a doll !! May she rest in peace

  • Jack and Vicky Oglesby Posted April 13, 2023 8:41 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • Anita Westerdahl Posted April 14, 2023 12:44 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Linda & Gene Schwenke Posted April 14, 2023 1:00 pm

    Our sympathies to all of you.

  • Sue Watters Posted April 15, 2023 2:17 pm

    Dear Dopkins Family, You all have our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and so much more. Janet always had a cheery smile and kind words to share any time we ran into her. She let the Light of Jesus Shine in and through her. She will be greatly missed. What a blessing it is to know she is now in the arms of our loving Father. Sincerely Sue and Steve Watters

  • Lori,Dean & Wyatt Opelt Posted April 15, 2023 3:55 pm

    Dear Dopkins Family, Our deepest sympathy . We just loved and adored your mother. We always would run into her in restaurants ( always the ones she use to work at) Our first meeting was Country Kitchen in Riverfalls. We had never seen her without that affectionate smile. She really was, the “salt of the earth” The Dopkin’s family was always so kind: Joni styled my hair, Nancy, Pam served us and Lori kept me in jewelry! And-with your precious mom making our meals. Thank you for sharing her. We will miss her, but will never be forgotten. Bless you all.

  • Swede and Kathy Svoboda Posted April 19, 2023 9:27 am

    Keeping all of Janet’s family in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a lovely lady. Always had a smile on her face. It was always so fun to converse with her. Now she is looking down on all of us and smiling.

  • Roger and Peggy Nelson Posted April 26, 2023 9:23 am

    Thoughts and prayers go out to family.

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