The Hon. Janet A. Haynes (Soderberg)


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Hon. Janet A. Haynes (Soderberg), age 75, of Grand Rapids, MI, died on 12/16/20, after a purpose-filled life of adventure, accomplishments, boundless love, and service to family, friends, and the community.

Janet was deeply loved and is survived by her daughters, Erin M. Haynes Verigin (Brian) and Kelsey E. Haynes Bako (Dorian); her grandchildren Jordan Brooks (Courtney Stewart), Justin Verigin, Cameron Verigin, Ava Brooks, Aili Brooks; her brother, James Soderberg (Lynn); her sisters, Sonya Soderberg Wagstaff and Patricia Wustner (Dave) as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

Janet was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Edward and Winifred (Weiland) Soderberg.

Janet was born in Biloxi, MS, at Keesler AFB and raised in Marquette, MI. She graduated from Graveraet High School in 1963, Northern Michigan University, in 1968 (BA, Secondary Education) and 1972 (BS, Nursing), and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1981 (juris doctorate).

Janet was a pioneer, working as a teacher, nurse, lawyer, and judge. In 2006, Janet retired as Chief Judge from the Kent County Probate Court. Throughout her life, Janet was active in professional and community organizations, serving as President of the GR Bar Association and being recognized as a YWCA of West Central MI Tribute Honoree.

It was a rare day that Janet did not burst into song, whether a Broadway musical or Billboard top hit. She will be dearly missed by many. The family would like to thank the medical staff at Mercy Health and Spectrum Health along with the team at Story Point of Rockford for their abundant skill and compassionate care.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, no public services will be held at this time; however, Janet’s daughters welcome any fond, fun, and hilarious memories you wish to share with them. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to honor Janet’s memory consider donations to:

Grand Rapids Community Foundation donor advised fund in the name of Janet and Kelsey Haynes Bako: givegr.org/donate

Community Foundation of Marquette County donor advised fund in the name of Janet Haynes and Erin Haynes Verigin: http://cfofmc.org

Please visit https:// www.gerstfuneral homes.com/obituary/ for the full obituary.