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Janet M. Woodard

September 2, 1942—February 15, 2018

CROSSVILLE, TN—Dr. Janet (Jan) M. Woodard (nee Wiechert) died peacefully at Cumberland House on February 15, 2018 in Crossville, Tennessee at the age of 75.

Janet is survived by her husband, Robert R. Woodard; sons, James A. Collins of Denver Colorado and Jeffery T. Collins of Fayetteville Arkansas; by her granddaughters, Erin E. Farmer and Zoe A. Farmer, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas; her brother, John C. Wiechert Jr. of Letts, Iowa, and by her sisters; Judy A. Lauritsen of Shreveport, Louisiana, Joanne M. Kohl of Monroe, Wisconsin, and Jean A. Wiechert of Madison, Wisconsin.

Janet was born on September 2, 1942 in Burlington, Wisconsin to John C. and Margaret M. Wiechert. She graduated from East Troy High School in 1960. After graduation she entered the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1968. While at the University of Wisconsin she met and married Allan Collins in 1962. After graduating from college, Janet, her husband, and her sons moved to Denver, Colorado where she began working for the University of Colorado Medical Center as a laboratory technician. Divorcing in 1979, Janet left the Medical Center and entered graduate school at the University of Colorado, studying Bio-physics and Genetics. After earning her doctorate, she obtained a faculty position at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She taught at the university until her retirement in 2006. She was passionate about her students and her ability to provide them opportunities to pursue their dreams. In addition to teaching and research, she acted as a judge for the state science fair.

Janet met Robert (Bob) Woodard while competing in a bowling league in Denver. They married on May 9, 1987 at Chapel on the Rock in Allenspark, Colorado. They spent the next 30 years together enjoying their mutual interests, golf and travel. Their trips included sight-seeing journeys through Europe, fly-in fishing for walleye in Canada, and deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida. No sooner had one adventure ended than planning for the next would begin.

Working at St. Cloud State University allowed Janet to pursue her twin passions, education and college hockey. A regular at University of Wisconsin hockey games as a student she quickly became a fan of the St. Cloud State University Huskies (although not when they played the Wisconsin Badgers). Anyone who knew Janet knew she was a highly competitive person. Whether playing ping pong, bowling, cards, or a round of golf Janet played to win. Her competitiveness led her to regularly playing in the Minnesota State Golf Tournament. During four decades of golfing she had two holes in one, an accomplishment that gave her great satisfaction.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, August 5, in East Troy, Wisconsin. Per her wishes, Janet was cremated and her ashes will be interned near her parents at the Saint Peter Catholic Cemetery in East Troy.

All who knew her are welcome to attend and join in the remembrance of Janet. For details please email In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Heart Association ( in Janet Woodard’s name. Finally, the family wishes to thank the caregivers at Cumberland House hospice for the compassion they showed Janet during her final days.

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