Jane Elizabeth Bennett

May 16, 1914January 8, 2012

Jane Elizabeth Bennett, 97 passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 of natural causes.

She was born May 16, 1914, in Superior, WI, to Harris and Julia(Bird)Ulsrud. Jane was the eldest of 9 children. She graduated from Superior East High School in 1931.

Jane married Robert F. Bennett in December, 1939.

After the death of her husband in 1955, Jane worked secretarial jobs for the Duluth School System, St Louis County Schools and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Jane was a church pianist and organist for over 40 years, first playing The piano for the Harvey Webb Methodist Church, and then the organ for the Riverview Methodist Church, as well as being Riverview’s church secretary. She was currently a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

Jane had a rich and fulfilling life, which she attributed to her strong faith in God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, sisters Ruth and Winnefred, and brother Charles.

Jane is survived by her children, Robert/Tom(Barbara)Bennett of Duluth, Carol(James)Cafmeyer of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Clark F.(Patricia)Bennett of Duluth; grandchildren, Colleen(Lou)Smet and Jay Cafmeyer, Brian(Lindsey) Bennett, John (fiance’e Megan)Bennett, Stephen (Laura) Bennett, and three great grandchildren Megan, Justin and Aaron Smet; her sisters Lorna Nelson of Proctor, Carol(Jack) Vaughen of Palo Verdes Estates, California, Virginia Talafous of Hastings, Minnesota, her brothers Harry Ulsrud of Rye, Texas and Glen Ulsrud of Longview, Texas

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Agnes Ulsrud of Duluth, and many nieces and nephews.

Jane’s family would like to thank the staff and management at Spirit Valley Assisted Living for the wonderful care given to Jane the past few years. They would also like to thank Essentia Hospice for the special care she received the last few months. Please leave a memory or words of support for the family at www.bellbrothers funeral

Memorials should be directed to Asbury United Methodist Church.

Visitation from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday at the Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N 56th Ave. W. and from 11:30 until the 12:30 funeral service Thursday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6822 Grand Ave. Burial will be at Oneota cemetery.


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January 14, 2012

To all of Jane's Family,
We are sorry for your loss. She was such a kind and loving person.
She had a presence about her that made those around her feel better about themselves. What a gift . God truly blessed those of us who knew her. You will all be in our prayers.
Dean & Jax Talafous

Rob Talafous

January 14, 2012

Tom, Sis, Clark and the rest of the Bennett/Ulsrud Family,

I am so very sorry for the passing of Jane, but I know she is now with her Savior and that gives me great joy and peace.

I am also sorry I couldn't be with you all to celebrate her life and give you all a hug. I am so thankful I got to see her this past spring and spend some time with her. She was an amazing, loving woman, who always made me laugh and treated me like I was one of her grandkids. That gave me joy and made me feel special.

I truly loved her and will miss her. I hope to see you all in July. Bonita and I are going to be there for sure!

With love,


January 11, 2012

To Jane's family I'm sure that your most wonderful memories of Jane will be a comfort for you all in the years to come. She was a kind, gracious lady.
Sincerely, Joan Nelson

January 11, 2012

Dear Bennett family:

Very sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful person. They don't make them like her anymore. I remember Jane well while growing up and attending church at Riverview, as well as the time she spent with my grandparents Reuben and Millie Gustafson. Her smile could light up a room. Thinking of your family in this diffcult time.

Todd Hinnenkamp - son of Jerry and Judy, grandson of Reuben and Millie.