Janet Marie Gohmann

June 1, 1948May 14, 2018

Janet Marie Gohmann, 69, died Monday, May 14, 2018 at her home in New Albany. Janet was a devoted mother, spouse, “biyah” to her granddaughters, friend, aunt, teacher and sister. She will be remembered for the boundless energy and enthusiasm that she brought to her endeavors. Her friends and family will miss Janet’s leadership, creativity, passion, wisdom, courage and consummate planning. She was an accomplished artist, art therapist, and special education teacher. She cared deeply about the world around her, performed volunteer work and advocated for many causes including gender equality. She loved reading, camping, hiking, the arts and home improvement. She created a home that was warm and inviting and loved hosting friends and family. She was an explorer and sought out new experiences by planning family trips from Chile to Costa Rica, to Japan and beyond. She loved spending time with her children at their homes in Asheville and Seattle. Over her life she called many places home including New Albany, Cincinnati, Chicago, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Sheboygan.

She is survived by her partner and husband of 46 years, Duane L.Bigelow; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Gohmann Bigelow and Christopher J. Woollcott; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Gohmann Bigelow and Lindsay P. Broughel; brothers, Charles L. Gohmann and his partner, Alejandro Martinez-Soto and John J. Gohmann and his wife, Cindy Derer; sister, Julie A. Gohmann and her husband, Stan Farrell; nieces, Emily and Elyse LaGarenne; two granddaughters whom Janet loved deeply and a third grandchild on the way whom she never met.

A Celebration of Janet’s Life will be held from 1:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm Saturday May 19th at The Exchange Pub & Kitchen, 118 W. Main Street, New Albany, IN. The family is also planning a memorial for Janet in Chicago.

Online condolences may be made to Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Janet's name to Gilda's Club Louisville (a cancer support non-profit) by mail or online at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 19, 2018

Janet Marie Gohmann

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Fern Pollack

July 2, 2018

Janet and I worked together at ETHS. We car pooled for some of that time. Janet was full of life and laughter and was so proud when she spoke about her family. I hope that all the memories you have will comfort you during this difficult time.

Tara Broughel

May 18, 2018

My memories of Janet are of laughter and joy. We are sending love and hugs to you all during this difficult time.

With love,
Tara and Margaret

Keith Bube

May 17, 2018

Julie and Family,
So sorry to hear about your sister. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Keith Bube

Tim Gohmann

May 17, 2018

When I was growing up, Janet was as close to a sister as there could be (see the picture below). Only a year behind me at Providence High School, she was the "artistic" Gohmann, always with a smile and a happy comment. She was loved by my parents as well, Uncle Charles and Aunt Loretta to Janet. My condolences go to her siblings, Charles, John and Julie and their partners. I'm sorry I can't be with you to celebrate a wonderful person and a life which brought the joys of art and selfrespect to so many.