Janet Faye (Michalenko) Duke

July 8, 1938-Jan. 18, 2017

A Daughter, Wife,

Mother, Grandmother,

Great Grandmother and

former Marine, Janet Faye

Duke, 78, Minot, arrived

in heaven on January 18,

2017. She was at home

surrounded by her loving

family and hospice.

Janet was born on July

8, 1938 in Harvey, North

Dakota, the first child of

John and Freda (Hahn)

Michalenko. She grew up

on the family farm outside

of Butte, ND and graduat-

ed from Butte High

School in 1955. She con-

tinued her education at

Minot Business College,

where she received spe-

cialized secretarial train-

ing, prior to enlisting with

the U.S. Marine Corps in

1957. She received an

honorable discharge in


While in the service,

Janet met the love of her

life, Charles “Chuck”

Duke, and they were mar-

ried on February 14, 1959

in Bethesda, MD. During

the next 17 years, five

children blessed their un-

ion as they made their

home at various naval

bases during Chuck’s ser-

vice in the U.S. Navy.

The family moved to

Minot in 1976, where

Janet was employed as a

secretary at Schoenwald

Realty, the Ward County

Highway Department,

Porter Brothers and Civil

Service with Rivet Mile.

In 1993, she became

self-employed as a day

care provider in her

home. Janet was always

supportive of her

husband’s involvement as

executive director of Com-

munity Action and as a

member of the Minot City

Council. Janet retired in


Janet was a member of

the Southside Church of

the Nazarene, Minot. She

especially enjoyed cook-

ing, sewing, reading, play-

ing piano along with

spending time with her


Family: Janet’s loving

family includes: her hus-

band of nearly 58 years,

Charles “Chuck” Duke;

children:  Steven Duke of

Minot, Scott (Darcy) Duke

of Sioux Falls, SD, LaDon-

na (Blaine) Mosser of Ti-

gard, OR, Stuart (Trish)

Duke of Spring, TX and

LeAnna (Craig) Heupel of

Minot; eleven grandchil-

dren; ten


brother: Darrell (Arlene)

Michalenko of Minot; a

number of nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Janet was preceded in

death by her parents and

one great-granddaughter.

Celebration of life ser-

vice: Friday, January 27,

2017 at 11:00 a.m. in First

Church of the Nazarene,


Interment: Veterans

Section of Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Thursday,

January 26th from

3:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


Memorials are preferred

to Southside Church of

the Nazarene or Trinity


Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamily