Obituary: Janet Hilberg, 76, Scottville. 

June 28, 2018

Janet Hilberg

Obituary: Janet Hilberg, 76, Scottville. 

Janet L. Hilberg, 76, of Scottville, formerly a longtime resident of Michigan City, Ind., passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at her home.  Janet was born on April 9, 1942 in Michigan City, the daughter of Karl and Evelyn (Gropp) Hilberg and twin sister of Marjorie, and graduated from Elston High School with the class of 1960.  Janet furthered her education at the Chicago Art Institute and Ray Vogue School of Design.  She worked 22 years as an architect assistant for Boyd Phelps and also served on the Michigan City Police Department.  Janet also served as the director of the Michigan City Senior Center where she helped design and open their current facility on the Lake Michigan shoreline.  In 2001, Janet moved to Scottville to live with her twin sister Marjorie Kolb and opened “Jan’s Nook of the North” in 2003, a gift shop in Ludington.

Janet was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Dunes Art Foundation, and was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Michigan City.  She was an accomplished bassoonist and loved traveling all over the United States and Caribbean with her twin.  Her cheerful disposition and zest for life will be truly missed.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Evelyn.  She will be greatly missed by her twin sister Marjorie Kolb of Scottville; her brothers Dr. Lance (Norma) Hilberg of Michigan City, and Jon Karl (JoEllyn) Hilberg of Elkhart, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews, and great friends both in Michigan and Indiana.

A Celebration of Janet’s Life will take place in September in Michigan City with day and time to be announced later.  Janet will be laid to rest at the Eden Lakeside Cemetery in Scottville.  Those who wish to remember Janet with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Michigan City Zoo, or St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Please visit Janet’s memory page at to leave a tribute of Janet for her family, or to light a candle in her memory.

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