Janet Schrubba

Janet Coralie Schrubba

Saturday, December 21st, 1935 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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Janet was the mother of six children and a bunch of grandchildren. A St. Joseph native, she was preceded in death by her husband Gus Schrubba, parents Fred and Louise Harrsen, and brother Tom Harrsen. As she passed peacefully at home with her family she was comforted by her loved ones and favorite music.

Janet is survived by her children Jeffeory Schrubba, Jill Bond, Rusty Schrubba (Jacque), Randy Schrubba (Jenn), Andrew Schrubba (Jackie), and Greg Schrubba. As well as her grandchildren Brandon Bond (Jody), Brooke Hicks (Steven), Allison Carter (Chris), Lanie Schrubba, Whitney Holthaus (Brandon), Erin Schramm (Adam), Ali Schrubba, Greg Schrubba Jr. (Elizabeth), Kali Prillwitz, and Hayden Prillwitz. The QVC shopper of the family also enjoyed buying gifts for her six great-grandchildren and four grand-dogs.
A huge University of Michigan fan, Janet loved to watch college football and basketball. She also rooted hard for the Cubs and was known to scream at her TV.

The master of coconut cream pie enjoyed her girl time with the “Tuesday Breakfast Club” Sorority Beta Sigma Phi and the “Girls of ‘54” for their yearly traditions that included chatting about their years together from kindergarten through high school senior year. Janet and her sorority sisters met each week for breakfast and to talk about married life with children and reminisce together. When she wasn’t busy baking her famous pies she was sewing her children’s clothes and became the family’s go-to seamstress. In recent times she began designing and creating her own masks.

She loved her travels with the kids as a long-time bus driver for St. Joseph Public Schools. Waiting for the kids to load on the bus she enjoyed her crossword puzzles, James Patterson novels and played music for her passengers.

When she went on her trips to NYC she watched musicals and imagined her crush Hugh Jackman swooping in and to take her out for a steak dinner.
With her bird watching, love for flowers and music she gave her family a wonderful life lesson to enjoy the simple things.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 4PM until 6PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be St. Joseph Public Schools in c/o the Orchestra or Vocal department, 2521 Stadium Dr., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

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    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Pat Empson

Posted at 09:42am
The presentation of Janet's life was as beautiful as she was. I'll miss her so much. Deepest condolences to her entire family who loved her.

Dieter Milbrandt

Posted at 01:43pm
So sad to hear of Ma Schrubba's passing. She treated all of us as her own children. It always brought a smile to my face. When boarding the bus for an away game in high school seeing that she was our driver. We knew we were in good hands. And she was a real fan as well. My condolences to the entire family. She will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.


Randall Clark

Posted at 11:49am
On behalf of Donna Clark and the rest of our family we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family. My mother Donna worked with Janet driving bus for many years and having been a passenger on her route myself remember her kind soul. Peace be with you all.

Rosalie Jordan

Posted at 03:18pm
To the family members,

My sincere condolences to all. May her memory be blessed.

Stephen Page

Posted at 01:49pm
Jeff, Jill, Rusty, Randy, Andy and Greg,
I can still see your mom’s radiant smile and hear her soft voice the last time I seen her and Jeff. What a joy it was to spend time with her and catch up on the many memories we had growing up as kids and our visits on the farm. . My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you all during this time. Sending love, prayers and positive energy your way in the “Celebration of Life” for your mom. What an ABSOLUTE angel she was! Hugs to you all

Steph Page

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