• 65 years old
  • Born on June 28, 1950 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on March 17, 2016 in Montague, Michigan, United States.


Jan Haystead, 65, of Montague, MI passed away on March 17, 2016.  She was born in Paterson, NJ on June 28, 1950.  Proceeding her in death is her sister Karen Hollander of Sheboygan, WI, and parents John and Doris Walkotten of Wayne, NJ.  Survivors include her husband Steve Haystead, daughters Kim Keessen of Muskegon, Carolyn McLaughlin of Brighton, and sister Lynda Winnick of MA.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton on Tuesday, March 29th at 1pm.



Donations can be made in memory of Jan to the Renucci Hospitality House of Grand Rapids, MI, using the following link:


Renucci Hospitality House can be chosen from the designation dropdown menu. A letter can be sent on your behalf to:
Carolyn McLaughlin
858 Devonshire Blvd.
Brighton, MI 48116

Posted by Eileen Wilkinson on April 13, 2016
The sudden loss of Jan has been so difficult. Jan had been my boss for almost 4 years. Over that period of time, we became very close, sometimes speaking several times per day. We had very different personalities, but both recognized something special in the other and developed a deep bond. My memories of Jan will always be of her absolute strength in the face of difficulty. She kept our ship steady during some stormy moments. She was a great friend and mentor to me. I will always have tremendous respect for Jan and will miss her common sense advice and hearty laugh. My best regards to her family and Benny.
Posted by Gerri Windhorst on April 13, 2016
So very sorry to hear this sad news. I also went to school with Jan (and lived in Wayne, too) and remember her sense of humor. Deepest sympathies to all her family.
Posted by Gayle Ikemoto on March 29, 2016
Jan - You decided to leave us on your own terms and timeline which for us was way to early....just so you know. We had so much yet to do, share and accomplish and you were so looking to passing on the baton next year and starting the next phase of your life. You had endured so much over the last couple of years but managed to remain optimistic and driven to make it through the grueling treatment that every woman dreads, knowing that when you were done with that, there was one more hurdle to jump - which you managed to do with amazing grace, courage and apparent ease, astounding us all by bouncing back to work in unbelievably fast, full Jan style!
i will always think of you as someone with high expectations, exacting performance standards and the strength to do what was right despite what others may have thought or how adverse the situation may be. You never took the easy road and never expected anything from anyone that you didn't expect from yourself . You set the standard for others to follow. Since we met almost 20 years ago we developed a unique working relationship - it really didn't start out that well, we had our struggles but once I came to get a true sense of your talents and strengths and that those were all the things I lacked...we talked it out , we laughed and agreed we would work together playing to each of our strengths and it did work for a long, long time and we had many collective successes because of that partnership. I will forever be grateful for your support & friendship - I am a better person because of you, you are my hero, my teacher, mentor and my friend.

Rest in peace and rejoice that you have no more conference calls !
Jan you will forever be in my heart.

Posted by Erica Dayringer on March 28, 2016
My memories of Jan start way back when I was in 7th grade and became best friends with her daughter. Carolyn and I have remained close friends over the years, and I have had a first-hand view of what a wonderful and supportive mother Jan was, as well as a kind and generous person in general. Even though I hadn't seen Jan in person for many years, she still stayed in touch with me online, sending me messages to show she still cared about my well-being. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Jan immediately was in touch, letting me know she was available to talk and to lend her support to me. She was a comfort to me during a difficult time, and I'll be forever grateful.
Posted by Doris Rikkers on March 28, 2016
My deepest sympathy. Jan and I were friends way back in junior high and high school. We both lived in Wayne and had such wonderful times together. Lost touch over the years. My maiden name was Wynbeek. She was so fun. I remember laughing a lot with her.
Posted by Barbara Lakota on March 28, 2016
What a shock this news is! I was a classmate of Jan's in high school and distinctly remember her energy, her lively personality, and her musical talent. She accompanied the chorus on the piano and played the organ at chapel - she was a fantastic musician and always great fun to be around.  I also know that she was fond of animals, especially dogs, and loved dearly a dog she had adopted from a shelter. I am so very sad to learn of her loss. It's hard to believe that she is gone. My deepest and sincerest condolences to her family. With love, Barb Liebig (Lakota)

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