Janette “Ginger” Edwards


Janette “Ginger” Signi Edwards, 72, of Bemidji, MN died Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, January 8, 2021 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Benjamin Zamzow officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm Friday and one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Interment will be at the St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Ginger was born September 8, 1949 in Bemidji, MN, the daughter of Harry and Viviann (Brew) Carlson. She graduated from Cass Lake High School in 1967. She also went on to Northwest Technical school, studying accounting from 1967-1968 and also in 1984-1986. She also attended BSU from 1987-1993. She married George F. Edwards January 25, 1974 in Cass Lake. She co-owned and operated with George—Edward’s Bakery, Sweet Shop, and Two Trader’s Gifts in Cass Lake from 1974-1986. She worked at J.C. Penney from 1986-1989. She started working for Beltrami County as an Eligibility Specialist in 1989 and worked there until her retirement. She was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bemidji and was a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Auxiliary. She was also very active at the Senior Center and was an Eagles auxiliary member. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crossword puzzles, music, singing, and watching games, especially the Vikings and Twins. She was an animal lover, especially her birds and squirrels at her house and her grand goats.

She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth (Matt) Kahlstorf of Lake George, sisters Harriet (Lee) Gehrke of Cass Lake and Diane (Otis) Marsh of Petersberg, AK, step grandchildren Autumn and Caleb Kahlstorf, brother-in-laws Jerry (Ellen) Edwards, Robert (Lynnee) Edwards, sister-in-law Carole Edwards, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George in 2014, brother, Dennis Johnson, nephew, Randy Gehrke, great niece, Jessica Christopherson, parents-in-law, Dorothy and George Edwards Sr. and her grandparents.  Condolences may be left at