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Janet Schnell Keller

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Janet Schnell Keller, 81, Forest Junction, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by loving family members at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Sheboygan Falls, daughter of the late Ora H. and Cora (Fruit) Breitrick. She graduated from Oshkosh State Teachers College and taught in rural schools in Outagamie and Calumet Counties. In 1951, Janet married Donald Schnell and they farmed in rural Brillion. He preceded her in death in 1979. In 1988, she married Lester Keller.

She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Forest Junction, and the United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday school and opened her home for Bible study for many years. She was a member of the Gideon's Auxiliary and also served as a 4-H leader for 25 years. Janet was given the Farmer of The Year award for Calumet County in 1985.

Janet loved gardening, sewing, cooking, traveling and spending time with family. She demonstrated Christ not only to her family, but to all with whom she came in contact.

Survivors include her husband, Lester; six children, Wendy (Kurt) McCulloch, West Bend; Connie (Stephen) Westlake, Georgia; Mark (Linda), Brillion; David (Sue), Brillion; Steve (Kay), Shawano; and Dan (Diane), Bonduel; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; six step-children, Dawn (Dave) Van Elzen, Menasha; Jill (Rick) Dowland, Forest Junction; Kandy Keller, Appleton; Lisa (Anthony) Mills, New York; Stacy (Mike) Powell, Kaukauna; Kyle Keller and special friend, Kim Greiling, Forest Junction; 22 step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois (Wallace) Drescher, Appleton; a brother, Larry (Sheren) Breitrick, Appleton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Harriet (Howard) Heimke, Marge Horn, Dorothy Bosserman, Florence Enneper, Walter (Lois) Keller, Earl (Jean) Keller; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Forest Junction. The Rev. Becky Kindschi will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and then at the church on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Janet's name.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2011
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