Hacker, Janet L.
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Janet L. Hacker, 78, of Tavares, Fla., formerly of Wisconsin, journeyed into the arms of the Lord on Monday, July 8, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 4, 1935, in Scandinavia, Wis., to the late Richard and Emma (Swenson) Kitzman and graduated from Marion High School in 1952. Janet was united in marriage to Robert L. Hacker on July 3rd 1954 and recently celebrated their 59th anniversary. Janet worked many jobs in the early years the most important being mother to her and Robert's six children. She retired as head teller of the former Valley Bank in Menasha, Wis. Janet and Robert's happiest years of retirement were spent in the Wisconsin North woods at Island Lake in Hurley, Wis. Eventually the long, snowy Wisconsin winters prompted them to move to Tavares, Fla., where Janet lived out the remainder of her years with Robert always at her side. They were both active in the faith community of Adventure Christian Church, Tavares, where Janet worked in the church's thrift store. In addition to Robert, Janet is survived by her loving children, Jeanne (Nathan) Beyer, Menasha, Wis.; Robert (Nancy) Hacker, Kaukauna, Wis.; Kathy (Bruce) Meyer, Manawa, Wis.; Laura (Chris) Smith, Little Chute, Wis.; and Lisa (Michael) DeMent, New London, Wis. She is further survived by a brother, John "Jack" (Norma) Kitzman, Sun City, Fla.; sister, JoAnn Zeorn of Weyauwega, Wis.; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her loving son, Donald (surviving wife, Katrina).
A memorial service will be held for Janet on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Marion, Wis., with Rev. Brian Crocker officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. An online guestbook can be foiund at www.eberhardtstevenson.com. A memorial service was held in Tavares, Fla., on July 10, 2013, at the Adventure Christian Church. The family would like to thank her Florida friends for all their love and support, especially in the recent months.
Janet's family would like to thank her Oncologist, Dr. Hussein, the ICU staff at Waterman Hospital, and the Hospice team at Cornerstone, Tavares, Fla., for the compassionate care delivered to Janet during her final days.
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory
1029 N Main St
Marion, WI 54950
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 11, 2013