Janssen, Earl A.
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Earl A. Janssen, 84, Schofield, died Monday April 22, 2013 at the Hospice House, Wausau.
He was born August 25, 1928, in Milwaukee, son of the late William Sr. and Agnes (Goike) Janssen. On September 1, 1951, he married Nancy Schneider at St. Mary Catholic Church, Appleton. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2008.
A 1946 graduate of Pius High School in Milwaukee, Earl joined the US Army for two years as a member of the 54th Paratroopers, earning his Parachutist Badge, before his honorable discharge in 1948. In 1952, he graduated from the Mortuary Science program at the Milwaukee Technical College and worked with his brother in Milwaukee before moving to Schofield in 1953. He and his wife Nancy purchased the old Ross home on Grand Avenue and founded Janssen Funeral Home.
From the establishing of the funeral home until the time of his retirement, Earl provided the area with compassionate and dignified funeral services. Through the years, he was an active member of his community, serving in various capacities in the Lions Club, and the Knights of Columbus. Earl was an original charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4628 Schofield, WI, served as Grand Knight, and has been recognized for over 50 years of faithful service. Both he and Nancy were also extremely active with St. Therese Parish in Schofield.
In their spare time, Earl and Nancy travelled to Europe and South America. They also took numerous motorcycle rides and even rode cross country. Loud sheepshead games and numerous contributions to the casinos rounded out their leisure time.
Survivors include his six children and their families, Kurt (Laura) Janssen, Brookfield, and their daughter, Lindsay (Pete) Sagat, Waukesha; Bill (Deb) Janssen, Apple Valley, Minn., and their children, Kathryn (Joel) Cassady and their daughter, Hannah, Arvada, Colo., and Dan Janssen, Rapid City, So. Dakota; Ann Janssen, Portage; Lisa Janssen, Vallejo, Calif.; Jane (Marten) Weidgraaf, Lake in the Hills, Ill.; and Dave Janssen, Peplin.
Besides Nancy and his parents, Earl was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Janssen and one sister, Dolores Janssen.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff at the Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau. They would also like to extend deep gratitude to dear friends Don and Ann Trowbridge, Phyllis and Jim van Lieshout, and Rev. Allan Slowiak for their love and support.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday May 4, 2013, at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. The Very Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside. Burial will be a private family service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Apr. 28 to May 3, 2013