May 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Janet Mary Koehn (nee Kenny) age 82, passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 14, 2018. She was born May 1, 1936 to Delbert James (DJ) and Olive (nee Kauffung) Kenny in West Bend, WI where she was raised and proudly lived her entire life.
Janet’s roots run deep in West Bend, and she was extremely proud to be part of the Olive and DJ Kenny family. She would often talk about her memories of her father’s travels when he was president of the BC Ziegler Company, and how amazing it was that he was the principal of West Bend High School when he was just 19 years old.
Janet met her husband, Jack, while she was attending Mount Mary College, and he was home on leave from serving in the Air Force. They were later married on September 8, 1956 at Holy Angels Church in West Bend. They remained in West Bend where Jack owned Koehn & Koehn Jewelers and they raised their six children.
Janet was an accomplished seamstress whose work can be found in countless homes and wedding pictures. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of cooking for friends and family, playing tennis, walks on her beloved Kenny Drive, and times on Big Cedar Lake.
Most of all Janet loved her family – The joy of her life was raising her six children and watching them grow and raise families of their own. She loved nothing more than having the whole family together where she could find a quiet corner to observe and enjoy the close knit family that she had created.
Janet is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jack; six children, Candy (Craig) Devenport, Heidi (Michael) Wisnefske, Susan (Thomas) Lathers, Peter (Catherine) Koehn, Andrew (Jenn) Koehn, and Kevin (Susan) Koehn; her 19 grandchildren: Kristin (Torey), Brian (Kaila), Robert (Erin), Matthew (Stacey), Alex, Peter, Jake (Anna), Lauren, Sam, Kelly (Justin), Michael, Olivia, Margret Mary, Anna, DJ, Teagan, Caroline, Andrew, and Lucy; and 8 great grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother Pat (Alice) Kenny, brothers-in-law Randy McNally, Ron (Kim), John (Ruth), and Gary (Kathy), as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Olive and DJ Kenny; Siblings, Thomas (Roberta) Kenny, Marybelle (Ray) Cromer, Dolly (Chuck) Gebhardt, Margaret McNally; daughter-in-law Laura Wolf-Koehn, and other friends and relatives.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday May 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Holy Angels Church 138 N. 8th Ave West Bend, WI 53095) with Fr. Patrick Heppe presiding.. Visitation will be at the Church, on Friday May 18th from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the West Bend Park and Recreation Department in Janet’s name to be used for upkeep of Kenny Park.