Janet KellerNovember 12, 1933 ~ May 24, 2017 (age 83)
Janet (Voissem) Keller
Janet joined her beloved husband William (Doc) F. Keller in heaven where she once again revels in his singing and his calm spirit. She died peacefully on May 24, 2017 in the memory care unit at St. Paul’s Elder Services in Kaukauna.
A devoted wife, mother and daughter, she was one of the most selfless people on the planet. And she was the sweetest friend to all who knew her. After years of caring for her five children and husband, she cared for her parents and mother-in-law in their final years. And if you wanted a bargain, she’d be the one to call.
She was born November 12, 1933 in Menasha to Carl and Vienette (LaValle) Voissem who predecease her. She graduated from Prospect Hall Secretary School in Milwaukee and attended Marquette University before leaving to help her father run his company, Badger Plug. Shortly thereafter, her brother-in-law, Jim Ferron, introduced her to Bill Keller. It was love at first sight and she prided herself on never wearing the same outfit twice as they dated. They married June 25, 1955. She raised their five children with care and creativity, sewing tiny Barbie doll clothes, mother-daughter matching Easter outfits and quilts.
After raising her children, Jan ran Bill’s optometric practice in Kaukauna where she loved to gab with all the patients and help them choose eye glass frames. At retirement, their son Jim invited them to live on his property near Oshkosh. Her Catholic faith was central to her life.
Janet is survived by children: Stephen Keller, Lora Keller, Marie (Duane) Filtz, Mike Keller and Jim (Mary) Keller. Grandchildren: Stephannie Keller, Ben (Serena) Keller, Will Keller DeWan, Evan (Samantha) Filtz, Emma Filtz, Grace Keller, Andy Keller and Brittany (Ryan) Stoeger. Great grandchild: Karma Schulte. She also is survived by her dear friends Carmen and Bud Greenwood who visited her religiously and loved her so much. Siblings: Ellen (Geoff) Kingston. In-laws: Sr. Mary Stephen Keller, Dorothy Bills, Kathy (John) Gullickson, Jim Ferron. She also is survived by many wonderful friends and relatives.
Predeceased are her husband; her parents; her parents-in-law, William G. Keller and Helen (Blick) Keller; her brother Marvin and his wife Jayne; her sister Carol (Voissem) Ferron; her brother-in-law Tom Keller and his wife, Gail.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Elder Care Services in their chapel at 316 E. Fourteenth Street, Kaukauna, WI 54130 with Deacon Rick Simon officiating. Visitation will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s. Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna is assisting the family. (920) 766-2099 www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
A special thank you to all of her caregivers at St. Paul’s Elder Care who she loved and who loved her with profoundly tender words and actions every day. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to St. Paul’s Elder Care or to the Mac Dowell Men’s Chorus.