Janice Cecelia (Furman) KunzOctober 15, 1923 ~ September 8, 2017 (age 93)
Janice Furman Kunz, Kaukauna, age 93 died on September 8, 2017 at St Paul Elder Services with her family at her side.
Janice (Jan) was born on October 15, 1923 on the family farm in Larsen, WI to William P and Ethel (McDermott) Furman. After graduating from Oshkosh High School, Jan attended and graduated from Oshkosh State Teacher’s College (now the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) in 1945.
She taught high school in Antigo, WI from 1945 to 1949. Jan married Oscar E Kunz on December 27, 1947 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Winneconne, WI.
In 1955 Oscar and Jan moved to Kaukauna to work and raise their family. Jan worked in the Kaukauna Area School District from 1961-1986; teaching at both the High School & Electa Quinney Junior High. She spent several years substitute teaching after her retirement.
Jan was an active member in the community, serving the community in countless ways. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and served on the church’s Altar Society. Jan has been an active member of Kaukauna Community Health Associates (KCHA) for over 40 years, when the Kaukauna Community Hospital closed in 1966 she was actively involved in restructuring the hospital volunteer organization into the present KCHA with a focus on health. Jan started the 5th grade babysitting clinic, she chaired the Love Light Project for more than 15 years, she chaired the KCHA’s involvement in the Younkers Community Service Days, bringing in approximately $1000.00 each year. Jan served as Vice President, President and Health Education Chair for KCHA and served for four years as the Chair for the Lake Winnebago District.
In the early 1960’s she and her late husband Oscar introduced the U.S. Constitution Contest to the Kaukauna Elks Lodge. Jan volunteered to get the contest organized and going, for many years Jan would drive the local winner to the exam site for the state contest.
Jan was involved with the Lady’s Elks and was a Brownie/Girl Scout Leader for 7 years
During her years of teaching with the Kaukauna School System she often volunteered to assist at school events. She spearheaded the Post Prom Party that was held at the Kaukauna Elks Club, the Junior High Dances at Quinney School, served as a volunteer for the 6th grade science fairs. She also assisted in the development of STEP (Senior Tax Exchange Program). Jan even opened her doors at home, tutoring many Hmong students, helping them to understand the English language.
After retirement, Jan took her community service to another level; she sang with the St Mary’s (St Katherine Drexel) Funeral Choir, visited the elderly and served as a song leader at the St Paul Home. She was an active participant in the Meals on Wheels program from 1986-2009. She was a Charter Member of the 1000 Island Environmental Center and upon her retirement donated all of her science materials to the center.
In 2010 Jan was recognized by the Kaukauna Service Organization for her many years of volunteerism and was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was humbled and honored
Jan loved life, and lived it to it’s fullest, she enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, boating, fishing and spending time at the “Northwoods” cabin with family and friends…the more the merrier.
Jan is survived by her six children, Mary Mathis; Jean (Ron) Brinkman; Jane (Mark) Kavanaugh; Sue Kunz; Patricia (David) Beyer; and John (Angela) Kunz; thirteen grandchildren,
Heather, Jacqueline & Jed Mathis; Dean (Heather) Brinkman, Shannon Brinkman Peter & Tanya (Jason) Walter; Katie (Cam) Coffey & Tracy Kavanaugh-Moes; Desiree and Logan Beyer; Dillon (Jessica) Kunz, Aurora and Greyson Murphy. Nineteen great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Oscar; three siblings Phyllis (Furman) Brown, Lyle Furman and Ethelyn (Furman) Theisen; three son-in-laws Bill Mathis, Daniel Johns and Jim Wieczorek.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established in her name for health, education and environment, areas which she was passionate about. Kaukauna Community Health Associates (KCHA); Kaukauna Area School District; Kaukauna Elks Lodge 962; 1000 Island Environmental Center; St Paul Elder Services
To honor mom’s love for life and color we ask that when you join us at her memorial to dress with COLOR!
The family would like to thank all that touched her life, especially the staff at St. Paul Elder Services: Club Gabrielle, Poppy Path, and the Hospice Team for the care and compassion they gave Jan during her time of need.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday September 30, 2017 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish @ St. Mary Church, 119 W. Seventh Street, with Fr. Willard Van De Loo officiating and Deacon Steve Van De Hey assisting. Friends may call directly at the church from 9:00 am until the time of services. Boettcher Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna, is assisting the family. (920)766-099. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com