Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ethel May Jansen

Mrs. Ethel M. Jansen, 64, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Ruth Hospice in West Allis.

Ethel M. (nee: Masterson) Jansen was born in Casper, Wyoming, to the late Thomas and Juanita (nee: Davis) Masterson on October 1, 1944. She spent part of her life living in Seattle, Washington, and the past 44 years in Racine. In Milwaukee, she was united in marriage to Harold L. Jansen at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1966.

Mrs. Jansen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was also a member of the Classic Cruiser's Car Club and two bowling leagues – the Monday Night Woman's League and the Friday AM Senior's League. She was employed at Walgreen's for 13 years. She was an avid Trekkie and reader. She enjoyed lighthouses and knitting. She was a lover of life and animals and always had a hat for all special occasions. Most importantly, she loved being with her family.

Ethel is survived by her husband of 44 years, Harold; four children, Leonard (Lori) Orth, Karen (John) Roberts, Edward Orth and Debbie (Mark) Backhaus; twelve grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, Michael, Linda, Christopher, Taryn, James, Aaron, Hannah, Stephanie, Melissa and Noah; two great-grandchildren; four sisters and one brother, Juanita Krier, Thomas (Roberta) Masterson, Linda (Dale) Moyer, Betty Masterson and Shirley (Mark) Robertson; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harry and Fern Jansen; one grandson, Harrison; and one brother-in-law, Ronald Krier.

Services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at noon with Bishop Mitch Blake officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be directed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer.

A special thank you to the staff at Ruth Hospice and Bishop Mitch Blake for their kind and compassionate care of Ethel.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine 262-634-3361

1 comment:

Todays Tom Sawyer said...

From the countless stars we descended.

And to their brilliance we'll return.

Our personal star has ever been Mom.

Our time with her a blessing.

She held us in loving arms, tended our skinned knees and sent us back out to experience life.

Like the lighthouses she loved, her humor, empathy, strength, and passion for life prove precious gifts to help guide and navigate our lives by.

Whether raging beast or the more prickly of life's thorns, she protected us with a mother's fierce love and devotion as best she could.

Even when the pain crippled and the cancer weakened, she found the strength to let us know she would love us evermore.

Ever smiling, always sustaining, eternally shining, our star, our Mom…

Leonard & Lori Orth