Surrounded by her loving family, Rosemary A. Jansen, age 80, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at her residence after a long courageous battle with a lung infection. Rosemary was born in Racine on October 9, 1933, daughter of the late Edward P. and Carolyn H. (Nee: Reichert) Haas.
On July 9, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Lawrence H. Jansen. She was a loving wife, housewife and mother whose children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were most important. She was a fifty-year active member of St. Lucy Parish, coordinator of the St. Lucy Eucharistic Adoration Program, member of St. Lucy morning rosary prayer group, past president of St. Lucy’s Home and School and St. Lucy Altar Society, and former Girl Scout Leader. She was also involved with several organizations, including: member of the Order of Secular Franciscans, long-time volunteer of Racine Marian Center Catholic Bookstore, Life-Chain co-coordinator, and associate member of the Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels.
She worked for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue during the tax season. In addition, she enjoyed traveling on several spiritual pilgrimages.
Survivors include her loving husband, Lawrence; seven children, Cheryl (Dennis) Quam of Grand Rapids, MI, Michele (Dr. Mark) Meier of Greenfield, WI, Hugh (Doreene) Jansen of Keller, TX, David (Stephanie) Jansen of Muskego, WI, Theodore (Jill) Jansen of Schoorl, Netherlands, Mary Rose (Michael) Morse of Clintonville, WI, Patrice (David) Letsch of Mt. Pleasant, WI; 28 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Christopher) Hayes, Audra (W. John) Welch, Ian, Olivia, Nathaniel and Michaela Quam, Marissa (Dr. Brant) McCartan, Paul (Sara) Meier, Evan, Nicholas and Trisha Meier, Zachary, Xavier and Noah Jansen, Lachlan Gehret, Luca Jansen, Aaron, Catherine, Matthew and Nathan Morse, Andrew, Maiah, John, Ethan, Luke, Annemarie, Charles and Grace Letsch; five great-grandchildren, Quinn and Dutch McCartan, Carter and Nolan Welch, Emma Jansen; sisters and brothers, Germaine Brigman, Diane (Joseph) Cook, Bernadette (Alvin) Morrow, Marjorie Malko, Norman (Ruth Ann) Haas, Daniel (Marlene) Haas, John (Laurine) Haas; stepbrother and sister, Raymond (Bonnie) Andres, Gary (Mary) Richtmyre; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elaine Haas, Yvonne Haas, Ralph (Virginia) Jansen, John (Karen) Jansen, Judith Jansen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elizabeth (Nee: Andres); her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hugo and Dorothy (Nee: Blanchard) Jansen; sister and brothers, Audrey, Gregory, and Gerard Haas; brothers-in-law, Richard Malko, Daniel Jansen; nephews, Stephen Haas, Brian Haas, and William Malko.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 6, 2013, at noon at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating; Rev. Stephen Hansen, homilist; music by Mark Forrest and Terry Seitz. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at noon. Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery, Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School, or to Mark Forrest’s Faith and Family Foundation have been suggested.
A heartfelt thank you to her Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints 5th Floor doctors, nurses, nurses aides and staff at the Cardiovascular Institute for their loving and compassionate care. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Paul Durbin, Dr. Marc Kennedy, Dr. Robert Gullberg and further to Dr. James Cook at Loyola University Medical Center, for their years of care and concern.
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