JANICE MAE KINAS

Janice Mae Kinas, 76, the world’s best Nana, went to heaven on May 13, 2015.

She was born in Denison, Iowa, August 14, 1938 a daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Mae (Jepsen) Hast, and grew-up as a “tough Iowa farm girl.” She and her husband, Don, moved to Plymouth, Wisconsin in 2005.

Survived by her husband of 52 years, Donald W Kinas, they were married August 18, 1962, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Other survivors include, her three children: Pam Holzhaeuser (Jim) Plymouth, WI; Patricia Kritz (Michael) Highlands Ranch, CO; Brian Kinas (Kathleen Socher) Bethel, CT.

She was Nana of seven grandchildren: Sam (fiance, Danielle Handrow) and Rachel Holzhaeuser; Sarah and Adam Kritz; Jack, Allie and Jessie Kinas.

Jan graduated from Deaconess Hospital Nursing School, Milwaukee, in 1961. She worked thirty-years as a Registered Nurse. “Once a nurse always a nurse”, her nursing years were spent caring for hemodialysis patients in the Milwaukee area and managing several hemodialysis units. Prior to graduating from Appleton High School, Jan volunteered as a candy-striper at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, WI. Volunteering at the hospital was the foundation of her heartfelt nursing career.

Jan was very active sharing God’s Truth and Love at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Plymouth. She treasured time and friendship with The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group. “If you ever needed to lift anyone in prayer, those ladies have the power of prayer.” A member of the Compassion Committee, Jan was instrumental in starting The Welcome Table, and Homework Club. She loved helping students with their homework. They too, held a special place in her heart.

The one thing that made her proudest was “her children, period.” She was the number one cheerleader at soccer games, track meets, musicals, solo ensemble, cross country meets, band concerts, symphony concerts, basketball games and was always a supportive presence in the lives of her grandchildren and children.

Jan enjoyed baking, knitting and was an avid reader. On Sunday afternoons, when not watching the Packers, much family time was spent playing Five-Handed Sheepshead, call an ace.

Preceding her in death are her mother and father, Edna Mae Hast (Jepsen) and Raymond Hast, and her sister, LaDonna Skarin. She is survived by her brother, Raymond Hast, sister Lorraine Sheehan and her niece, Sharon Malueg (Hast) and her husband, Wayne.

Other survivors are the Schwenke family: Kurt, Mary and Lukas; Karen, Richard and Alec Nelson and Tom Schwenke. Christmases were precious and a time she looked forward to most with the Schwenkes.

Memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Plymouth, WI. Pastor Chuck Brummond will be officiating. Visitation will take place at the church (May 21, 2015) from 3:00 PM until time of service. All are invited to a fellowship dinner following the service. There will be no shortage of desserts, as Jan always baked a delicious dessert for every occasion.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Jan’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth, WI is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

Her family sends a huge thank you to Dr. Kumar, Deb Gray and the entire team at The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. She truly loved all the nurses at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital. The family also appreciates the comforting, understanding care Jan received at the Sharon S Richardson Community Hospice during her last days. The many prayers and well wishes received, throughout Jan’s battle with cancer, were a pillar of strength for her and her family. Thank you.


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