Janet Lou Stanek

July 25, 1935 - March 11, 2023


Obituary For Janet Lou Stanek

DEFOREST/EAGLE RIVER – Janet Lou Stanek, age 87, passed away surrounded by her children on Saturday, March 11, 2023 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Jan was born on the family farm in Plum Valley, WI on July 25, 1935 to Elmer "Dewey" and Hazel (Good) Peterson. Some of her most cherished memories are from growing up on the farm. She married the love of her life, Roland “Jeep” Stanek on September 19, 1953 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Wonewoc, WI. They moved to Panama City, FL where Jeep was stationed in the Air Force. When they moved back home to Wisconsin, they lived in Madison for several years. In 1974, Jeep and Jan moved to DeForest, where they raised their three children. In her early years, Jan worked for American Family Insurance. She later went to work for Bollig Lathing Company and then worked at the Village of DeForest until her retirement. After her retirement, they moved to Eagle River, WI where they spent 25 years. She recently moved back to the DeForest area to be near her family. Jan enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing cards, knitting, and going to the casino, and above all, spending time with her family. She was an amazing cook, and loved to bake. She made the best sugar cookies in the world!

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Todd (Lezlie), Tari (Mike) Ringelstetter, and Traci (Bill Bull). She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Kylie, and Alyson; step-grandchildren, Billy and Kaycee; four great grandchildren; and a brother, Ray Peterson. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Jan is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jeep; her two sisters, Shirley Bollig and Cleo Spring, brother Jay Peterson, brothers-in-law Linus Bollig and Bob Spring, sister-in-law Rita Peterson, and nephew Doug Bollig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, March 20, 2023 at ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, 623 Jefferson Street, DeForest. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until time of service on Monday at the church. A celebration of life will also be held in Eagle River in the summer.

A special thanks to Agrace Hospice and Linda Bollig for their compassionate care of our mother. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road



20 Mar


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Olaf Catholic Church 623 Jefferson Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
20 Mar

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Olaf Catholic Church 623 Jefferson Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • 03/20/2023

    I am so sorry to Hear of your loss of Janet. She was such a wonderful neighbor and friend. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all this past weekend. She is with the Lord and will be with you in spirit until we are are United in God's kingdom. Fr Kevin spiess

  • 03/14/2023

    Great Aunt Janet was a beautiful and sweet lady. I have very fond memories of visiting with her growing up and recently when we've been in Eagle River. She will be greatly missed.

  • 03/14/2023

    Sorry for your loss may you find some comfort knowing friends care

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  • 03/13/2023

    Dear Todd, Teri, and Traci and families, My sincere sympathy to all. May you find peace in the days to come and in the loving thoughts that are with you now. Your Mom was a Forever Friend.


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