WAUNAKEE - On September 29, 2021, Donald George Janquart’s kind heart wore out. He went peacefully and was surrounded by his adoring family at the time of his passing. Don recently resided at Home Again Assisted Living in Waunakee after living at Westshire Village in the town of Westport for the past 20 years. He was born on July 24, 1928 to Irvie and Ruby Janquart in Menominee, Michigan. Don loved to recount stories of his idyllic childhood fishing along the Menominee River and playing with his cousins while his father operated the gas station in town. He graduated from Menominee High School and in 1950 he married his sweetheart, Mary Jeanne (Menigoz). Don and Mary celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this year. Mary was a devoted partner who selflessly cared for Don for the past two years. Shortly after their wedding, Don entered the Army where he served in the Korean conflict. Sergeant Janquart was awarded the Meritorious Bronze Star Medal for his service as Tank Commander in the 3rd Infantry Division, citing his leadership skills, resourcefulness and calmness under “extreme conditions”— all traits he carried throughout his lifetime. He had a quick wit and his good natured jokes made everyone feel comfortable. Don enjoyed music and sang in the choir of St. Peter Catholic Church for many years. He could fix anything and everything and never turned down a request from anyone who needed his help. He modeled a strong work ethic and rarely missed a day of work during his employment with Madison Gas and Electric Company and the Graber Company. Don had a zest for life and especially enjoyed anything outdoors. His family will cherish memories of family pontoon rides and gatherings at the cottage he and Mary owned for 40 years on Lake Wisconsin. He loved a challenging game of euchre with family and friends and treasured the time he spent fishing and hunting with his son and grandsons.
Don dearly loved his grandchildren, Eric Janquart, Andy Janquart, Nick (Hayley) Corson-Dosch and Natalie Dosch (Alex Crain). In addition to his grandchildren, he is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Tom (Cathy) Janquart, daughter Sharon (Tom) Dosch, sister Marylynn (Greg) Meyer, sister-in-law Loyce Janquart and many other relatives, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dick and Eugene and sister Lois. Dear Dad, we hope you have made it to the happy hunting grounds in the heavens. Our family wishes to thank our father’s exceptional physician, Dr. Eve Paretsky, the incredibly caring staff at Home Again Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice who provided compassionate assistance.
A private memorial service will be held in Don’s honor. To view the live-stream please, click the link: https://www.facebook.com/StPeterMadison/ on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11AM.
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