Janet Scholz

February 23, 1934 ~ August 8, 2020 (age 86)


DEFOREST - On Saturday, August 8, 2020, Janet (Jan) Scholz, beloved matriarch, passed away at the age of 86.  Jan was born in Sheboygan, WI, on February 23, 1934, to parents Allan and Mildred (Zeinemann) DeWitt.  Jan was a wife, mother, grandma, and saint to all who met her.  On October 23, 1952, she married her soulmate William (Bill) Harvey Scholz in her parents’ home.  They raised five children: Diane Cline, Vicki (Lyle) Schultz, Steve (Linda) Scholz, Kathryn (Dan) Paulson, and Jean (Frank) Kolowrat.  

Jan’s great love was her family.  She enjoyed reading, swimming, and camping as favorite pastimes.  She was passionate about her church, Christ Lutheran Church in De Forest, WI.  She was a dedicated member of the congregation and served as president of the church council, chairperson of the alter guild, chairperson of the women’s board, and chairperson of the lutefisk committee for 40 years.  She was known affectionately as the Church Basement Lady.  Jan was famous for loving everyone, her witty sense of humor, her gracious and caring nature, and her enduring strength. 

Jan was preceded in death by her grandson Kevin Schultz, son-in-law Randy Cline, her parents, brother Peter DeWitt, brothers-in-law Bob Kather and Marlin Hudson.  Jan is survived by her husband Bill, her five children, her sisters Diane Hudson and Mary Ann (Jerry) Schlegel, her in-laws Carol Kather, Catherine DeWitt, and Arnold (Barbara) Scholz, her 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and 1 foreign exchange student Taka Kada.  

A private service will be held for family.  Memorials can be sent to Christ Lutheran Church or Agrace Hospice.  There will be a Church Basement Ladies luncheon at a future date to celebrate her life.

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