Jane R. Anich

May 3, 1928 - Nov. 24, 2005

Jane R. Anich (nee Spence) of Mukwonago died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at age 77. She was born May 3, 1928, in Milwaukee, the daughter of George and Marge (nee Schiebe) Spence.

She spent her childhood in Milwaukee and graduated from Riverside High School in 1946. As a senior, Jane worked as a telephone operator from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. five nights a week as part of her contribution to the World War II effort. She was united in marriage to Louis Anich Sr. at Gesu Catholic Church in Milwaukee on Oct. 26, 1951. Jane met the love of her life, Louis, through the mutual friendship of her sister, Peg (Spence) Stadtmueller, and Louis’ sister, Diane (Anich) Elwell.

Jane resided in Mukwonago for the remainder of her life. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and CFU John Movrich Lodge #933.

Jane devoted the last 20 years of her life to family, especially helping to raise five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was an avid reader of books and periodicals.

Jane was a delight to be with. She had a wry sense of humor and high intelligence that made for interesting conversations. Jane’s spirit in facing her final illness and death was remarkable. She was caring of the needs of others, smiled often, shared her humor and rarely complained. She accepted each medical decision with courage and grace. Those who loved her have learned how to face illness and death. She was sustained by great faith and love.

Jane is preceded in death by her husband, Louis. Survivors include her children, Margaret Anich, Deborah (Kevin) Anich Wustmann and Louis Jr. (Karla Rear) Anich; grandchildren, Kathryn (Dave) Schmidt, Louis III and Joseph Anich and Jennifer and Brian Wustmann; great-grandchild, Julia Schmidt; sister, Peg (the late John) Stadtmueller of Madison; three sisters-in-law, Diane (Joe) Elwell of Chicago, Mary (Charlie) Weinkauf of Mukwonago and Julia Noble (the late Jack) of Greenfield; two brothers-in-law, Mike (the late Dorothy) of East Troy and John Sr. (the late Caroline) of Mukwonago; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 29, all at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, with the Rev. Kenneth Anich and the Rev. Robert Drutowski officiating. Burial will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in East Troy. Please meet at the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. for procession to the cemetery.

At Jane’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Catholic School or Parish, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America or the Zilber Family Hospice.

A special thank you to Dr. Martin Kern in appreciation for his devoted professional and personal care. She also was blessed by the caregivers at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Zilber Family Hospice for which our family will be forever grateful.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services of Mukwonago, 363-7126, is serving the Anich family.