Janine Ann Kirner, RN, BSN

July 2, 1951 - Nov. 17, 2009

Janine Ann Kirner (nee Matar) was born July 2, 1951, in Milwaukee. She was born into eternal life on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of David Kirner; loving mother of Heather Kirner, Lisa (Louis) Fugaro and her cat, "Sonny"; loving Sitti of Nicholas and Sophia Fugaro; cherished daughter of Robert Matar and the late Helen "Barbara" Matar (nee Herro); loving sister of Jeffery Matar and Mary (Thomas) DiGasbarro; and the loving niece of Joseph Matar. Janine is further survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Janine graduated from St. Sebastian’s Grade School in Milwaukee. She attended Pius XI High School and transferred to Milwaukee Washington High School, where she graduated from in June 1969. Janine graduated from the MATC School of Nursing program in 1971 as a registered nurse and received her BSN from Alverno College. She married David Kirner on May 13, 1972.

Janine spent her early years in nursing as an orthopedic nurse at Deaconess Hospital on 19th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and Family Hospital at 27th and Wells streets in Milwaukee. From there, she went on to geriatric nursing, working at the Milwaukee Jewish Home, Mount Carmel Nursing Home and Franciscan Villa in South Milwaukee. Janine went on to work in the health care insurance industry for Employers Health Insurance of Green Bay and Time/Fortis Insurance Co., where she became vice president of clinical services. She finished her nursing career as a nurse recruiter for ProHealth Care of Waukesha, and later went on to become a parish nurse for ProHealth Care, dividing her time between St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Big Bend and The Women’s Center of Waukesha.

Janine’s courage and strength through her battle with cancer will never be forgotten. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the entire staff of Oncology Alliance, Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s 2-north oncology floor and VITAS Home Hospice for their compassion and care during Janine’s battle with kidney cancer.

Janine was a very special woman who always put everyone before herself. She had a unique way of touching lives of everyone that she met. She will long be remembered for her culinary skills in the kitchen and her passion for quilting and basket making.

Please join us at the funeral home, 14075 W. North Ave. Brookfield, to celebrate Janine’s life today, Nov. 19, beginning at 4 p.m. until the words of remembrance and vigil service beginning promptly at 6:45 p.m. There will be a second visitation Friday, Nov. 20, in the day chapel at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, S89-W22650 Milwaukee Ave., Big Bend, from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., which will be presided over by the Rev. Richard Robinson and deacon Richard Brown. Graveside services to follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Women’s Center of Waukesha are appreciated.

Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 782-5330 or visit online at