Janet ‘Jan’ Biersach

Feb. 21, 1928 – June 22, 2012

Janet “Jan” (Spitz-Deffner) Biersach, a longtime resident of Pewaukee Lake and Surprise, Ariz., was called to her eternal rest Friday, June 22, 2012. She was born Feb. 21, 1928, the daughter of Rudolph and Esther Spitz.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Doris and Lois; and her loving husband, Robert.

She is survived by her four children, James (Margie) Biersach, Deborah (John) Tritt, Jillayne (Jeffrey) Waite and Mick (Jill) Biersach; 10 grandchildren, Paul, Jennifer (Eric), Nathaniel, Penny (Ben), Adam (Heather), Gwendolyn (Timothy), Ethan (Taylor), Amelia (Kevin), Jacquelyn (Luke) and Forresto; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jackson, Sofia, Brayden, Jonah, Annabelle, Liam and Jordan; and nieces, nephews and friends, as well as curling teammates and quilters from across the country.

Jan was a avid member of the Kettle Moraine Curling Club. In January 1986, as skip, Jan led her team to the championship of the U.S. Women’s Curling Association Senior Ladies Bonspiel. Later that year, Jan had the honor to represent the U.S. on the U.S. Women’s Scottish Tour with 20 teammates from across the United States. Jan was also a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britanica on curling. She loved nature, orchids, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sitting in the duck skiff or traveling the nation with Bob.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, July 7, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, with a light lunch served at the church. Following the lunch, a committal service will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park on Capital Drive. The Rev. James Gorman, pastor and friend, will officiate.

Special thanks to Janet’s caregivers at Merrill Hills Manor and Seasons Hospice for their care and concern as she traveled the last path of her life on earth. In her last days, she found comfort in knowing that she would be greeted with open arms in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ in her name.

Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.