Janice ‘Janie’ D. Ziolkowski
April 18, 1945 — May 20, 2016
Janice “Janie” D. Ziolkowski, 71, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born in Milwaukee on April 18, 1945, Janie is the daughter of the late Charles F. Tyler and Dorothy Bernhagen.
On April 27, 1963, Janie married Thomas Ziolkowski. As newlyweds, they flew to Germany in May where they lived until October while Thomas continued to serve in the Army. In October 1963, they moved to Texas and lived there until April 1964 when Thomas was honorably discharged from the Army. They settled in South Milwaukee for many years, until they moved to Oconomowoc.
Janie was passionate about horses and teaching children. She taught CCD at St. Jerome’s Church. Later in life, she volunteered her time at Avalon Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Watertown for many years. When they closed their doors, Janie found LifeStriders Therapeutic Riding Program in Waukesha. She earned the title “Horsewhisper.” The horses provided Janie gifts as equally as Janie provided them gifts. She simply had a way with them. Janie loved gardening, spending time up north, and simply being with her family. She greatly missed her beloved pets, Lady and Miss Dakota T. Time spent with family was “never long enough. The time just goes by too quick.”
Janie is survived by her husband, Thomas; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Crystal (Martin) Ziolkowski of Oconomowoc; daughter and future son-in-law Symantha and Andy Massey of Green Bay; grandson Randy Ziolkowski and wife Brittney and great-granddaughter Phoenix Paul Ziolkowski of Oconomowoc; and many cousins and their families.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and respect to the staff and doctors of Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their kindness, support and compassion. A special thank you to God’s angels on earth, physician assistant Ann Thompson and ICU nurse Liz.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 2, at Pakenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be at 6:00 p.m. A private burial will be held Friday, June 3.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifeStiders Therapeutic Riding Program in Waukesha or the Washington County Humane Society.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.
Wife, mom, and friend, we love you and miss you. You are forever in our hearts. May you be at peace.