Ralph L. Jansen

Ralph L. Jansen went home to the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at the age of 81. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Ralph at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2700 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, WI 53092. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., prior to the Mass. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elm Grove. The Zwaska Funeral Home in Milwaukee is serving the family.

Ralph’s strong Christian faith was the foundation upon which he built his family life, professional career and community service. He will be remembered for his love for his large family, his generosity of spirit, and his willingness to mentor and serve others.

Ralph was the loving husband of Carol R. (nŽe Goll) for 58 wonderful years. Together they raised 10 children in Milwaukee, Brown Deer and Mequon, where they enjoyed their 22 grandchildren.

Ralph was a leader in his field of engineering, general construction and real estate development. He served as president of the Joseph P. Jansen Company and chairman of Jansen Corp., which at its height had offices in Milwaukee, Tampa and Denver with over 200 employees and was recognized as one of the top 400 construction companies in the U.S. Ralph strived to strengthen his community in a myriad of ways. He was an active member of the Wisconsin Presidents Organization (WPO), AGC, Rotary, Knights of Columbus, Legatus, Veritas and other service organizations. He coached Little League baseball, basketball, and generously served the Catholic Church by teaching confirmation classes and supporting numerous programs and missions.

Ralph was the loving husband of Carol Jansen; the loving father of Michael (Mary), Mary Jo "MJ" (Steve Shapson) Jansen, William (Betsy Harkleroad), Barbara Jansen, Diane Jansen, Thomas (Debbie), Nancy (Paul) Krueger, Paul (Jennifer), Jackie (Elmer) Nejapa and Dr. Joseph (Dr. Amy Risley); the grandpa of Matthew (Tricia), Katie (Orey), Patrick and Liz; Tracy, Sam, Allyson and Ryan; Jerod (Joanna), Joshua (Kelly) and Justin; Andrew and Kristin; Andrea, Danielle and Gracie; Zach, Jack and Will; Gabriela and Liliana; Sophia and a much awaited first great-grandchild; brother-in-law of Janet (the late Jerome) Weitzer and Philip (the late Lois) Breidenbach. Ralph is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane (the late Jim) McGurk and Eunice (the late Robert) Krueger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and Memorial Masses to Lumen Christi or donations to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission would be appreciated. The compassionate care of our father by the staff at Coumbia St. Mary’s Hospital will always be remembered. To send an online message to the family, visit www.zwaskafuneral.com.