Janis Gail (Martin) Vanden Branden

Janis Gail (Martin) Vanden Branden, 59, Green Bay, passed away 
peacefully Friday, May 15, 2009, at her home, with her husband and 
dog by her side.

She was born in Milwaukee on Dec. 12, 1949 to Eugene and Alice 
(Ottinger) Martin. Janis was a 1968 graduate of Cedarburg High 
. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 
for three and a half years.

On April 6, 1974, Janis married Randall R. Vanden Branden in Stevens 
.  She worked at Hoffman House in Green Bay from 1974 until 
1977. She enjoyed traveling, amateur interior decorating, playing 
tennis, and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Randall of 35 years; Kay, “The 
Rescued Dog;” brother, James R. Martin of Custer; cousin, Kathleen 
(James) Hautala of Greendale; aunt, Lorraine Dahms of Franklin; 
grandmother, Mary Martin of Stevens Point; mother-in-law, Dorothy 
Vanden Branden of Green Bay; nieces, Mara Martin of Custer, Amber 
(Danno) Hoff  and their daughters Maya and Zoe of Wausau; and Annie 
Bins of Green Bay; sisters-in-law, Joan (Kevin) Thorpe of Spencer, 
N.Y., Kathleen Vanden Branden of Green Bay, and Linda (Daniel) Bins 
of Green Bay; brother-in-law, James (Kim) Vanden Branden of Green 
Bay; and nephews, Branden Thorpe of Spencer, N.Y., Trevor Thorpe of 
Los Angeles, Dillon (special friend, Alicia Tiemann) Vanden Branden 
of Green Bay, Brian Bins of Green Bay and Bill Bins of Green Bay.
  In addition to her parents, Janis is preceded in death by her 
grandparents, Henry Martin and Ernst and Anna Ottinger; sister-in-
law, Cindy Martin; father-in-law, Donald Vanden Branden; and 
grandmother-in-law, Lucy Anderson.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2009, from 4 
p.m. until 7 p.m. at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave. , De 
Pere. Online condolences may be expressed to Janis’ family at 

A special thank you to the many people who Janis has met and been 
friends with in Green Bay , Stevens Point , and Cedarburg. Also, thank 
you to MaryAnn and Mary Lou for their loving care in Janis’ last 
weeks, the fourth floor staff at Bellin Hospital, Dr. Donald 
Cvitokovich, Dr. Ronald Davis, Dr. Amy James, and the Green Bay City 
Transit Bus Drivers of Route 7.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bay Area Humane Society, 
1830 Radisson St. , Green Bay , WI 54302 or to the charity of your choice.