The Rev. Janis C. Best


Pastor Janis C. Best, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

Janis was born on June 2, 1949, in Charlevoix, Mich., to William and Erma (nee Finch) Best. She was raised in a military family and lived in Germany and Canada as a child.

Ordained in 1997, Janis first served churches in Ellsworth, Diamond Bluff and Hartland. She then was an associate pastor at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire, followed by an appointment in Durand and Arkansas. Janis became Campus Ministry/Director of the Wesley Foundation, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. She then served churches in Manawa and Iola, followed by Wesley Church in Manitowoc. Janis was pastor at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend from 2007 until the time of her death.

Janis is survived by her daughter, Krista; her parents, Bill and Erma Best of HolmenI; brother, Tom Best; sister-in-law, Betty Best; nephew, Spencer Best; and niece, Tracey Best.

Memorial money to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church for Mission Outreach is appreciated.

Condolences can be sent to Bill and Erma Best, 215 Juniper Lane, Holmen, WI 54636.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. www.myrhum-patten.com.