Janette J. Ehlenfeldt, 89

Janette J. Ehlenfeldt, nee Laganowski, 89, of West Bend passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Cedar Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center in the town of West Bend.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1922 in Milwaukee to the late Walter and Josephine (nee Sieracki) Laganowski. Janette graduated from Rufus King High School in the class of 1940. On Jan. 10, 1945, she was united in marriage to George Ehlenfeldt in Astoria, Ore. They lived in Milwaukee from 1953 until 1969 when they moved to Cedarburg. In 1989, they moved to West Bend. George preceded her in death on April 8, 2003.

Janette worked in the Inspection Department at American Can Company in Milwaukee, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed quilting, baking, flowers and making things for her grandchildren. Janette was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her four children, John (Judy) Ehlenfeldt of Milwaukee, Chris (Don) Behm of Cedarburg, Debra (Gary) Kowalewski of Belgium, and Ann Wood of Hudson; 10 grandchildren, Matt (Theresa) Wood, Angela (Matt) Schiller, Natalie (Jake) Schmidt, Brian (Erika) Behm, Weslan Wood, Katie Kowalewski, Rebecca (Tommy) Treutelaar, Elizabeth (Bill) Dobberpuhl, Lori (Chris) Poniewaz, and Joseph Kowalewski; 10 g reat-g randchildren, Blaze Kowalewski, Samuel Schiller, Nicholas Schiller, Vincent Schiller, Jack Behm, Andy Behm, Madeline Schmidt, Julia Schmidt, Autumn Schmidt, and William Dobberpuhl; her sister, Florence Walker of California; special friend, Marilyn Anderson of West Bend; other relatives and friends.

Janette is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Ehlenfeldt; and brother, Walter Laganowski.

Funeral services in remembrance of Janette will be held on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend with Rev. Richard Robinson of St. Joseph Catholic Church – Big Bend presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday at 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to Cedar Community or the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated by the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Cedar Community for the loving care extended to mom.