Janette J. Ehlenfeldt, 89
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
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.