Janet Lillian Reichert,
May 22, 1913 — March 15, 2017
Janet Lillian Reichert (nee Hembel) passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the age of 103.
Janet was born May 22, 1913, to Henry J. and Emma (nee Schmidt) Hembel.
She graduated from West Bend High School, class of 1931. The following year, she completed the teaching program at Fond du Lac Normal School, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1967. She began teaching at 19 years of age.
Jan married the late Reuben Reichert on June 6, 1936, at Peace Reformed Church in Jackson. After marriage, the couple built their home in the town of Polk and lived there until 2011 when Jan moved to Cedar Bay West Assisted Living.
Jan taught school at Maple Lawn School as an eighth-grade teacher and in Richfield teaching first through fourth grade for three years until she was hired in Barton teaching kindergarten. Jan retired in 1978.
She was a longtime member of Peace Reformed Church and New Hope UCC in Jackson. Jan was a Sunday school teacher for many years and a member of the choir and ladies aide. Jan loved to bake for the church events and provide flowers from her garden for church services. Jan was a woman of strong faith and was attending bible study at Cedar Bay until she passed away. Jan was also a member of the Washington County Association for Home and Community Education for 50 years.
During this time, she helped form the Polk Dairy Maids group. She received many awards from different organizations and was currently a member of the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association.
Jan is survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hembel, and other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reuben; sister, Gladys (Theodore) Garbade; and brother, Jerome (Elizabeth) Hembel.
A funeral service for Janet will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with the Rev. Kathryn Kuhn presiding. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service (11:30 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to New Hope UCC (4360 Jackson Drive, Jackson, WI 53037) or Cedar Community Foundation (113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, WI 53095).
The family would like to extend a Special Thank You to the Cedar Community Assisted Living, especially the staff at Heather Lane in Cedar Bay West.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 orwww.phillipfuneralhome.com.