Jan Johannah Marie (Anderson) Krahenbuhl, age 60, of South Wayne, entered her heavenly home on March 15, 2018. She was surrounded by her family and her home was filled with love, care, and faith through her last days on earth.
Jan was born on December 19, 1957 in Monroe. She was the youngest of nine children, daughter of Floyd and Helen (Lewis) Anderson. She attended Monroe High School and graduated in 1976. Shortly thereafter, she met Gregory Krahenbuhl. Greg and Jan were married in July 1981, and together they raised three caring boys, Nicholas, Eric, and Christian. Jan had a successful career in the banking industry and retired as the Executive Vice President of the Woodford State Bank in 2012. Even after retiring, she continued to serve on the Board of Directors.
The name Jan means “Gift from God”, and she was a gift in everything she did. As a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Jan was an inspiration to many and connected to others through her selfless, caring personality. She had an open heart for everyone and everything, no matter who it was or what was going on. She genuinely cared about what others had to say, no matter how big or small it was. She was the ultimate listener and was present in everything she did. Whether it was a conversation, a laugh, or a phone call, there was no one who listened better than her. She was the true definition of enjoying and being present in the moment, and she made sure to remind others to do that too.
Jan gave so much of herself to others and to those in need. She had a warm, beautiful smile that brought joy to all, even strangers she had just met. She was a tender caretaker of all God’s creatures and loved riding her mules and horses. She was always looking for her next adventure. Big or small, she enjoyed seeing how others lived their lives differently. She accepted all people and showed how to live and treat others. She was an intelligent, elegant, driven woman. While her otherworldly ability to connect with others was obvious, what many may not know is that she was FUNNY, and shared a unique sense of humor with her sons.
Jan loved spending time with her family and friends. Her ‘ham sandwiches’, grandchildren Jonah Nicholas (6) and Lillian Grace (5), brought her so much joy. They loved “choring” with Grandma, going to the park, gardening, and helping her take care of her animals.
Jan is survived by her husband Greg; her sons, Nick (Amy) of Appleton, Eric of Appleton, Christian (Lauren) of Milwaukee; her grandchildren Jonah and Lillian; her three sisters Jenny Curless of Janesville, Sue (Ron) Buholzer of Monroe, and Jane Kubly of Janesville; her five brothers Art Anderson of Monroe, Kenny Anderson of Monroe, Jeff Anderson of Minneapolis, Greg (Sue) Anderson of Rochester, Minn., and Junior Anderson of Florida; her mother and father-in-law Karl and LuAnn Krahenbuhl, along with many brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Jan was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Helen Anderson, and special nephews Cal Ritschard, Jr. and Matthew Buholzer.
Jan had a powerful spiritual connection with God. She often journaled her thoughts and prayers; her last entry was “Life is Safe With God”. A true testament to her strong faith.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victors Catholic Church in Monroe, with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl as celebrant.
Visitation was Monday, March 19, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke funeral home in Monroe and Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Jan’s name to the Monroe Clinic Hospice or Childfund International.
A special thank you to Monroe Clinic Hospice care and family and friends that gave such special care for Jan in her last weeks.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com