Jeanne Janisch, 1924-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Jeanne (Zorich) Janisch, a longtime resident of LaPorte, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at The Forum at Brookside in Louisville, Ky. She was 94.

The daughter of Steven Zorich and Anna Pongracic (both born in Yugoslavia), Mrs. Janisch was a first-generation American born on February 5, 1924, in Wakefield, Mich. She served in the U.S. Army near the end of World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps. 

Mrs. Janisch married the love of her life, Carl Janisch, on March 2, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoyed dancing with him to music by the band “Middle of the Road.” Although he preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2009, she was comforted whenever she saw a cardinal fly by: it was a sign that he was always with her. The beloved matriarch of her family, she lived for Christmas and hosted decades of Christmas dinners that her children and grandchildren cherished. She also enjoyed casinos, with winning streaks that both stunned and delighted her family, and she took no prisoners in poker and Rummikub.

Mrs. Janisch managed the Boston Middle School and Kesling Middle School food services in LaPorte. She was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and volunteered at LaPorte Hospital and the St. Joseph Curiosity Shop. She remained physically active until her later years and spent the last five years in the care of her loving son, Carl.

Her parents and nine siblings preceded her in death.

She is survived by one brother, Robert Zorich of Pipestone, Minn.; four children: Jerry Janisch (Sue) of Valley Center, Calif.; Judie (Janisch) Foster of Phoenix, Ariz., Carol (Janisch) Beaudu of San Diego, Calif., and Carl Janisch II of Louisville, Ky; three grandchildren: Dennis Strieter II (Brandi) of Phoenix, Ariz., Jennifer Janisch (Said Rifai) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Juliana Janisch (Adam Brant) of East Grand Rapids, Mich.; and two great-grandchildren, Dennis Strieter III and William Strieter, both of Phoenix, Ariz.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaPorte on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in LaPorte.

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8 Responses to “Jeanne Janisch, 1924-2018”

  1. bob wedow

    Oct 04. 2018

    you will be missed , thanks to you and carl for being good friends

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  2. Troy Harrison

    Oct 04. 2018

    Jeanne,RIP in the loving arms of our Lord.

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  3. Maria Jackson

    Oct 04. 2018

    Dear Jenni and Juliana,
    Thank you so much for writing such a Beautiful
    Moving and Touching Rememberence of your
    Grandmother. Through your words I got to know
    her and she what a special person she was.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  4. Rory Lee Swan

    Oct 05. 2018

    I remember Mrs. Janisch with great affection. She and Mr. Janisch were very warm and welcoming parents to Carl’s friends. I hope the family is at peace with her passing and the memories she left for all she met.

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  5. cynthia hastings

    Oct 05. 2018

    so very sorry for your loss God bless Cynthia Hastings and John Collins

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  6. Pat and Kathy Zoll

    Oct 05. 2018

    Pat and I are so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounded like a wonderful person. Cherish her memories.

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  7. Bob Krueger Class of 65

    Oct 09. 2018

    So sorry for your loss

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  8. Cathy Bornell

    Oct 12. 2018

    I worked for Mrs Janisch at kesling she was such a great lady. I could tell she loved her job and she would always jump in and help.💙

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