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Janis Helen (Raduenzel) Wiskow

August 18, 1936 ~ February 18, 2018 (age 81)

Janis Wiskow, 81, of Wausau, died peacefully in her sleep February 18, 2018 at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Eau Claire.

Janis was born 8-18-1936 the third of three daughters to the late Willie and Stella (Treu) Raduenzel in the town of Hamburg, WI.

She graduated from Wausau High and went on to earn her licensure in Cosmetology. Janis married Ralph, the love of her life, on July 20, 1957 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Their love produced 3 children: Terry (George) Strodthoff, Mark (Denise) Wiskow, and Seth (Jeanette) Wiskow.  Their love and family grew through many trials, losses and blessings over the next 52 years.

Janis worked for various salons as a beautician for nearly 20 years before being hired at JC Penney as a clerk.  She worked there for 19 years, including 2 seasons alongside Ralph in the stockroom for their “Florida money”.

Ralph died 2-28-2011, leaving Janis with half a heart in which to survive the past 7 years.  She continued to enjoy time with her children, 7 grand and 7 great-grandchildren whenever she could.  Janis also found joy working her flower garden, driving her little blue car, eating out with friends, playing poker, going to the Casino with friends, involvement with her church and daily visits with her sister.

Janis was loyal to her friends, neighbors and family.  She cared deeply for others, and was always willing to share whatever she had.

Her faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has strengthened and sustained her all of her life.  When asked what she wanted her family to know upon her death, she responded, “That I am with my Lord”.

Janis is survived by 3 generations of beloved children, grands and greats, her dearly loved sister, Lois Mumford, her faithful Monday Lunch friends, extended family and many wonderful friends.  She is preceded in death by her first grandchild, Noah Strodthoff, and her oldest sister, Phyllis Miller.

The funeral service for Janis will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau.  Pastor Jennifer Dahle will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the time of service on Thursday at the church.  Janis will be laid to rest beside her beloved Ralph at Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Texas.  Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Stephen Lutheran Church (512 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI 54403).

A sincere word of appreciation of goes to all the family and friends who have been so very supportive to Janis following her last stroke.   

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