Janice R. Osswald, age 68, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, surrounded by her family.
She was born April 28, 1953, in Wausau, to the daughter of late Harold and Phyllis (Harris) Kalinke. Janice loved her family and friends. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Osswald on April 20, 1974, in Wausau, WI. Together they raised their two children, Nicole, and Shane. She enjoyed taking her family on vacation once a year and they always drove to their destinations. Her children will always remember the trip when they went to pick up grandma and great grandma from Kentucky to bring them both back to Wisconsin with them.
Janice worked at Nanik for the first part of her life, and she decided to become a caregiver in her home until she became sick. She will always be remembered for her love of her house plants, watching the Green Bay Packers, her sewing, and how she enjoyed hosting the Woodchuck player each summer for 25 years.
Janice is survived by her husband, Donald Osswald, her children, Nicole (Travis) Knoblock and Shane Osswald, grandchildren, Tristan and Braden, her three sisters, Rosie (Dave) Schneck of Aniwa, Donna (Roger) Neiter of Wausau, Connie (Steve) Ott of Ringle, and her brother James “Jim” Kalinke of Hatley, and her sister-in-law, Pat (Dave) Mayer of Wausau. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Phyllis.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 7:00pm at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. Visitation will take place at 4:00 pm until the time of service. There will be livestream provided for those that are unable to attend the service. The family thanks Aspirus Oncology for their care for Janice when she was sick and a special thank you to Dr. Peterson. Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements. To share condolences and memories with the family, please visit www.helke.com.