Janis Marie Meyer, age 88 resident of Deerfield in New Richmond, Wisconsin died peacefully with her family by her side on May 31st, 2014.
Janis was born in Downing, WI on July 23rd, 1925; she was the daughter of Lyle and Mabel Walton. She attended Downing School and graduated in 1943 with honors, participating in band and played on an all-women’s basketball team. Janis then attended The University of River Falls where she received her teaching certificate and years later she would finish her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
During her first teaching job she would meet and marry her best friend and the love of her life, Lawrence Meyer. They were wed on February 20th, 1946 during his leave from the service. They would settle on a farm in Downing (Downing Tractor Parts) and 8 years later bought and moved to a larger farm just outside of Forest. Their marriage was blessed with seven children: Susan, Audrey, Lawrence Jr, Gerald, Barbara, Marilyn, and Karwyn. Years later after raising their children and farming for 30+ years they would retire on the Apple River in Amery, WI. They would return to the farm in Forest some years later due to health issues for her husband and here they would live until the passing of her husband after 50+ years of marriage.
Janis is well known for her many talents; teaching, sewing, crocheting, tatting, gardening, cooking, baking, and fishing. She touched many lives with her unique way of creating amazing quilts, clothes, dollies, afghans and other projects but her most rewarding was her teaching. She started teaching in country school in 1944-1948, would leave the profession to raise her family and start the family farm, and then would return to teaching in 1966 at Clayton Schools in Clayton, WI. She was a 4th grade teacher for 21 years, retiring in 1987. She then would spend most of her time with her family: devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She spent many days quilting at her church, gardening, and baking for her grandchildren. Janis’s longevity allowed for lots of love, laughter, and family, and the legacy of a life well lived.
She will remain in the hearts of her seven children: Susan Meyer of Somerset, Audrey Maes (Mark) of Glenwood City, Lawrence Meyer Jr. of Forest, Gerald Meyer of Clear Lake, Barbara Voeltz (Vaughn) of Glenwood City, Marilyn Benson (Roger) of Forest, Karwyn Meyer of Burnsville, MN; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and Robert Thomas family (Amery); brother Robert Walton, sister-in law Jennie Ann Walton and Lillian Meyer and brother-in-law Robert Dittman; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Meyer; her parents Lyle and Mabel Walton, sister Lela Walton, and brother Leslie Walton.
A visitation was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Forest, WI at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3; funeral services will follow. Private Burial service will be held on Wednesday morning.