Janet Baumgart

Janet L. Baumgart (Happel)

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Janet L. Baumgart (nee Happel), age 78, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend. She was born to Elmer and Edna (nee Mixdorf) on June 28, 1942 and was raised in the Town of Polk. Janet graduated from Slinger High School Class of 1960 and later attended UW-Madison studying Home Economics. She was employed at Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee for over 24 years retiring in 1997.

Janet was a member of Faith UCC in Slinger and the Historical Society of Richfield. She was a former member of the Eastern Star of Hartford.

She is survived by her children, Amy Baumgart and Steven (Julie); grandchildren Annika and Esmond; sisters Jean Happel and Carol (Robert) Fenske. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Phillip.

Private Services will be held.
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Posted at 11:17pm
Janet has been my friend since ever 1975 when I met her at Miller Brewing Company. I filled in for Janet when she went on maternity leave only to find out my new friend's baby was still borne. How heart breaking it was for her to come back to her job and not to be able to tell us or show us pictures of her new baby.

We became closer friends as we worked together for many years on second shift. Eventually we were able to hold the day shift for awhile and we moved from the bottle house to the can line. While working on the can reject line one day; Janet scolded me when I tried to walk the conveyor belt to get the can reject line moving, as I had seen so many others do. I was pregnant with my third child and she warned me that I was not taking my situation seriously. Janet said something like "who is more important the baby and you or the beer production?" I got the point! When my baby Charles was born she made the cutest Sun Shine baby quilt for him with his name embroidered on it for his crib. I know she mourned for her lost child but she embraced the love she had for Amy and Steven. There were birthday parties and graduations for Amy and Steven along with my older children Pam and Glenn.

There were many work events, baseball games where we met Janet's sister Jean and gatherings over the years where Janet and I tried our best to stay out of trouble. Then after we retired there many luncheons and visits from time to time to catch up with family events and births of our grandchildren. When we moved to Jackson and Janet moved to West Bend and Janet took me around and showed me around to all the stores. Janet would tell me to turn at this or that corner or landmark and I would ask the street name and she would say there was no street names. Then when

Eventually Janet started dating John and she introduced us to her boyfriend and we instantly became friends with him too. We would meet them while they were camping in the Kettle Moraine for picnics and other outings. Eventually we bought their camper and started camping again; but this time without a tent and they taught us to have a "master list" of things we needed while camping. Janet really missed John after he passed away.

I remember and I especially loved the time Janet spent with me; taking me to Ann Taylors to pick out material and match color thymes when I became interested in quilting. And I loved the visits my husband and I had to Janet's Family Farm named Happel's Apples for the orchards they had. We attended Steven and his wife's wedding on the farm. We also hunted for morel mushrooms on the farm years ago and we just recently talked about going into the Kettle Moraine to search for some more; but we couldn't really do that because of the Co-Vid-19 Virus quarantine and the State Parks were closed for awhile.

She loved the vacations she had with her sisters Jean and Carol and also with her children Amy and Steven and his bride Julie and her grandchildren Annika and Esmond and the special times they went to Russia, Alaska, Hawaii and many other places. She always shared these special events in her life. Janet had so much love for her family and friends!

And that was my friend Janet, she was so adorable with her wit and her humor and she always had an encouraging word. I will certainly miss her! Thank you for being my friend! And thank You Jesus for Your free gift of salvation and our belief in You; I know I will see you Janet, one day again my friend in Heaven! Love your friend Judy

Carl Eisemann

Posted at 08:09pm
I attended elementary school in Slinger with Janet and have thought of her often when I reflect on those days. That was back in the days of the old 2 story brick school house on the hill. Her family farm was one of my favorite places to visit. My father, who was the Slinger Principal, would say we were going to "Happels Appels" to get fresh apples. Janet and the family were some of the nicest people to know. Several times, while there, we were invited to lunch in the family kitchen.
Carl 'Ronnie' Eisemann

Barbara Collins

Posted at 02:37pm
My heartfelt condolences to you, Amy, and to Steve and his family, and your aunts on the passing of your Mom. My fondest memories of her involve laughing with her, or hearing her exclaim "oh, geez", or a response to that effect, during a conversation, and joining camping trips with her good friend, John. Of course, she always brought along plenty of treats to share.

The last decade or so was challenging for her health-wise, and it was such a joy to see her push herself past those challenges in order to spend time with those she loved so much, and to take part in activities she loved. I looked forward to spring to hear that. despite challenges, she got herself out to hunt for morels, even if only for a little while. Her children knew well when to push her to participate, even when she pushed back, knowing it would bring her some joy, as well as when to let her be. She will be missed, but leaves a wonderful legacy to her family and all those she touched with her humor, straight talk, and love. Rest in peace, friend, but also, have a wonderful time watching over those of us here on earth from a comfortable chair in a beautiful setting, as you always did so well.

RAC: Diana, Laura, Sylvia, Katy and Ann Marie

Posted at 04:26pm
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Susan Roy

Posted at 09:40pm
To our beloved friend Amy ❤️ and to Steve & Julie,
We were sad to hear about your Mom’s death and wish we could be there with you during this difficult time. We are lucky to have happy memories of Janet to warm our hearts. Your Mom was smart, witty and spunky - much like her daughter! She had a sparkle in her eye too. We can’t wait to hear more about her when we see all of you again. Rest in peace dear Janet ❤️ Love, Sue & Luis, Olivia, Sora, Simon and Rosita

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