GREEN BAY, Wis. — Janice G. Tesarik, 73, of 9729 County Road R, Whitelaw, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at the Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay.
Janice was born on March 7, 1940, in Ironwood, Mich., daughter of the late Fritz and Alice (Eliason) Carlson. She attended Ironwood schools and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1958. She attended Gogebic Community College and graduated in 1962 from Wisconsin State College of Superior with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Janice then moved to Manitowoc to teach in the public schools and taught at Garfield and McKinley schools.
On Aug. 22, 1964, Janice was married to Kenneth H. Tesarik at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ironwood. The couple farmed the In-Lane Farms in the town of Kossuth for 44 years until Ken’s death on March 5, 2009.
Janice was a substitute teacher in area schools for many years. She was an active member of Rockwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Janice was also a member of Rockwood Evangelical Lutheran Ladies Bible Hour, Manitowoc County Farm Bureau and WFLA Lodge No. 20 of Melnik.
Janice enjoyed spending time with her family and friends especially with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and traveling, especially in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Survivors include her three children, Steve (Carrie) Tesarik, rural Whitelaw, Susan Tesarik, Madison, and Michael (Dana) Tesarik, rural Whitelaw. She was a proud grandma to six grandchildren, Sheila, Alex, Kyle, Kora, Kolton and Kaden Tesarik. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends survive.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Alice Carlson; her husband, Kenneth Tesarik; a stillborn daughter; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Emily Tesarik; and two sisters-in-law, Blanche Leist and Josephine Stock.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Rockwood Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Carl Klein will officiate, with burial to follow at Kossuth No. 1 Cemetery in the town of Kossuth.
Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.
The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Kellnersville is serving the Tesarik family. Online condolences may be expressed at jensreinboldandpfeffer.com.