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Jane Ann Hanousek


WAUSAU, Wis. - Jane Ann Hanousek, 75, of Ringle, died Feb. 5, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Jane was born on Jan. 14, 1939, in Wakefield, Mich., to the late Ted and Agnes (Gustafson) Johnson.

She married Frank L. Hanousek on July 10, 1965, at Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal in Ironwood, Mich. Frank preceded her in death on May 22, 1990.

Jane worked at the Ironwood Daily Globe as a summer intern in 1960. She then went on to become a reporter for the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph-Herald from 1961 to 1964. Jane was at the radio station KMAQ in Maquoketa, Iowa, from 1964 to 1965. She worked at Sears in Waukegan, Ill., from 1965 to 1966. Jane then moved to Wausau and worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for the Wausau Daily Herald from 1966 to 1992.

She was secretary of the Marathon County Civil Service Commission from December 1993 to December 2003. Jane was also an administrative assistant from 1994 until 2010 for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. She also enjoyed making sock monkeys for the Talent Shop Artisan starting back in 2006.

Jane was a life member of the national and state Future Farmers of America Alumni and Marathon County Agricultural Society. She was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Alumni, Altrusa International Inc. of Wausau, past president; former District Seven committee chairman; and former member of International strategic, long-range planning committee. Former memberships include boards of Birch Trails Girl Scout Council; American Red Cross of Marathon County; Wausau Community Concerts; Volunteer Center of Marathon County; Neurodevelopmental Clinic at Wausau Hospital; vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church; chairman of D.C. Everest Outdoor Education Citizens Advisory Committee, which developed Twin Oaks Environmental Center; secretary of Wausau Area Taxpayers League; YWCA Child Care Center Committee (predecessor of Wausau Child Care Inc.); charter member of first Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women; secretary of Easton-Hatley Parent Teacher Association; den leader for Cub Scout Pack 404 in Easton-Hatley; and volunteer for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, where she knit prayer shawls and helped to develop a prayer shawl program for ACCHS and Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Jane received many awards, including: Altrusa International Inc. District Seven Lamplighter Award; D.C. Everest FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer; Wausau School District Friend of Education; Wisconsin Soil and Water Conservation Association Outstanding Service; UW-Extension Friend of Extension; Association of Wisconsin School Administrators print media award; Daughters of the American Revolution national media award; and numerous trophies for police combat pistol shooting Powderpuff competition.

Jane is survived by a son, Frank L. (Kelly) Hanousek Jr., Ringle; grandchildren, Matthew, Tim, Caitlin and Mitchell Hanousek and Lindsey Antolik; a sister, Gloria Johnson, Wausau; and many friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 330 McClellan St., Wausau. The Rev. David Klutterman will officiate.

Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, and again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bessemer, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to Frank Hanousek Memorial Scholarship Endowment, NTC Foundation, 1000 Campus Drive, Wausau WI 54401, or Wisconsin Valley Auxiliary, P.O. Box 302, Wausau WI 54402.

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