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Janice Beverly Deml

December 27, 2019 | 5 comments

Janice Beverly Deml, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully at the age of 88, on Friday, December 20, 2019, in her home surrounded by her loving family, to whom she devoted her entire life.

Jan was born on July 22, 1931, in La Crosse, to John and Josephine Stange. Jan married the love of her life, Norman Charles Deml following his return from service in World War II.  Together, they built a loving home and raised 10 children.  They enjoyed 70 years of marriage before his death in 2017

Despite her small stature, Jan lived a large and long life sustained by her desire to spend quality time with the family she and Norm created, nurtured, and loved to the fullest.  Jan was a constant source of steady affection and compassion for her children, many grandchildren, and many, many great-grandchildren.  She was an ever-present foundation of comfort and kindness to all who knew her.  She was the center of her family and relished the chances to host Christmas and other family gatherings in her home.  She was a pro shopper, excellent baker, loved cleaning her own home, and loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers.

A devout Christian Scientist, Jan was a current Board Member of her church, Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, and served on many committees. It was with this faith that she passed comfortably in her home surrounded by her family.  Throughout her life, Jan was the embodiment of love and caring.  She promoted good in everyone she knew and imparted this blessing on her family through her example.  Her impact is felt now by four generations, but will surely be passed through the family for many generations to come.

Jan will be deeply missed by her children, Gary, Cheryl (Dan) Dahle, Steve (Anita), Duane (Ruth), Jackie (Richard) Brown, Norman Jr., Dan (Cheryl), Tammy (Tom) Wetzel, Todd (Kathy) and Paul (Lisa), 19 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister Carol Hollnagel; brothers and sisters-in-law Mona (Tony) Colera, Richard (Janice), Donald (Mardi), Carl (Farrel), Gordon (Bonnie) Deml; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norm, her parents John and Josephine Stange, Sisters Ruthie Strange and Shirley Kraus and brothers Robert and Jack Stange, and her father and mother-in-law John and Lotus Deml; sisters-in-law Verna and Doris Stange, Lavon Brague, Doris, Chris, Carol and Arlene Deml; brothers-in-law Milt Kraus, Gene Hollnagel, John, Robert, Ray and Earl Deml.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the Prairie Room at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with a visitation from 4:00 pm until the time of the service.  Nicholas Deml will officiate.  Online condolences may be left at couleecremation.com.

Words to remember from Mom be strong and lead with love.

To view Janice’s memorial video, please use the following link. https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/34487QJBLWNQX6J2



  1. Holly Blanchard

    Jan Deml was a wonderful mother-in-law and a lovely person. She was an amazing grandmother and made everyone in her presence feel special. I am thankful for all the fond memories I have of her.

  2. Bob and Deb Hurd

    You have our deepest sympathy. Thinking of all of you. Cherish your special
    Memories. Hugs

  3. Jack & Ethel Sobotta

    Steve and Family,
    Our heart felt prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

  4. Fred and Bonnie Richard

    We were saddened to learn of Jan’s death, but thankful to know she is in Heaven now with her Lord and Savior, those she loved dearly, and all the company of Heaven.

    She will be missed greatly.

  5. Wes and Dianne Panzer

    We have only known Jan about 7 years but in that time we have realized what a truly wonderful lady she was. She epitomizes what motherhood is and should be. We are truly blessed to have had her as our neighbor and dear friend and we will miss her so much.

    To her family, our deepest condolences on her passing. May wonderful memories of a life well lived bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead.


    Dianne and Wes Panzer

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