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Janice Mae Awe

January 5, 2024 | 5 comments

Janice Mae Awe 86, of La Crescent MN and previously from Milwaukee WI, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024 at Springbrook Assisted Living La Crescent.

She was born on December 20th, 1937 in Melrose, WI to Clarence & Evelyn (Omlie)Plummer.

On January 15th,1972 she married William “Bill” Awe in Hales Corner, WI. Bill passed away on June 18th 2012.

Jan lived her life to the fullest. Working 45 years at Allen Bradley/Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee as a personal secretary. During her early years at Allen Bradley, she also sang in the chorus and traveled the US with the orchestra. While on tour she was fortunate to meet Frank Sinatra. Jan enjoyed playing tennis, time with the “Lakeside Ladies”, golfing, and skiing with Bill, especially in Colorado.

She is survived by Nieces: Sue (Neal) Wilber; Shelley Hanson; Connie (Ron) Morrison.

Nephews: Dave (Mary) Hanson; Joe (Jane) Ramuta;

Stepchildren: Bill (Amy) Awe; Dawn (Rob) Randall; Diane Awe; David Awe.

Brother-in-law: Bill Ramuta.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William Awe; sisters, LaVon Hanson and Marlene Ramuta; brother-in-law Robert Hanson; nephews, Mark Ramuta and Peter Ramuta.

Thank you to the staff at Springbrook La Crescent and to Moments Hospice for their compassionate care of Jan.

The family will have a private service at a later date.



  1. David Awe

    Jan was a wonderful person…She was the hardest working person I have ever met. Taught me to ski, got me involved in piano lessons and boy scouts and made sure I received a good christian education.
    We enjoyed summers at her shared cottage on Pewaukee Lake, and visits to the Hanson family farm and Bill and Marlene Ramuta’s tavern outside of Hurley after skiing.

    She was taught in a one-room schoolhouse.. often teaching the younger kids their lessons when the teacher dozed off for a nap!
    She always insisted on having a big huge Christmas tree every Christmas and helped out my Dad with ski clothing sales at the ski shop.. not afraid of hard outdoor work.. establishing and tending a large garden to help feed the family, and planting 70 apple trees on my father’s property at one time.
    Very hard worker at Allen Bradley..where she began work there as a young 18 year old girl,( crossing angry union picket lines during a strike) and worked her way up the ladder to become a very valued employee in the marketing department after over 50 years of service.
    Loved animals.. we enjoyed hearing stories about her pet pig “Pinky”…who would wait for her when she would get home from school on the school bus in her youth.
    Always enjoyed her birds at the bird feeder..
    She lived her life to the fullest.. enjoying tennis, golfing, skiing, professional singing, gardening, sailing, and a big bowl of popcorn and a beer while watching tennis or a sporting event on TV every once in awhile!
    Movies would get her so excited at times she would have to get up and leave the room!

    May she rest in peace ..and find happiness in the afterlife!
    My father was fortunate to have found her and been married to her. They were a very good match for each other, as both were hard workers were into sports and fun but also hard work. My father never stopped appreciating her.

    Anyway hats off to Jan!
    We will not forget her… Or all the hard work and dedication she put in for our family!

    • Mike Manthe

      I worked at A-B for nearly 40 years starting at the age of 20. I became a Marketing Manager and Jan was one of my favorite people! I loved her singing in the chorus and got to meet her then. Later, she worked for me for a while as my secretary. I gave her a lot of hugs. I know you will miss her dearly. Mike Manthe

  2. Don Watson

    Jan was a great gal to know
    A life well lived
    Don Watson

  3. Angie Winiarski

    My sympathy to the family of Jan Awe.

  4. Lori

    Jan was such a lovely lady and I am so blessed to have met and cared for her. May she rest peacefully with the love of her life.


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