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Janice Marie Reid

February 29, 2020 | 17 comments

Janice Marie Reid (Mee Mee) 72, of Onalaska, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 27th 2020 of natural causes. She was born and raised in La Farge, Wisconsin graduating in 1965.

She married Al Reid in June 1977, they later divorced but remained great friends. Jan was employed by Gundersen Lutheran medical center from 1986-2001 as a phlebotomist. Jan touched the lives of many patients and coworkers with her amazing personality and beautiful smile. She made everyone she came into contact with feel special. In 2001 she sold her home and moved to Viroqua, Wisconsin to care for her mother. In 2004 her and her mother settled together in Onalaska, Wisconsin. She continued her career with The Blood Center of Wisconsin where she worked from 2004 until she retired in 2015. She met so many wonderful donors and made lasting friendships. Her coworkers were like her family and she cared deeply for them. Jan will be greatly missed by so many.

She is preceded in death by her ex-husband and friend Al, her parents Hubert and Geraldine Drake, and “the boys” Snickie and Spikey- her beloved, spoiled, and forever faithful dogs.

Jan is survived by her daughter Kami Newkirk (Mike Clark) and her three grandchildren who meant everything to her. Jaylee Beauregard (Logan Beauregard) of Hudson, Iowa, Connor Newkirk (Mallory Weispfennig) of Forrest Lake, Minnesota, and Madyson Newkirk of Onalaska, WI. She leaves behind many wonderful friends that she loved and treasured.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday March 7th, 2020 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. Visitation from 11:30 am-1:00 pm with a reception following the service.  Bonita Dorschied will officiate.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank the Onalaska police and fire department, Tristate ambulance service, and the La Crosse county medical examiner for their efforts and outstanding compassion.

Mom,
I am lost. you were my everything, my very best friend, biggest supporter, and the best mom anyone could ask for. I am truly blessed for the years I had with you. If I can be even half of the woman you were I will be happy. Until it’s my time to join you, I love you always and forever. -Kami
Mee Mee, we love you MORE! -Jaylee, Connor and Mady

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17 Comments

  1. Sandy Hauge

    Jan was such a special person and touched so many lives with her beautiful, joyful spirit. A true Angel on Earth.

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    • Kami

      Thank you !!

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  2. Barb Viner-Fronk

    Jan used to work with my sister Steph at the Blood Center, which is how I met her. She was the sweetest woman. 10 years ago when our mom
    Passed away Jan and Sheri brought over a meal which we now call “Special Delivery Chicken” and it was the most perfect timing as we were all hungry and hadn’t even thought of what to feed all the families. It was the sweetest thing and I will never forget how wonderful and loved it made us all feel. Jan was a beautiful soul and I’m thankful to have met her.

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    • Kami

      She was the best ! Thank you!!

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  3. Sue Miller

    Kami and kids,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Mee Mee was such a warm, loving woman. I will forever remember her smile. I don’t think I ever saw her without that welcoming smile. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. You know we are here for you for anything you need.
    Love, Sue and Jeff

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    • Kami

      She had the best smile!! Thank you !!

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      • Paul Orzechowski

        Kami and Family,

        Goodyear will never be the same without Jan! There was not a single past or current employee that wasn’t touched by her bubbly personality.
        Jan was way more to us than just a customer and will be missed dearly.
        -Paul Orzechowski from Goodyear Onalaska.

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        • Kami

          She really thought a lot of her buddies at Goodyear. Thank you so much for taking care of her and caring for her so much!!

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  4. Tracy Clements

    Jan was truly an amazing person. She will be missed.

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    • Dick

      Jan was a beacon of light to all she knew, I will miss her !🙏

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      • Kami

        A beacon of light. I love that!! Thank you!

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    • Kami

      She sure will be missed. Thank you!!

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  5. WENDY RUNNING

    I work next to the Blood Center and had the pleasure of knowing Jan for many years. She had a big bright smile to go with her loving personality. I was so saddened to read of her passing. She and I were dog lovers and shared many stories through the years. When I learned of the passing of Snickie, I surprised her with a memorial ornament that she absolutely treasured! She honestly sent me a dozen thank you notes and cards for that gift. Her love and compassion for all, just radiated from her. I did not know she had also lost Spikey, but I know they were so happy to see her again! Blessings to the family – Wendy

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    • Kami

      Mom talked a lot about you. She was so very touched by the ornament! Spikey went to be with her yesterday. He was 15, lost without her, and it is what she wanted if she passed before him. Thank you for your personal message about mom.

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  6. Angie

    Janice always had a smile. She was such a lovely lady. I am sorry for your loss. She talked of her family fondly. I will miss our chats. Thinking of you all.

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    • Kami

      Thank you. She was the best!!

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  7. Mary Millner

    I was so fortunate to have met Jan last year. I loved her contagious smile and many laughs we had. I loved her personality. I grew up in LaFarge, so she loved hearing about everything happening and the people we both knew. We both were dog lovers and she loved showing me her pictures. Such a sweetheart she was. Jan will be missed dearly🙏🏻

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