Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Karl Walther officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home and at the church on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Janet Lee Fredrick was born on September 25, 1937, in Watertown, the daughter of Walter and Doris (nee Radke) Fredrick. She attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Grade School. Janet was a 1955 graduate of Watertown High School. Janet married Richard L. Wiedenfeld in 1956 and the couple had three children. On Feb. 4, 1989, she married Paul Branish who preceded her in death in 2002. She was employed in the Jefferson County Clerk of Court’s Office for 32 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Watertown Unified School District. Janet was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, where she was baptized, confirmed and married to Paul.
Janet will be remembered for her infectious laughter, sense of humor and smile. She was hostess to numerous parties over the years including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and parties simply for the fun of it. She sponsored legendary Fourth of July parties to watch the parade for more than 15 years when she lived behind the old Speedway Gas Station on Main Street. For years Janet bowled in various leagues in Watertown and had great stories to tell about good times had at the state bowling tournaments. A woman with many friends, she enjoyed the weekly ritual of Friday night fish fries at places like the Feed Bag, Sharp Corner and Eastgate Inn and then heading to the Out of Towner for dancing. Janet enjoyed attending country music concerts and traveling north for summer vacations in St. Germain. She loved baseball and followed the Brewer’s religiously. Her greatest joy in life was socializing and spending time with her family and friends.
Janet is survived by children, Daniel (Janet) Wiedenfeld of Appleton; Pamela (David) Seelman of Deerfield; daughter-in-law Connie Wiedenfeld of Watertown; two grandchildren, Dawn Wiedenfeld of Watertown and Logan Wiedenfeld of Appleton; three stepsons, David (Amy) Branish of Poynette, Daryl (Patty) Branish of Texas and Deon (Kathy) Branish of Nebraska; five stepdaughters, Donna (Richard) Simdon of Cambridge, Debbie (Jon) Sellnow of Pardeeville, Darlene (Steve) Fehrman of Watertown, Darla (Lloyd) Callies of Texas and Dea (Scott) Bernstein of Texas; 20 step grandchildren, 22 step great grandchildren and one step great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Doris; husband Paul Branish; son Thomas Wiedenfeld; and a sister Donna Mae Scheer. Janet was the last member of her immediate family.