Janet Jean Volant was born on July 13, 1940 in Watertown, the daughter of Eugene and Esther (Dettmers) Volant. She attended school in Watertown and was a 1958 graduate of the Watertown High School. On August 29, 1959 she married Gerald Knope at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. Jan was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She volunteered for many years as a teacher’s assistant at St. John’s Pre-School. Jan loved spending time with her family.
Jan is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Watertown; two children, Jonathan (Amy Steinbrink) Knope of Watertown and Meredith (Jon) Tollefson of Janesville; three grandchildren, Jacob Knope Fronk, Jordan Knope and Jami Knope, three step-grandchildren, Maisie Steinbrink, Kendall Uecke and Carson Uecke; a sister, Nan (Richard) Schroeder of Watertown, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jan was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Michael J. Knope.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Rodney Warnecke officiating. Burial will be at the Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to St. John’s Lutheran School or to the charity of one’s choice. The Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown are serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice and especially Angie Zastrow for the wonderful care that Jan received.