Died: 9 May 2023
Janet R. Vanderplasse, 55 years, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, 9 May 2023. Janet was born on 15 September 1967 to Roger and Susan Seideman (nee. Kienast) in West Bend, Wisconsin. She spent most of her early life in West Bend working on the family farm, snowmobiling in the winters, and helping her grandma Clara with cooking and housework. She graduated from West Bend East high school in 1986. After high school, she excelled in many different areas of work. She was a massage therapist, certified nursing assistant, 911 dispatcher, and intake specialist – and this is just to name a few. When she wasn’t at work, Janet enjoyed spending time with family and friends – taking long car rides down the back roads with her girls, making trips ‘up north’, countless coffee dates, and spending hours upon hours catching up on the phone.
Janet had a heart of gold – many people who knew her would tell you that, “To know Janet was to love her.” She always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh. This laughter was contagious, and echoed across the room. She never turned someone in need away, and went the extra mile for everyone – regardless on if she had known them for five minutes or for her entire life.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents Roger and Susan, along with many other family members that she held close to her heart. She is also preceded in death by her loving friend, Kate Brees – a woman with whom she had missed dearly since her passing in 2017. She is survived by her loving husband Les Vanderplasse, two beautiful daughters Kaitlyn and Madeline Klein, and many other friends and family whose lives she had touched beyond measure.
Janet lived a life full of love and joy. She will be missed deeply by all those who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the GoFundMe that was set up in loving memory of Janet. Any donations raised will go towards helping the family pay off medical and funeral expenses. Excess funds will be donated directly to charities such as Pink Heals and the Ronald McDonald House – the family also plans on making donations in Janet’s name to further research on Immunotherapy trials and Colo-Rectal Cancer.
Janet’s visitation and funeral will be held on Friday, 19 May at Riverglen Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The visitation will begin at 11 am and will conclude at 3 pm, with the funeral service following a short time later. After the funeral, there will be a potluck luncheon in celebration of Janet’s life. We ask all who plan to attend to wear bright colors as Janet hated wearing black at funerals – funerals are not meant to be sad, rather, they are meant to be a grand celebration of life.
On behalf of the family, we also wanted to once again pass along our deepest gratitude and most heartfelt thanks for the support and outpouring of love we have experienced during this tough time. Your kindness and compassion does not go unnoticed, and we are so blessed to be able to call you all our family and friends.
Link to Luncheon Sign-Up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X3QKW8n0rODuSWrU6qBa-kI9oqN_pNFcqeEDISfOCG8/edit?usp=sharing
Janet is pictured in the 4th edition of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree Book on page 68 with the girl’s father Kevin Klein on their wedding day, on page 253 with her parents and with Kevin and their daughter Kaitlyn, and on page 429 working in the brat stand with her mother Susan Seideman at the Seidemann Reunion.
Janet is listed on page128 with her grandparents on her grandfather Ray Seideman’s side of the family, her parents, her spouses, and her daughter Kaitlyn (Madilyn was added to the tree after publication of the book) and all her aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also listed on page 339 with her grandparents on her grandmother Clara (Gerner) Seideman’s side of the family, her parents, her spouses, and her daughter Kaitlyn (Madilyn was added to the tree after publication of the book) and all her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Janet is a 6th generation descendant on both sides of the Seideman family and her genealogy lines are as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Henry, Raymund, Roger, and Janet// Friedrich, Johanna, Charles, Clara, Roger, and Janet.
Janet also served on the Friedrich & Rosina Seidemann Family Reunion Planning Committee for many years and was a name tag typist at the Seidemann Family Reunions. We will all miss her friendly laugh and the wonderful smile she greeted everyone with. Rest in Peace, Janet. You are loved by all.