Janet M. Kniesche


Janet M. Kniesche, 88, of Wayne, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023 at her home at Kinship Pointe in Wayne.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to Our Savior Lutheran Church Building Fund, Greenwood Cemetery Association or Dementia Research Foundation.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Janet Marilyn (Larson) Kniesche was born amidst a snowstorm on Dec. 6, 1934 near Wayne. She grew up on her parents farm, Harvey Neils and Emelia Louise (Frevert) Larson, along with her sister Mardell.  Janet met her life partner, Victor L. Kniesche, at a neighbor’s event.  She attended District 8 for grade school, Wayne High School and Wayne State College for two years.  During college she worked for the library in the film department. After college, Janet worked for the County Treasurer’s office for two years. She married Victor on Aug. 29, 1954.  To this union, three children were born; Ranee (Lewis May), Rhonda (Jack Warner) and Vince (Vicki Archer). They farmed and operated a dairy southwest of Wayne for over 50 years, working together side by side. Janet worked as a teller for the First National Bank for 21 years.  

Janet and Victor enjoyed traveling and took trips, including California, Texas, Alaska and the Bahamas. Janet loved company and whoever showed up at her doorstep was welcomed with pie, ice cream and coffee. Janet enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Victor; children, Ranee (Lewis) May, Rhonda (Jack) Warner and Vince (Vicki) Kniesche; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one niece and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Emilia Larson; parents-in-law, Victor O. and Lydia Kniesche; sister, Mardell Ellis; brothers-in-law, Warren Ellis  and Gerald Kniesche.