Janet C. Huebner

PORTAGE – Janet C. Huebner, age 85, of Portage, passed away peacefully at UW Hospital in Madison on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Janet was born on August 14, 1935, in Portage, WI, the daughter of Earl and Margaret (Fleming) Baird. She married Jim Huebner on September 17, 1960, and he preceded her in death on October 10, 2018.  Together, they had owned and operated Lads and Lassies Children’s Clothing Store in Portage, where she utilized her previous experience as an associate at Manchester’s Department Store in Madison, WI.  She so enjoyed clothing and people and was able to carry on her love for both operating Lads and Lassies.  She was a member of Caledonia Presbyterian Church.

Janet was grateful for every day, especially those with bright sunshine.  She loved her family and friends, and cherished phone calls to reminisce about fond memories such as holidays at her Mom’s, surrounded by her six brothers and sisters.  She delighted in taking the time to select just the perfect Hallmark card.  She wanted to make sure loved ones knew how much she cared. She also enjoyed shopping.  Whether it be Sisters’ Days from years past to more recent trips to Macy’s at Hilldale Mall to check out the latest selection of INC.  It was a bonus when those visits to Madison were accompanied by a breakfast at C’s.  She appreciated her time at home.  A perfect day included a warm bath, a warmer cup of tea, accompanied by something sweet, topped off by a read of the day’s paper and a Badgers basketball game. The week was complete with a Friday appointment at Salon 51 for a style and shampoo and a visit to Caledonia Church for communion and a rendition of Amazing Grace.

In 2018 she lost her beloved husband, Jim, and with it a lifestyle she had grown accustomed to and enjoyed very much, including those Saturday rides to local restaurants for lunch.  She was determined not to let his passing change her positive outlook.  The help of so many wonderful people made sure that was possible.  Those who helped make this possible know who you are and she was so thankful.  In recent years she was blessed with two wonderful granddaughters that brought her so much joy.  Pictures of the girls were priceless to her and those of you that she shared them with know just how much she loved them and they loved their Nu Nu.

While her passing is sad, we should all take great comfort that she enjoyed every day and was able to live in her home and do things on her terms. That was very important to her.  She also now is in a place where she can freely give hugs and kisses as she reunites with loved ones.

She is survived by her son, Matthew (Jessica) Huebner of Cedarburg; granddaughters, Margaret Huebner and Siena Huebner;  sisters, Peggy McDonald of Monona and Mary Pedersen of Las Vegas, NV;  two brothers-in-law, Dr Timothy (Pam) Huebner, of Wisconsin Rapids, and Dan (Marsha) Huebner, Portage, WI;  a sister-in-law, Ann (Pete) Creamer of Gustine, CA;  a special nephew, Tom Firari;  a special niece, Sandra Hutler;  very special friends, Laura Wentz and Carol Heisz; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, her brothers, Jim and John, and sisters, Elaine, Bonnie and Nancy. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at Caledonia Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will follow in Shanks Cemetery.  A reception and celebration of life will be on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family. 


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