Janet “Jan” Vandenack

July 31, 1941
August 29, 2021

Janet (DeQuaine) Vandenack, more affectionately known as Grandma Jan, 80, passed away at her home of 55 years on Sunday, August 29, 2021, after a short battle with cancer.  She was born July 31, 1941, to Jule “Shorty” and Marie (Hendricks) DeQuaine.  She attended SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph Academy High School. 

Janet met Dale Vandenack while they were in elementary school.  They had a large group of friends who stayed together throughout their school years and beyond.  Jan and Dale started dating when they were sophomores and were married on September 10, 1960, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.  The couple had two children, Julie and Randall.

Jan worked at Dehn’s Ice Cream in high school.  After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper at WG&R, later at Diana Manufacturing Credit Union which became Green Bay Credit Union.  Grandma Jan retired to begin her second career of caring for her grandchildren, and later those who became “grandchildren”.  Hol’n One Donut Shop at Port Plaza Mall became a family endeavor, with Jan, Dale, Julie and Randy all working at the restaurant, as well as other extended family and friends.

Jan was an avid bowler, joining a couple’s league in 1961.  She was a junior bowling coach and taught her children and grandchildren to love the game.  She and Dale enjoyed traveling around the country for tournaments.  Other trips included Colorado, and most recently, Island Resort and Casino.  Jan also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, and bunco for the past 15 years. 

Jan was a lifelong Packers fan, attending all home games from the 1960’s on.  Those in section 129 will recognize her as the woman who never wore appropriate headwear to cold weather games. 

Jan was passionate about dogs.  Augie, Macon, Nugget, Ryder, and several grand-dogs were lucky recipients of treats, walks, cuddles and Christmas presents. 

In July of 2001, Dale had a bad fall which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.  Jan lovingly became Dale’s caregiver, keeping him at home until he preceded her in death on May 1, 2020. 

Jan is survived by her daughter, Julie Fiest, Howard; and her children, Cody (Lauren Frye) Fiest and Courtney (Matthew) Poirier; her son Randy (Dana) Vandenack, De Pere; and his children, Drew (Katie Lowery) Vandenack, Allison (Jordan) Haltaufderheid, and Brett (special friend Hannah Rohlinger) Vandenack;  two great-grandchildren, Adam and Bailey Poirier; two sisters, Joanie (Bill) McGraw and Jeanne Moore; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Janice) and David Vandenack; and special “grandchildren” Griffin and Haleigh. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Shorty and Marie DeQuaine, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cyril and Serena Vandenack; aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Patrick Beno officiating.  Burial will be in Nicolet Memorial Gardens.  Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family.  To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com.

Jan’s children extend a special thank you to Unity Hospice, especially her nurses Gina and Ashley.  Their care allowed her to remain comfortably in her home with dignity until God called her to her heavenly home.