Virginia Rose Janda went home to Jesus on May 7, 2022, at the age of 96. She was born to the late Michael “Dewey” and Genevieve (Cavanaugh) Elfner on September 7, 1925, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Virginia and her husband Harold owned the Tisch Mills Grocery Store from 1960 to 1966. They moved to De Pere in 1966, and subsequently moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1977. In 1996, they returned to Green Bay to be close to family and friends. Memories of Virginia include many games of Sheepshead, baking for her family, weekends at Clark Lake and her famous trout boils.
Virginia was a devout Catholic and demonstrated a Christian life. She was passionate about sharing the love of the Lord with others and wrote hundreds of essays and poems about Jesus. Her love of Jesus inspired those writings and how faith can help us all cope with life’s challenges and appreciate the blessings we have. She truly practiced what she preached and always saw the good in others. Now that Virginia has passed into the arms of our Lord, we should remind ourselves that while this is the end of Virginia’s physical life on Earth, it’s the beginning of an eternal and beautiful journey for Virginia.
Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Harold Janda, the dear mother of Lois Janda of Green Bay, Larry Janda (Jane) of De Pere, Janice Hasenjager (Dan) of Green Bay, Sharon Beuris (Greg) of Cary, North Carolina, and the late Marilyn Cover of Manitowoc. She was the sister-in-law of Katie Janda; and a fond grandmother of 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to being preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and daughter Marilyn, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Chuck Schroeder; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Janet Derenne; brother-in-law, Daniel Janda; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Emily (Cherney) Janda; and great-grandchild, Chloe Spice.
Friends may call at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Road, on Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery (formerly known as Saint Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church Cemetery), Tisch Mills. On-line condolences may be given at www.prokowall.com. To view livestream please go the Prince of Peace Facebook page and enter popgb54311.
The family would like to thank Unity Hospice for their care of Virginia in her last days. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Unity Hospice.