Janet ‘Gram’ Patricia Kraschinsky

March 28, 1934 ‒ September 30, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Janet “Gram” Patricia Kraschinsky, age 82, of Marion, passed away at Kindred Nursing Home on September 30, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Janet was born on March 28, 1934 in Burlington (Milwaukee), the oldest of 8 children of George and Amanda (LaFleur) Memmel. She graduated from Messmer High School in Milwaukee in 1952 and married Theodore Kraschinsky in Milwaukee in 1955. Janet is survived by her five sons, affectionately referred to as “the boys” – John (Aimee) in San Jose, CA, Duff (Margie) in Marion; Jim (Julie) in Milwaukee, WI; Jerry (Marta) in Scottsdale, AZ; Jay (Jennifer Balliett) in Mt. Dora, FL; Grandchildren: Amanda Jones (Matt), Elizabeth Islam (Andrew) Erica Vertar (Jack), Alyssa Babauta (Felix), Justine (Mark Mehicic), Anthony (Morgan Roosa), Nikki, Zander, Zack, Jay, Yvette Espindola, Quinn Carothers, Christopher Carothers; 10 great-grandchildren; former spouse Ted (Linda); sister Judy (Dick), brothers Will (Jan), Tom (Sue), David as well as many friends. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Lois, Debbie and Caroline.

Janet and Ted moved their family to Marion, Ohio in 1965 and joined St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Her Catholic faith was the foundation for her loving, giving personality and dedication to serving others. As a devoted patron of St. Mary’s, Janet served as a lector and Eucharistic minister, participated in the Bible Study group and led the Neighborhood Soup Supper each month for 27 years.  Janet was also very involved in the Respect Life Committee which actively promotes renewed respect for human life as the responsibility of every Catholic and Young at Heart, which provides social activities including luncheons, trips, speakers, and great food for senior citizens.

Janet began the Endow Program at St. Mary’s as a facilitator. Endow is a global program on Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women that prepares study guides for small groups of women that helps them grow in knowledge of and love for their Catholic faith together.

Janet was instrumental in launching the Women of Grace Program at St. Mary’s, a Catholic apostolate whose mission is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.

Janet shined in her work as a dependable and compassionate home health care aide for 29 years and loved caring for people. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop and at the Marion Palace Theatre.

Above all, Janet delighted most in being with her family. Her grandchildren know well the joys of spending time at “Gram’s” including fun (and messy) arts and crafts, walks to The Jer-Zee for ice cream, long playground afternoons, staying up late with cheddar cheese popcorn in wooden bowls, lots of books at bedtime, and, most especially, morning pancake breakfasts. Janet was an amazing host for holidays always making sure that everyone felt welcome, had a gift under the tree and a stocking with their name on it, and, most importantly, enough homemade buckeyes and popcorn balls.

Janet loved her summers in Wisconsin with her family in the Northwoods and Sturgeon Bay in Door County. She always adored planning lovely family reunions (the most recent one was in August in Marion) and bringing together her sons and their families.

Janet cherished her local “family” of friends in Marion enjoying pot lucks, Senior Center activities and trips, exercise at the YMCA, typing email updates to her family and prayer group.

Third only to Janet’s Catholic faith and devotion to family and friends was her loyalty as a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Go Tribe!

Janet/Gram/Mom will be sadly missed by family and many friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Lodawala and his Staff, HomeInstead Senior Care, Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Marion General Hospital Staff and Kindred Hospice for all their loving care and support.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 pm Monday, October 3, 2016 at Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home, 347 W. Center St., Marion, with a Rosary prayer service at 4 pm. A 10 am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Thomas Buffer Tuesday, October 4, 2016 a St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Janet requested that donations be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church (memorial masses), the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org) or www.Endowgroups.org.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kraschinsky family.  Online memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I was fortunate to be able to visit Aunt Janet and my cousins in Marion a few summers in the late 70’s and then spend at least several days with her “up north” in Wisconsin almost every summer over the past 20+ years. She was a very special person and a great example of Christian living – loving, caring, selfless, empathetic and non-judgmental. When we’d see her each summer, first at Neptune’s on Columbus Lake, then later at Hiawatha in Eagle River, we always had a great time. She always made everyone feel welcome and comfortable, helping organize the annual picnic and participating in our group activities including water ski shows, shopping trips to Minocqua, going out to eat and boat rides (but no speed boats or jet skis for Aunt Janet). Our kids (Mickey & Carla) and grandkids (Alan, Samantha & Bellini) also were fortunate to know and love her from our annual trips. Up north will never be the same, but we are grateful for the great times we had together over many years. Rest in peace Aunt Janet. Love, Steve & Ana Ehlenbeck

    • Thanks Steve and Ana. Janet loved being part of your family trips to the Northwoods.

  • Dear Kraschinsky Family,

    We’d like to send our condolences today on the loss of Janet. We dearly loved her and we will surely miss her. She was such a compassionate, caring person that touched our lives. May we be comforted to know that she does not have to suffer any longer and is in the presence of the Lord today.

    With much love and sympathy,
    Rick and Kira Ehlenbeck; Matthew, Jenna and Trevor

  • Janet was a warm kind woman with whom I have many fond memories. Her faith in God and prayer made mine stronger. My deep sympathies to her family. She will be missed by many. Sue Hodges

  • Janet was a student of mine about 30+ years ago. She was a delight! Our paths have crossed a few times since and it was always great to hear what she was doing, how she carved a new path for herself in life and one that involved service–her forte. She clearly has touched the lives of many, including that of her family, which was a priority for her.
    What a role model for other women, a woman of courage and beauty inside and out. Great is her reward in heaven! She will be missed. My deepest sympathy.

  • John,

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this great loss. We send much love and prayers for the repose of Janet’s soul. May God’s abundant love bring peace to you all.

    Missy and Scott Rogers, Louisiana

  • To My Dearest Friends, The Kraschinsky’s:

    I remember fondly growing up in Marion and spending time “camping out” in the summers in the backyard of your house on Uhler. Your mom was always so kind and generous, especially at breakfast when we’d eat “garbage cans” full of cereal! I know that my mom appreciated Janet’s friendship during some of the more difficult parts of her life and always had kind things to say about your mom.
    Janet, or Mrs. Kraschinsky as I knew her, was a very special lady, who always treated me kindly and with respect in her soft-spoken manner. She will be missed, but knowing how strong her faith is, I think we all know where she is headed – that being a better place. Janet, please tell my mom that I said hi and that I love her. My love and respect to you, as well.
    May God bless the KRASCHINSKY family and may He provide comfort, solace and strength to you all during this time.

    Best Regards,

    Susan and Tim Shanahan

    • Tim and Susan
      Thank you for your kind words. Janet was a great Mom and everyone was very lucky to have her here for 82 years.

  • Duff and Margie:
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. May you be at peace in knowing that Janet is in the arms of our Lord.

  • I was so lucky to have had her in my life. She always kept my family in her prayers. She also made the best German potato salad and Buckeyes! I will be praying for you all that her smile and generous spirit will fill your hearts. Love you, Sarah

  • Although I left Marion 20 years ago I certainly remember times spent with Janet during Church meetings and events.She was always gracious and thoughtful.
    Please accept my sympathy for the loss of a very dear lady. I know she has been
    welcomed home to Heaven.

  • Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Janet. She had many friends as well as those she worked with and those that she helped along their way during her life time. I will not be able to attend wake/funeral as I am recovering from my second bicycle fall of this summer. My last fall resulted in head trauma and a fractured rib. The rib has just now stopped hurting when I cough or sneeze. The head trauma resulted in totaly forgetting the fall, as well as the parametics and ambulance ride to the hospital. Love to all of her full and wonderful family. May you each find Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Ephesians 2:8, 9. tom

  • Sadden to hear of your loss, prayers for all of you.
    Steve and Eileen Miller and Family

  • My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to your entire family. Your mother was a lovely, sweet and kind lady and a wonderful friend to my mom, Lois. I have great memories of your family visiting ours when we were younger. You all were very fortunate to have her as a mom! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

    • Thank you Joanne. We too remember going to your house for delicious spaghetti.

      And, yes, we were so fortunate to have such an unselfish and special Mom.

  • With Heartfelt sympathy to the Kraschinski and Memmel familes for the loss of mom, gram and Janet.

    Aunt Janet touched our hearts and life with her loving and giving spirit, her love of her family and friends, and her deep faith.

    My brothers and I were blessed to stay at Aunt Janet’s home in Marion the year Hank Aaron hit his record breaking (Babe Ruth) home run hit. The two of us “girls” were in her family room having popcorn as the timeless baseball moment happened. She made the night special and went out of her way to make me feel at home as the only 10 year old girl among 7 boys (including my brothers) in her home 🙂

    As the years passed, she was always special, giving and loving Aunt Janet. She loved sharing pictures and news of her “boys” and their families. She built s beautiful life in service and love to all.

    Peace be with you

    • Thank you Laurie. What a great story! Janet loved being with you and your family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Spending time with Janet truly was our pleasure.
    The Staff at Home Instead Senior Care

    • Angie/Rick: We so very much appreciate your help and those of each caregiver. You all were always so flexible and helpful. Mom remarked a number of times how wonderful everyone was and that she didn’t know what she would do without their help.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the passing of your mom and my sister, Janet.♥
    The video was great-it made md sad to watch it-a lot of good memories!!
    I am so thankful Dick and I were able to take the trip to Ohio to see Janet the weekend before she passed. We had a good time of sharing and reminiscing, even shared a laugh or two.
    Through the years I remember Janet was always so supportive of our family when we had a celebration for one of our kids, graduation, birthday, etc. She’d take the trip to Wisconsin and being the “homemaker” she was, I always valued her help when we’d plan the event.
    We had many fun times in Door County where we’d spend a week together at your cottage in Sturgeon Bay. Here she taught me to cross stitch -I still have my framed cross stitch of the Door County Peninsula.
    We also spent many fun vacations at our home in northern Wisconsin. We had our first (1994) family reunion at Lews Resort on Columbus Lake in Eagle River, Wi. and continued them there for years until the resort closed. Then we moved to the Hiawatha Resort on Duck Lake. I’m sure you all remember celebrating Janet’s 80th Birthday there. I know it meant a lot to Janet to have all her “boys” and their wives up in northern Wi. to celebrate her big day.
    Janet was a great sister. She always kept us imformed of her family news. I will miss our times of sharing but I am thankful for the great memories that I carry. I miss her already♥