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  • Memorial Visitation
    • Thursday, January 27th from 1-3pm at Heritage Funeral Homes (4800 S. 84th Street Greenfield)


Janet Helen Konetzki died peacefully on January 15th, 2022, at the age of 82.  She was born on November 18th, 1939, to John and Helen Gergely in East Chicago, IN.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer (husband Rob and children Sydney and Tyler), son Jeff (wife Julia and children AJ and Jeffrey), daughter Debbie (husband Mike and children Mason and Tanner), her brother Bob (wife Susan).

In her past, Janet was the President of the Junior Women’s Club in Wauwatosa and was an active member of St. Matthew’s church.  She served as the President of the Council and enjoyed reading groups at the church.  She loved playing tennis, hanging out with the Martini group, socializing with her breakfast club. Her family was her main love and having all her grandchildren around.  She enjoyed watching James Bond, Godzilla, Star Trek movies and Turner Classic Movie channel was on a constant stream at her apartment.

What we want Janet to be most remembered by is her kindness and her generosity. Her friendships are decades long and strong.  Her love for her family and grandchildren (and her pets and grand pets) was her strength and what made her the proudest. Her stubborn Hungarian side was what made her a survivor of breast cancer.  A stroke that she suffered 17 years ago may have slowed her down, but it did not stop her from being as independent as she could.

Janet should not be remembered with sadness but rather with laughter and smiles and sharing wonderful stories. Her family will miss her, but we are comforted by the fact that she is with her parents and all the loving people that she had lost in the past and especially all the pets that she had lost, and we lost because they will now be spoiled by her presence.  We are relieved that her suffering and her battle with her health is done, and she can rest in peace and without pain. She still lives on with our stories and with our traditions and none of us will be without a smile when we think of her.  We all carry a piece of her with us each day and we know that she will be around us.  So, please laugh with us and share a story or two with us because that is what she would want.  Also, have an extra cocktail for her during cocktail hour, she would really enjoy that.

We will be having a memorial for her on January 27th from 1pm -3pm at the Heritage Funeral Home in Greenfield, WI.  In lieu of flowers, Janet would love a contribution to the American Cancer Society.  It was a battle that she fought and won, and she would want that for others.


  1. Amy Treis January 19, 2022 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Sweet and lovely Janet. My best friend for life is her daughter Debbie, and I always called Janet by my nickname for her, “Liz,” because she looked exactly like Liz Taylor, in my opinion. I mean, come on, look at those blue eyes! She was a precious 2nd mom to me as I grew up with Debbie and I will hold the memory of her in my mind and heart forever. Love to all the Konetzki’s.

  2. Gloria Potter January 19, 2022 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Dear family of Janet, I did not know Janet personally, however I heard many stories of what an amazing woman she was. I have been sending cards to her for the past two years to let her know that her St. Matthew’s family cared for her and remembered her in our prayers. After reading this most beautiful and thoughtful obituary, I couldn’t help but wish we had met in person and she could have shared some of her stories with me. I was privileged in some small way to contribute to her life these past two years. Thank you for that gift.


  3. Jules January 19, 2022 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    From the day I became a Konetzki I was treated like a real daughter, and for years the words” in- law” were crossed out on so many cards, mom’s way of telling me how much I meant to her. I lost my parents over 17 years ago and almost lost Mom K to her stroke around this same time. I will be forever grateful for the gift of her survival, strength, and love over these years. I will miss her wonderful humor, watching chick flicks together, our private jokes, and just hanging out. U-Turns, Chickens, Cardinals and Polar Bears will always remind me of Mom. I’ll keep making the family favorite recipes she gave to me, especially the Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage which will always have one extra pinch of pepper in her honor.

  4. Holly Jurss January 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    We have fond memories of playing in the St. Matthew’s bridge group with Jan and Al. They always whooped us!

  5. Maura McMahon January 25, 2022 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Such a perfect picture of Mrs. K. ! She was so much more to me than just my friend Jen’s mom. From Girl Scouts to sleep overs to Jen and my experiments in cooking (that nearly wrecked the kitchen) she was a constant encouraging presence from childhood until now. As I grew older I came to appreciate her dry sense of humor as well as her warmth and kindness.

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