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Obituary for Janet L. Riniker

Janet L. Riniker
Janet Lorraine Riniker, 79, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Saturday, January 29, 2011, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
She was born April 19, 1931, in Viroqua, Wis., to Adolph and Myrtle (Gilbertson) Fortner. As a child, Janet lived on a farm near De Soto, Wis., and she loved to ride her horse, Tarzan and play with her dog, Spike. These memories she cherished all her life. In 1947, she graduated from Central High School in La Crosse, at the young age of 15. Upon her graduation, she worked in the bookkeeping department at State Bank in La Crosse. In March of 1950, she met the love of her life, Robert C. Riniker and they were united in marriage November 4, 1950, at St. James The Less Catholic Church in La Crosse. Together they shared 60 years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, Robert S., Susan, and John. Janet devoted her life to caring for her children and her husband.  Janet worked as the supervisor of the records department at Trane Company in La Crosse until her retirement in 1976.  Janet, her husband, and their children looked forward to their yearly summer trips to Daytona Beach, Fla., where she enjoyed taking long walks on the beach. She and Bob also enjoyed traveling on their Harley through the Rocky Mountains, she especially enjoyed the trip they took to Sturgis. Janet's family was extremely important to her and she was the happiest when she could spend time with them, especially her grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, and Jessica, and her great-grandson, Mason. She never got over the death of her 10 year old granddaughter, Jessica.  Janet was a people person who was quick to make friends, even with strangers. She was someone her friends confided in knowing she could truly keep a secret. Janet spent much of her time doing community service, teaching religion to challenged children, and distributing food to the poor. She loved dancing, horses, traveling, and meeting new people. Janet was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan who enjoyed watching the games on TV and also taking trips to Green Bay to watch them play. She suffered with Alzheimer's disease for seven years, her mother also passed away from this disease. It robbed them both of years of happiness. Janet was not afraid of death, as her faith was very strong.
Survivors include her husband, Robert C.; three children, Robert S. Riniker of La Crosse, and Susan (Dennis) Dickover and John S. Riniker (Genevie Resendez), both of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Justin (Chantal) and Taylor; one great-grandson, Mason; and many other loving relatives from the Fortner, Riniker, and Gilbertson families, whom Janet was so very blessed to have in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, LaVerne Fortner; her granddaughter, Jessica; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Emma Riniker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February, 2, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse. Father Douglas Robertson will officiate. There will be no burial. Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse, on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and also at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be used for charitable purposes. Online condolences may be sent at
The family would like to give a special thank you to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse and their staff for the wonderful care and support.
We thank you for your love and the many years of happy memories you have given us. We know you will be watching over us, preparing the way for our joyful reunion. God will be very pleased with your life. God bless you always. You have left us with enough hugs and kisses to last us until we meet again..."