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Kathy Ann Janssen

January 20, 1959 January 3, 2014
Kathy Ann Janssen
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Obituary for Kathy Ann Janssen

Kathy Ann Janssen (Passfield), after fighting a courageous two year battle with her second diagnosis of breast cancer, passed away on January 3, 2014 at the young age of 54.

The loving wife of 32 years to Mark Janssen and loving, caring mother to their four sons, Kristopher (Jenny), Brandon, Justin and Taylor. Beautiful daughter of Nancy Passfield and the late Jack Passfield, and loving sister to Sherry (Mark) Burns. Kathy also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews and many friends and family who love her dearly. The impact Kathy made on her family, friends, the community, and all those who knew her is much too large to express in a short tribute.

She was a loving, devoted wife and a nurturing supportive mother who had a strong family value and commitment. Kathy was a warm caring friend to so many. She always found the best in every person and situation. As a graduate of the University of Michigan School of business she was an avid supporter and fan, rarely missing a game or opportunity to show her maize and blue pride. Kathy served the community and was always giving her time and services to volunteer. For many years she served the Lakeland Schools, United States Ski Association, and her son�s soccer, ski, and baseball teams along with various local charities. She was a successful, intelligent business owner whose zest for life was unparalleled.

During the past two years, while fighting her second battle with breast cancer, Kathy used her humor, determination and love of life and family to accomplish more than most can in a lifetime. She never gave up. She fought, planned, and lived her life to the fullest until the very end. Traveling was a passion for Kathy. She was always planning a trip somewhere with her family or friends and often times with both. In between travel she enjoyed spending winter time in their home at Boyne Mountain, skiing and entertaining as many that would come to visit. In the summers, at their lake house in Port Sanilac, once again hosting many friends, family and creating wonderful memories for her boys. Whether it was their family home in Commerce, Boyne or Port Sanilac, Kathy welcomed everyone in her homes and into her heart.

Kathy will be dearly missed, her smile and passion for life is imbedded Into the hearts of many.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford, on Wednesday, January 8, from 3-9PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic Street, Milford, on Thursday, January 9, at 11AM with Rev. Carol Johns officiating.

In memory of Kathy and to fulfill her expressed wishes, the family has set up the Kathy A. Janssen Foundation, 5360 Inverrary, Commerce Twp., MI 48382. The Foundation will provide financial assistance to causes that captivated Kathy during her life. Specifically, the Foundation will create a scholarship to advance secondary education opportunities at Lakeland High School, assist uninsured/under-insured cancer cancer patients with treatment costs, and fund cancer research and/or endowments at the University of Michigan.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645

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