Janice M. Nattila, age 74, of Beaver Dam, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam.
There will be a memorial gathering at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 18, 2023, there will be a memorial gathering at St. Katharine Drexel Church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Will Arnold officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Peter Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
The former Janice Marie Kastenmeier was born on January 20, 1949 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Joseph C. and Marcella (Hammer) Kastenmeier. Upon completion of her grade schooling at St Peters Catholic School she graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1967.
Her high school years included cheerleading, madrigals, editing the yearbook, being chosen as Homecoming and Prom Queens and graduating Salutatorian. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting with high honors from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She worked several years in the accounting field before focusing on homemaking and volunteering. Jan enjoyed golf, camping, swimming, volleyball, baking, walking, knitting, travel with her husband, but most especially weekend trips to the lake house. Celebrating the 4th of July was always a large and joyous family affair at the lake. After residing in Waukesha with her husband for 30 years, Jan and her husband moved back to Beaver Dam in 2012 where she enjoyed volunteering at the Dodge County Food Pantry, Hillside Manor, and the Watermark. She was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church where she was active with the Catholic Women and helped with funeral luncheons.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband, Richard Nattila; her mother, Marcella Kastenmeier of Beaver Dam; seven brothers and sisters, Sandra Key of Beaver Dam, Charles Kastenmeier of Beaver Dam, Deb (Tom) Gricius of Beaver Dam, Keith (Shelly) Kastenmeier of Blaine, MN, Donna (Jim) Rochwite of Beaver Dam, Joe (Deana) Kastenmeier of DeForest, and Karen (Curt) Frazier of Appleton; a sister-in-law, Linda Mikkola of Ashby, MA, and three brothers-in-law, Charles Nattila of New Boston, NH, David (Ellen) Nattila of Portland CT, and Steven (Robyn) Nattila of Fitzwilliam, NH; plus numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her father; two brothers-in-law, Gary Key and Lee Mikkola; and a great niece, Briana Konitzer.
If desired, memorials may be made in Janice M. Nattila’s name to Dodge County Food Pantry or St. Vincent DePaul of Dodge County.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Hillside Manor for the wonderful and compassionate care they provided Janice.