Alaina E. Janssen, 11, Mayville, passed away peacefully with family at her side Dec 29, 2017, at her home after a courageous 3½ year battle with cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville at noon with the Rev. Tom Biersack presiding. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the church and also Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at noon at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Mayville.
Alaina was born the daughter of Rod W. and Jessica L. (Ernst) Janssen on Jan. 21, 2006, in West Bend.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Alaina had a big heart and was always concerned about others around her. She lived every second of life with joy and excitement. She found something to look forward to each day. She loved spending time with her family, cousins and friends. She loved animals, especially her dog, Pluto. She was very artistic and loved to make things for others whether it something she sewed, drew, painted or crafted. She acquired a passion for sewing from her grandma and learned to make doll clothes, quilts, curtains and Christmas gifts for everyone in her family. Her many interests included dancing ballet, swimming, the outdoors, flowers and gardening. She was a big Harry Potter fan. She had a huge collection of stuffed animals. Her motto, “Always have a stuffy and you’ll feel better.” And she did. Her bright blue eyes sparkled and she always had a smile. She loved family more than anything else in the world. She wished everyone could have the love she was surrounded by every day. “The only reason I’m doing so good is because I have all of you around me loving me all the time. I couldn’t do this alone.”
Alaina is survived by her parents, Rod and Jessica Janssen of Mayville; her siblings, Emily, Erik, Ethan and Adam, also of Mayville; her grandparents, John A. (Grace) Janssen of Plymouth and Gary (Darlene) Ernst of Harrah, Oklahoma; her uncles and aunts, John M. Janssen of Crivitz, Kris Janssen of Plymouth, Tony Mischo of Plymouth, Jayson (Vicki) Ernst of Mustang, Oklahoma, Jarrett (Maria Schmitt) Ernst of Wauwatosa and Josh (Tabitha) Ernst of Harrah, Oklahoma. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her cousin, Scott Willis.
Alaina touched the lives of so many people. The family thanks God for the precious gift of Alaina and thank you to everyone including family, friends, clergy, doctors and nurses, and all those who through their unending prayers, thoughts and love have participated in her life journey.
Memorials in memory of Alaina may be directed to the MACC Fund, the Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Alaina’s CaringBridge site can be viewed at www.caringbridge.org/alainajanssen.
Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services are serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.