Jan Krecklow Print
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:54

Jan Krecklow was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She had a great sense of humor and would laugh until tears came to her eyes. Strong willed, but modest and quiet. She, along with her two sisters, grew up on a resort her parents owned in northern Wisconsin. Here she acquired her great love of plants and nature, as well as her great love of books over the long winters.
Janet Judith Auman was born to Melvin and Sylvia McMullen Auman  in Manitowoc on Dec. 22, 1922, and passed away in Port Washington on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Like others of her generation, she came of age during World War II. Moving to California along with one of her sisters, she first worked at a gas station pumping rationed gas. After she and her sister lost, misplaced and mixed up enough gas caps, the owner explained being “gas jockeys” was not their calling. They ended up working in a defense plant until war's end.
During this time, Jan was offered a modeling job, which she quickly dismissed. She was not interested in trading on her looks. Being modest and shy, she was never tempted by the limelight. Instead, upon war's end, she moved back to Wisconsin.
In 1947 she married the father of her four children, James Williams.
She was a great Mom, and her artistic talents were showcased by a full-length mural of Cinderella she painted on her daughter’s wall.
She divorced after 16 years of marriage and moved to Port Washington with her children in 1964. She obtained a job as a secretary with Simplicity Manufacturing, where her skills were quickly recognized and she was promoted to an executive secretarial position until her retirement.
In Port Washington, she met Lou Krecklow and married him on Dec. 26, 1971, in Momence, Ill. She remained his wife until his death and lived in their residence until her passing, in her sleep, in her home, with her children in attendance.
Jan is survived by her children Greg (Linda) Williams, Wendy (Wayne) Karasch and Steve Williams, all of Port Washington, and Joy (Tom) Loos of Cedarburg. She is further survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Jan was a very charitable person who made many donations to a wide variety of causes, even doing so upon her death. She donated her body to Science Care, a national organization that utilizes the body in a variety of medical research and education projects.
There will be a private family memorial upon the return of her ashes.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lou Krecklow and sister Beverly Buretta.