Janet Lynn Stringer, 66, of the Town of Egg Harbor (Sturgeon Bay), WI, passed away peacefully with her family at her side late Thursday morning, August 12, 2021. Jan fought a meningioma brain tumor for six-and-a-half years. She did everything they asked, but in the end, she lost the battle.
Jan was born October 30, 1954 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of the late Paul J. and LaVonne M. (Michelson) Cascio. Jan graduated in 1972 from Jefferson High School in Rockford. She met her loving husband, Steve, that summer and their love blossomed like the first yellow flower of spring. They were married on July 6, 1974.
She earned her RN degree from Kishwaushee College in Malta, IL. Jan worked at Swedish American Hospital 10 East and then in the Operating Room for 20 years. She then moved to Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1995 and remained there for 18 years until her retirement in 2013.
The centerpiece of Jan’s life was her faith. She lived the verse “Love your neighbor as yourself.” through her work at Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, St. Mark’s outreach committee, and her two weeks on Mercy Ships. She cherished every opportunity to serve others, but none as much as her time with Mercy Ships; where she was able to combine her love of helping people, her nursing career, and her faith as she served communities in West Africa.
Jan took pride, pleasure, and comfort in exercise, her family, and the outdoors. She was an avid runner and swimmer, leading her to compete in many 5K races, a half marathon, and the Door Country Triathlon. She thoroughly enjoyed her “Fit for Life” class at Peak Sports Club in Rockford, IL. She had a love for nature and could regularly be found sailing, watching and feeding birds, or camping with family and friends.
Jan’s love will live on in the hearts of her husband, Steve, with whom she was blessed with over 47 years of marriage; two children, Sarah Stringer of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Andrew Stringer (Kristin Kempson) of Golden, CO; four siblings, Paul (Bev) Cascio of Edgewood, WA, Mary Cascio of Pooler, GA, Shirley (Jack) Handley of Woodinville, WA, and Steve (Ava) Cascio of Freeport, IL; sisters-in-law, Ann Stringer of Dublin, OH and Becky (Ben Kitchen) Stringer of Columbus, OH; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Her life will be honored with a funeral service held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 202, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jan’s name to: Mercy Ships (https://donate.mercyships.org) or the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois [for the Jan Stringer Scholarship Endowment] (www.cfnil.org).
Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the medical staffs at UW Health and Unity Hospice for their care given to Jan.
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay, WI are assisting the Stringer family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jan may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.