Louis Jansma

Date of Death: Feb 25, 2021
Louis Jansma

1931 - 2021

Louis “Louie” Jansma, 89, of Waupun, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Waupun at his home. He now resides in Heaven because of his strong faith and belief in Jesus, his Lord and Savior.

Louis was born October 4, 1931 in the Netherlands, the son of Cornelius and Jessie Wierenga Jansma. In 1947 the family moved to the USA after surviving World War II. On March 6, 1953 Louis married Gladys Hopp, and they would have celebrated 68 years of marriage in another week. Louie served in the U.S. Army, for the 9th U.S. Infantry Division in Germany for 2 years during the Korean War. He worked at Carnation/Silgan Containers for 35+ years as a can inspector. Louis was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church, and served as a deacon, elder, and taught Sunday School. Louie enjoyed being an amateur “ham” radio operator with the call letters of K9ZPT. He was a co-founder of the Millpond RC Sailing Club and enjoyed sailing his several RC sail-boats with the other members of the club. Louie especially loved his wife and family, and attended his children and grandchildren’s sporting, fine arts, and school activities. Family was very important to him.

Louis is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys; two sons: Keith (Cheri) Jansma of Waupun and Jeffrey (Renee) Jansma of Lilburn, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Kyle (Katie) Jansma, Paul Jansma, Bethany (Russ) Bahr, Kevin Jansma, Jillian (Andy) Terrell, Joshua Jansma, and Presley Jansma; four great-grandchildren: Shaun, Jaxon and Emberlyn Bahr, and Shayna Zollman; three brothers: Garret (Marcia) Jansma, Norman (Shirley) Jansma, and Wilbert (Carol) Jansma; a sister-in-law, Catherine Jansma; along with several nieces and nephews.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charley Jansma; and an infant brother.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Louie Jansma will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Pastors Mike Giebink and Jessica Oosterhouse officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Please follow current COVID-19 guidelines with mask wearing and social distancing.

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  1. Donna Kahl Says: February 26, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry to hear of Louies death. May you feel Gods loving arms surrounding you and supporting you.

  2. Ron Novitske Says: March 1, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Sorry to hear of your brother’s passing Willy.

  3. Sue Eager Says: March 1, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Gladys and family,
    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Loretta Froehlich Says: March 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Gladys and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mom and Dad are just not up to attending Louie’s funeral. Know that we are all thinking of you in your loss. Mom will call you soon. Loretta

  5. Ralph Sutera Says: March 1, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I wish to express my condolences to the entire Louie Jansma family. Words are often inadequate when seeking to be a comfort to those who suddenly lose a loved one, but it is great that trust in God’s knowing what is best is where it really is.

    Our times of fellowship in the past with both Louie and Gladys have been a delight, and Esther and I cherished memories of those times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, asking God for His special “comforting” and “strengthening” grace to be with every member of the family.

    As the “other” Grandfather to Joshua and Jillian, I know how much they loved and enjoyed being with their “Wisconsin Grandpa.”

    Though we sorrow the human loss of one dearly loved, it is a comforting reminder to know that he is “more alive now than ever,” being in the presence of the One he loved and served, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And it serves us all an important reminder that life is uncertain with this as our time to prepare to meet our Creator.

    May thoughts are with the family, even during the funeral service time.

  6. Caroline Gilmore Says: March 2, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Sorry For for your loss.
    God be with you in this time of sorrow.

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