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Janet Burns

June 10, 1930 — October 4, 2020

Janet E. Burns, age 90, of Wausau died on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Janet was born on June 10, 1930 in the Town of Maine to the late Otto and Alma (Radtke) Imm.  She married James Burns on November 8, 1954 in Waukegan, Illinois.  Together they had 6 wonderful children.

Growing up with immigrant parents and working on the farm, Janet learned what hard work was from a young age.  She was employed as a bartender at the VFW but also worked hard at raising her family as well as being a caretaker to several aging family members.  Janet had a witty sense of humor and would often joke about playing the “old lady card.”  She enjoyed the slot machines at the NorthStar Casino and always looked forward to her and James’ twice-yearly trips to Las Vegas.  She will be remembered as a wonderful woman of God who loved her family unconditionally.

Janet was joined in heaven by her husband, James; son Thomas; and her late brothers and sister.

Janet is survived by her children Linda Moreland, Michael Burns, Robert (Colleen) Burns, Patrick (Leslie) Burns, and Lori (Scott) Siejkowski; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; brothers Otto (Lenore) Imm Jr. and Charles Imm; and sister-in-law Catherine Kickbusch, her entire network of loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau.  The Rev. Timothy Smith will officiate.  Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Friday.

Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be given at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.

The family would like to thank Janet’s former neighbors, Dan and Theresa Mills, for their love and care of Janet.  An immense thank you to all of the caring doctors, nurses and attendant staff, all of whom risk so much, especially Hannah and our angelic nurse, Sheila Oestreich.

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