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Mary "Jan" Rakow

September 18, 1938 — June 2, 2023


Jan Rakow, 84, Weston passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, June 2, 2023 at Renaissance Assisted Living-Weston under the care of St Croix Hospice. 

She was born September 18, 1938 in Neenah, WI, the daughter of the late Jim & Lucy (Jedwabny) Ruthven. She graduated from Neenah High School in 1956 and went to work for Marathon Division of American Can. Jan worked at Marathon for eight years where she met her husband Bob (Rock) who survives. They were married on September 28, 1963 in Neenah. 

Jan and Bob lived in Neenah, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, and Weston, WI. They also enjoyed 23 winters in Destin FL. They have two sons, Kevin in Chicago and Jim in Bloomington, MN. She was a devoted mother and always put her family first. While Kevin and Jim were growing up she was active in their school activities and Cub Scouts being their Den Mother. She was also a devoted grandmother. 

Jan enjoyed anything daring.  While in high school she was one of two girls in the Midwest racing outboard boats. She finished 5th in total points in her class for two years and won a lot of trophies.  Later in life she enjoyed skiing, bowling, kayaking, swimming, gardening, camping, the outdoors and doing things with the family. 

Jan is survived by her husband Bob, Her two sons Kevin and Jim, her daughter-in -law Holly Rakow, two grandchildren Adam and Ally Rakow, brother and his wife Dick and Sally Ruthven in Neenah, sister-in law June Urbanek in Kearney, NE and 7 nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of life will be held later. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice and the staff at Renaissance Assisted Living-Weston for the care Jan received in her final days. 

In lieu of flowers or memorials please donate to your favorite charity. 

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