Janet ‘Janice’ Ferguson / McCann

October 21, 1929 - July 29, 2022

Janet “Janice” J. (Fillner) Ferguson/McCann passed away on July 29, 2022.

Janet J MccannOur beautiful mother was born October 21, 1929, to Arthur and Grace (Webb) Fillner and attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary and Aquinas High School. She married Donald Ferguson on November 15, 1947, and they had five children, daughters Debra (Gary) Heyroth, Christine (Joseph) Bolwahn, Cindy (Rick) Wall and Laura (Scott) Rustad and son, Steven Ferguson; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. After Don’s passing in 1982, she married Jerome McCann on June 23, 1984, and gained five more children, Michael (Donna) McCann, Bill McCann, Paul (Kim) McCann, Linda (Jeff) Pischke and Jim (Joanne) McCann; 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren

She was a wonderful mom, talented artist, seamstress, baker and gardener. Her paintings graced her house for all these years. She sewed many dresses, outfits, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and even sewed some of the Blue Star Color Guard cummerbunds before they became a drum corps. She also did some seamstress work for Joan Engh, who became Miss Wisconsin. Later she helped her father and mother in-law (Richard and Christina Ferguson) at their C & R Catering Business. She then found employment at a small bakery on Market Street, until she got a job at St. Francis Hospital and worked in the kitchen for 18 years. She loved bowling, and in 1976 joined a league with her sisters and played up until the time she turned 90. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW and enjoyed playing cards with the ladies at the American Legion. Her baked goods were shared with the family, and she made the best apple pie slices we ever tasted. When a need arose for a parishioner to be driven to church, she volunteered and drove Agatha to Blessed Sacrament every Sunday. Most of all she loved her beautiful flower gardens and woe to any weed that dared to grow in her garden or yard. A life well lived.

She is survived by her children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister, Doris (Jim) Melcher; sister-in-law, Mary (Joe) Wakeen, and brother-in-law Patrick (Rose) Ferguson

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald Ferguson and husband Jerome McCann; granddaughter, Jennifer Rustad; great-granddaughter, McKenna Verse; stepson, Michael McCann; sisters, Veronica (Gunther) Gerske and Beatrice (Frances) DeFlorian; brother, Henry (Patricia) Fillner; sister-in-law, Juanita (Ken) Borchert; sister-in-law, Janice (Spencer) Johnson; brother-in-law, Roger (Patricia) Ferguson; sister-in-law, Jeanette (Albert) McRoberts, and  brothers in-law, Robert McCann and John (Mary) McCann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will beat 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 130 Losey Blvd. S. in La Crosse. Fr. Billy Dodge will officiate. Burial will follow in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to especially thank Mayo Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Janet. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mayo Hospice.