Janet Ahler Obituary, Death – Sister Janet Ahler, CSA, formerly Sister Jean Vianney, died peacefully March 31, 2023, at Nazareth Centre, Fond du Lac, WI. Janet Rose was the first of five daughters born to dairy farmers Anthony Ahler and Evelyn Kornhoff Ahler in Burlington, WI, on October 30, 1932. The nine-year-old girls were lifelong pals. Janet went to Lyons’ St. Joseph’s Catholic Grade School and Burlington’s Immaculate Conception High School.
Janet was drawn to nursing and religion throughout high school. Janet met CSA through her parish pastor, a Brother of St. Agnes. She entered St. Agnes Convent in 1950 and professed her first vows as Sister Jean Vianney on August 15, 1953, in Fond du Lac, WI. Sister Jean Vianney obtained a nursing diploma from St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac, WI, a BSN from Marian College, and a Master of Nursing Education from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO.
Sister Janet received Healing Touch certification in 2005 in Darien, IL after returning to her baptismal name. Sister Janet worked as a nurse and lecturer in Kansas and Wisconsin hospitals, a missionary to Ecuador, and a nurse educator at Marian College in Fond du Lac from 1967-80 and 1982-86. Sister Janet was Apostolic Councillor for Sisters of St. Agnes in nursing and allied missions 1976–82. Sister Janet began mending the L’Arche community in Mobile, AL, inspired by Jean Vanier’s efforts.
She became Local Coordinator and Wellness Coordinator at Nazareth Court & Centre, the congregation’s retirement home, in Fond du Lac in 1998. Sister Janet returned to L’Arche in 2007 and retired to St. Agnes Motherhouse in 2015. Sister Janet carried the congregation’s dedication to anyone whose faith or dignity was threatened throughout her missions. She worked to heal people physically, spiritually, and mentally. She cared deeply. Sister Janet wrote death-row inmates for years.
She soothed the sick, anxious, and dying with her smile, touch, and presence. Sister Janet was admitted to Nazareth Centre in Fond du Lac on February 14, 2023, with terminal cancer. She received the loving care she gave others till her death. Her parents Anthony and Evelyn and brothers-in-law Clifford Clapp, John Koenen, Vincent Getka, and Alfons Broz predeceased Sister Janet. She is survived by her sisters Joyce Clapp, Julie Koenen, Jean Getka, Jackie Broz; various nieces, nephews, and their families;
And also, the Sisters of St. Agnes with whom she lived, prayed, and ministered. Cremation occurred. Nazareth Court and Centre, 375 Gillett Street, Fond du Lac, WI, will have visitation on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, from 9:00–11:00 a.m. Nazareth Centre Chapel will host an 11:00 a.m. Prayer Service on April 18, 2023. Visitation continues till 1:30 p.m. Father Carl Diederichs will preside over Sister Janet’s Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at St. Francis Home Chapel, 33 Everett Street, Fond du Lac, WI.