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Janice M. Friske

October 9, 1958 — September 30, 2021

Janice M. Friske, 62, of Madison, WI passed away at home on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Jan was born in Rockford, IL on October 9, 1958, daughter of Robert F. and Zeita “Marie” (Roscoe) Friske. She graduated from Rockford West High School, Class of 1976. Jan then went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Illinois State University followed by her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Salem State University, Massachusetts. She devoted many dedicated years as a Special Education teacher in both Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Jan had a great love of the ocean and being near water. She also enjoyed books, movies, and music and was very talented in arts and crafts. For more than a decade, her beloved dog, Scout, meant the world to her and remained by her side in her final hours.

Surviving relatives include her 4 siblings, Catherine (Phil) Hinkel, Michael Friske, Philip (Susan) Friske, and Gregory Friske; nephews, Samuel and Noah Friske; Aunts and numerous cousins from Illinois and Minnesota; God-children, Christopher Bayshore and Emma Morse and many close friends from the Rockford area, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Jan is predeceased by her parents.

A Celebration of Jan’s Life for family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. located at the Roscoe VFW, 11385 2nd St. Roscoe, IL 61073. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association by visiting:

Arrangements entrusted to Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. Rockford, IL 61108. Share online memories and condolences at

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