Jane L. Marinelli

My sister Jane would never fly in an airplane.  Jane and her husband Joe would drive on extensive vacations, but she would never fly.  About five years before her death, she was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  I flew her fiancÚ, Tom Elkins, up there in my private plane to visit her.  Her orthopedic surgeon happened to also be a pilot, and he convinced Jane to fly back to Kenosha with me to avoid the long drive.  She was hooked!  She then flew to my house in Florida several times and to Arizona.


Jane Marinelli, 50, died March 2, 1995 at Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center.

Born August 1, 1944 in Kenosha, she was the daughter of Harry and Louise (Bielewicz) Hansen.

In 1970, she married Joseph D. Marinelli.  He died November 29, 1987.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a volunteer at St. James Manor.

Surviving are a son, Daniel J. Marinelli, Seabrook, MD; two daughters, Michele Rooney, Racine, and Jill Wunder, Kenosha; her companion, Tom Elkins, Kenosha; her mother, Louise Widmar, Kenosha; four brothers, Carl J. Widmar, Jr., Friendship, and Donald R. Hansen, Dennis J. Widmar and Thomas H. Hansen, all of Kenosha; three sisters, Marlene Schmaling and Barbara Gordon, both of Kenosha, and Toni M. Widmar, Racine; and four grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her father, Harry Hansen, and step-father, Carl. J. Widmar, Sr.