Jean Kienitz

Jean Catherine Kasten was born in Waterloo on Jan. 3, 1928, to Herb Kasten and Emeline Doepke Kasten. The Kastens and Doepkes were one of the first Europeans to establish farms in Waterloo. Jean was so proud of this heritage and of her mom and dad.

She married Frank Kienitz, an enlisted U.S. Navy man, on May 21, 1949, in West Allis. They were married for 35 years.

Her beloved siblings, Doris Welsh and brother, Russel Kasten, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Richie Kienitz; daughter, Cindy Kienitz and grandchildren, Nick and Matt Kienitz.

"Jeanie" was full of joy with a quick sense of humor. She loved dancing well into her 80s. She was a fun and dedicated mother and grandmother. She spoke up for women's rights. She was a realtor, had a dance and baton school and was director of religious education.

She died peacefully in Juneau on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the age of 91.

We miss you and have only joyful memories of you!

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Hafemeister Funeral Home & Cremation Service

611 E. Main St. Watertown