Vernette Garecht

Vernette G. Garecht (Anheluk)

Sunday, June 1st, 1930 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Madison/Janesville - Vernette G. Garecht, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Madison after a long fight with dementia. She was born June 1, 1930, in Belfield, ND to the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Baranko) Anheluk. On April 22, 1950, Vernette married her one true love, Phillip J. Garecht in Belfield, ND. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1997.
Vernette started teaching in a one room schoolhouse in Montana before her and Phil moved to Janesville, WI. Once in Janesville, she and Phil built their home she so loved and then began working in the billing department for Mercy Hospital. She was a faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and President of the PTO. She was also a member of the Ukrainian Cultural Institute in Dickinson, ND and truly enjoyed baking and cooking traditional Ukrainian meals for her family. Vernette also enjoyed gardening and mowing her lawn, sewing, going Polka dancing with Phil, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Her travels with the family were cherished whether it was a Van Galder bus trip, family trips to Disney World, or wintering in Arizona. Vernette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother especially with her grandchildren she helped to raise.
Vernette is survived by her children: Janice (Dante) Razzini, Gordon Garecht, Theresa (Daniel) Maginot, Carol (Todd Hanson) Garecht, and Melissa (Peter Jensen) Garecht; her grandchildren: Jeremy (Andrea) Duffy, John Maginot, Elizabeth Maginot, and Phillip Maginot; her triplet great grandchildren: Aden, Nora, and Liam Duffy; and her brother Edward Anheluk; three sisters-in-law: Isabelle Kostenko, Billie Garecht, and Elaine Garecht; cousins; nieces; and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Nick and Elizabeth; husband Phil, and sister Regina McNair.
A Memorial Mass for Vernette will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St Patrick Catholic Church, 315 Cherry St, Janesville with Fr. Drew Olson officiating. Please visit to send condolences to the family. Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of WI, 3330 University Ave, Unit 300, Madison, WI 53705 or to Agrace Hospice, 5395 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, Wisconsin 53711.
The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Senior Living for taking care of Vernette these last 8 years and to Agrace Hospice for their care.
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    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Patrick Catholic Church
    315 Cherry St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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Ron Baranko

Posted at 11:32pm
Sorry for your loss.
My parents Mike and Betty Baranko where good friend with Phil and Vernette. I also was a pall bearer for Phil.
Ron Baranko a first cousin

Janice Gillenberg

Posted at 04:46pm
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing we could not be there for you for we have moved back to Bismarck ND just know we enjoyed being with your Mom n Dad while we Lived in Janesville

Kate Schaper

Posted at 12:10pm
I remember Vernette always being in the kitchen; cooking, drinking coffee, watching the birds out the patio door. She was always busy doing something for the family, but if you stopped by, she always made time for you. She was a wonderful mother-in- law, she never held a grudge (for long) and kindness and compassion were just a few of her traits. Knowing she is polka dancing with Phil now makes me smile and her life is complete.

Kathy Duffy/Schaper

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Posted at 03:52pm
In memory of Aunt Vernette, Our Family is having a tree planted to honor her memory. Love, Sherry, Deanne, Bill, Kris, Kimberly and Families.
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sherry klewin

Posted at 03:43pm
I will always have loving memories of Aunt Vernette and Uncle Phil. Their home was always open and welcome to all. Filled with lots of love, happiness and fun. Aunt Vernette was a very caring person and loved by many. So many memories of Family gatherings at their home. Always loved the traditional Polka music that surrounded these get togethers. I can only picture them together now dancing the Polka.
Jan, Gordon, Theresa, Carol and Mitzy may loving memories surround and comfort you. I am sorry that we can not be together at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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