John T. “Big John” Kuijer, age 84, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Huntington Place. He was born in Copenhagen Denmark on July 14, 1928, the son of Theodore and Karmen Kuijer. He married Inger Hansen on June 2, 1951, then came to America with $50.00 in his pocket, and was not able to speak any English. John worked in the Dairy Industry until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed feeding the birds and small animals that visited his yard daily.
John will be missed by his 2 sisters, Johanna of Denmark, and Elin (John) of Sweden; 2 daughters, Harriet (Rudy) Cariello of Racine and Annette (George) of Janesville; 3 grandchildren: Paul (Susan) of North Carolina, Jeremy of Edgerton and Danielle of Beloit; and 1 great grandchild, Autumn. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Inger; brother-in-law, Henning; grandson, Christopher; and granddaughter, Melisa.
At John’s request, there will be no funeral services. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank Huntington Place and Heartland Hospice
for their wonderful care of John.
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