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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
Fax: (608) 754-7780
Kenneth Church

Kenneth Joseph Church

Saturday, December 10th, 1960 - Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Kenneth Joseph Church of Janesville passed away on February 21, 2019 at home. He was born December 10, 1960 to Dolly (Mitchell) and Robert Church in Janesville, WI.
Ken had a great passion for music. He was awarded a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music to study opera. Ken performed in various roles on stages throughout the United States and Europe. One of his most memorable experiences was the year he performed in The Phantom of the Opera in Basel Switzerland. He made the difficult choice to forgo his career of performing on the world-wide stage to be home with his family that meant the world to him. Ken earned a musical education degree from UW-Whitewater in 2003 and taught briefly in Williams Bay until complications from diabetes made it difficult to continue. Ken shared his musical gifts with others by conducting a number of church choirs, performing locally, and working with a number of students.
Ken leaves behind two daughters whom he loved very much, Katherine and Genevieve Church, both of Janesville; brothers Dale (Dolores “Tootsie”) of Gordonville, TX; Steve (Chris) of Wilburton, OK; and a sister, Judy (Robert Maresch) of Zephyrhills, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerard Healy and the Very Rev. Paul Ugo Arinze officiating. A visitation will take place at the church from 12:00 PM until the time of service. Per the wishes of their father, in lieu of flowers, an educational memorial fund will be established in the girls’ names.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    1250 E. Racine St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    St. John Vianney Catholic Church
    Address
    1250 E. Racine St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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    Officiant
    Msgr. Gerald Healy
    Co-Celebrant
    Fr. Paul Ugo Arinze

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Norris Johnson

Posted at 02:00pm
Ken was a good guy & my buddy & it saddens me to hear he passed away.
Rip Ken .
You friend Junebug
PL

Patrick Lalor

Posted at 05:13pm
Always admired Ken in high school. He was very talented and active in theater and choir , skills I certainly did not possess , but admired. I only recently reconnected with Ken through Facebook and was sadden to learn of his passing.
CC

Colleen Coomber

Posted at 03:18pm
I had was lucky to meet Ken during my college days, while he lived in Los Angeles in 1980s. We performed many operas and concerts together, and had a lovely partnership until he left to study at Juilliard. I knew he was destined for greatness, such a naturally beautiful and powerful voice. We lost contact for many years, until 2 years ago when we became friends again through Facebook. I was heartbroken to learn of his illness and consequent inability to sing as he so loved to do. Over the last two years, we became even closer friends than before, and we chatted every day about music, art, nature, and even mundane everyday things like recipes and laundry. He was always so excited to hear about all my symphony concerts and operas, and lived vicariously through my performances. He was always so loving and kind as he tried helping me from afar, telling me to be safe driving - even though he was struggling so mightily with his own affliction. I love my friend so very dearly, and the loss of him leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to recover from. My dearest Ken, I know that you are free of pain now, and singing gloriously in Heaven with your voice of gold. Farewell Love, you'll always have a place in my heart.
GH

Guy Hales

Posted at 12:22pm
I'm so sorry you left us so early , you was always chatty ,witty and always gave compliments, I loved our chats and giving you tips on your new P-38 Lightning model, an aircraft you loved.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
You will be missed but not forgotten, you will be remembered with great love and affection.
'Blue Skies' my friend.
TG

The Friends and Members of ‘Scale Models Unlimited’ and ‘World Power Groups’.

Posted at 02:01pm
Ken was a much appreciated and respected friend and member of the above Groups.
On behalf of the Admins and the relevant Memberships, we are united in expressing our great sadness at Ken’s passing.He was a loyal and enthusiastic supporter in every respect and he will be sorely missed by us all.
As a mark of our respect and devotion to his lasting memory it has been privilege to appoint him as an ‘Honorary Administrator’ in every Group.
He will always be remembered with great affection and respect in all our hearts and thoughts.
God Bless Ken and His Family.
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