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9/19/2012: Funeral set for Ellsworth man who died in construction accident

Janisch was an avid hunter and fisherman. His family chose this photo to characterize his life. Submitted photo.

A funeral service for Joseph C. Janisch, rural Ellsworth, who died early Monday, Sept. 17th in a construction accident along I-94 near Menomonie, is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Janisch, a father of four, was a dairy farmer and avid hunter and fisherman.

Janisch is being remembered by his family as a loving father who was always willing to help anyone. He'd previously made the decision to be an organ- and tissue donor and was able to help others even after he'd died, his family said in an obituary.

He is survived by his wife Gina and children, Miah, Lillianna, Austin, and Brevick, in addition to his parents and three siblings.

He had been working for Highway Technologies, doing construction, for the past 18 months, his family said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was notified of the accident about two miles west of Menomonie at 7:20 a.m., Monday.

Janisch was working on replacing guard rails when a piece of construction equipment he and others were using contacted a power line. Janisch later died at Mayo Hospital-Menomonie.

The Patrol said personnel from the federal office of Occupational Safety & Health Administration are investigating the accident.

In 2007, Janisch was honored by the Ellsworth Lions Club for his conservation farming practices -- following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Claire, who established his family's Century Farm in the town of El Paso.

He was a 1996 Ellsworth High School graduate who previously worked in the Pierce County Land Conservation office.