Janet F. and William T. “Billy” Follis


Janet Frances Follis, 86, and William Thomas “Billy” Follis, 90, both longtime residents of Brule, WI, died just hours apart from each other on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

Janet and Bill were united in marriage on September 19, 1953, and they celebrated sixty-eight years of marriage. Together, they owned and operated the family farm in Brule, WI where they raised sheep, dairy, and beef cattle.

Both were longtime active member of Brule Presbyterian Church and active in their community.

Janet had a passion for cooking and catering and catered many events in the area over the years. Janet could often be found catering and serving at various properties on the Brule River. She especially loved preparing beautiful meals and caring for the people on those properties. In her free time, she enjoyed weaving rugs on her old-fashioned loom. Above all, Janet was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Billy served the Brule area as the town Constable and as a volunteer member of the Brule Fire Department for many years. He served on the board of directors for the Chequamegon Phone Company Co-Op for thirty-nine years and served as the Pine Ridge Cemetery sexton for sixty years.

He enjoyed deer hunting and cutting pulp. Billy also dedicated many years caretaking for various properties in Brule, and worked as a custodian at the Brule School, and later at Northwestern High School in Maple before retiring. In his spare time, he loved to write and journal history and created many celebration cards for family and friends over the years. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events at South Shore and Northwestern High School. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and lifelong friends.

They are survived by four sons, Terry Follis, Ashland, WI, Scott (Betsy) Follis, Lake Nebagamon, WI, Timothy (Francine) Follis, Brule, WI and Jon (Kim) Follis, Oulu, WI; daughter, Gianna (Joe) Parenteau, Hughes, WI; eight grandchildren, Hannah (Bruce) Becker, Bloomington, MN, Heidi (Ryan) Huebscher, Rosemont, MN, Timothy (Courtney) Follis, Sun Prairie, WI, Tanner Follis, Bloomington, MN, , Clifford (Lindsay) Follis, Maple, WI, Jacob (Natalie) Follis, Iron River, WI, Devin Doskey, Great Falls, MT, and Dustin Doskey, Duluth, MN; four great-grandchildren, Brooks, Bronson, Kacy, and Mason, and five more expectant great-grandchildren due to arrive in 2022; Janet’s sisters, Betty Reijo, Iron River, WI, and Barbara (Bob) Anderson, Lake Nebagamon, WI; her uncle, Emil Colby, Sheboygan, WI; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

They are preceded in death by their parents; Janet’s; sister, Irene (Ray) Koski, and her brother, Clifford (Kathy) Jacobson.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Billy and Janet’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Brule Town Hall, 5820 Maple Street, Brule, WI. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM followed by a service at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery at a later date.    Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Janet’s name to Brule Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 31, WI 54820, or to Pine Ridge Cemetery, P.O. Box 114, Brule, WI 54820.

The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E 5th Street, Superior, WI is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at

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