February 16, 1929 - September 28, 2017
MATTOON, IL- Viola Helen Janssen, age 88, of Mattoon, IL, peacefully passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:15 P.M. at Copper Creek Cottages in Mattoon, IL. The funeral service in her honor will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL, 61938 with Reverend Adam Jacobson officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. until the time of service. Viola was born February 16, 1929 in Mattoon, IL, the daughter of Jean M. and Jessie F. (King) Bruner. She married Herman J. Janssen on December 8, 1946, he survives his dear wife. Other survivors include her four children; three sons, Johnny F. Janssen and wife Linda of Waverly, IL, David B. Janssen and wife Julie Ann of Springfield, IL, and Stephen R. Janssen and wife Kim of Mattoon, IL; one daughter, Marla E. Miller and husband Robert of Palm Coast, FL; seven grandchildren, Christie R. Commarford and husband Dr. Patrick of St. Augustine, FL, Shelley L. Albers and husband Chris of St. Augustine, FL, Elizabeth E. Sanchez and husband Bill of Arlington, TX, Daniel J. Janssen of Springfield, IL, Jennifer A. Holdt and husband Mat of Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Brianna R. Janssen Sanchez and husband Ivan of North Liberty, IA, and Katherine E. Council and husband Lee of Puryear, TN; three great grandsons, Cole and Cade Commarford, and Jason Council; eight great granddaughters, Alexa, Belle, Jenna, and Zoey Albers, Ivanna and Gianna Sanchez, Susanna Sanchez, and Grace Council; one godson, James Janssen and wife Debbie of Lansing, IL; and several loving nieces and nephews. Mrs. Janssen is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Gale Bruner, and two sisters, Jessie McCall and Donna Gregory. Viola was a lifelong member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon, IL. Viola loved her church and enjoyed singing in the church choir with her fellow parishioners. Mrs. Janssen was previously employed at General Electric in Mattoon, IL, in quality control for over thirty years. She spent her time as an active member in Ed Coles/Sally Lincoln Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) in Mattoon, IL, American Legion Auxiliary, Douglas Hart Nature Center, V.F.W, RSVP, and Friends of the Mattoon Public Library. Viola found entertainment with reading, traveling, volunteering, and playing cards, especially Pinochle. Her greatest gifts in life were her children and grandchildren, and they will forever hold a place in their heart for her. Memorials in her honor may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, Douglas-Hart Nature Center, and Friends of the Mattoon Public Library, all of Mattoon, IL. Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com or www.facebook.com/mitchelljerdanfuneralhome to light a virtual candle in her honor or share a memory with her family.
MATTOON, IL- Viola Helen Janssen, age 88, of Mattoon, IL, peacefully passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:15 P.M. at Copper Creek Cottages in Mattoon, IL. The funeral service in her honor will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:30... View Obituary & Service Information
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