Lake Katrine – Shirley Janssen passed away peacefully, with her family at her side on December 25th, 2021. Daughter of the late Charles and Edna Stevens Jones, Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Earl Janssen.
Our parents are together again. December 25th was a very sad day for our family this year following the passing of our mother. A Christmas Angel indeed. Shirley Janssen, the former Shirley Jones before her marriage to our dad, Earl Janssen. Shirley was a wonderful lady, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother who loved children. Babysitting many children over the years providing them with love and support, Shirley was rewarded with their love in return. Shirley helped to raise her grandson Chris following the death of his father when Chris was only 8 years old and provided care to her other grandchildren. Shirley enjoyed her daughter’s dogs, especially Maggie, attending competitions to watch them play! Our mother’s legacy is love and kindness for all; we are proud to have her as our mother. Rest in peace mom, we will miss you and tell dad that we said hi and miss him too.
Shirley is the devoted mother of Virginia Costakis, Lawrence Janssen, Debbie Janssen and Rick Janssen; grandmother of Christopher Costakis (Jackie), Samantha Janssen and Rick Janssen Jr. Great grandmother of Rowan Costakis and Christopher Costakis Jr. Beloved sister of Ralph Jones. In addition to her parents and husband Shirley was predeceased by her siblings Francis Jones, Florence Stanco, Charles Jones, and Carl Jones.
Family and friends are invited to visit with Shirley’s family on Thursday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. in Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution to Alzheimer’s Research Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 would be greatly appreciated.
My deepest sympathies. I'll always be grateful to Aunt Shirley for how kind and loving she was to my grandmother when she was dying. She eased her passing and provided her with company when she needed it most - and I know it was difficult for her to travel to her. My grandmother was waiting for her with open arms.
Laura Stanco Decker Jan 3 2022 4:10 PM
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Shirley was always a quiet pleasant person and I am proud to call her my cousin. Doris Stevens White
Doris Stevens White Jan 3 2022 11:03 AM
This precious woman became part of our family for several years and helped us through many of life's ups and downs. We are the richer for having known her, and missed her greatly when we moved years ago. Her love for her family was evident in everything she did and we are blessed that she loved on us too!
Prayers for comfort and peace to her entire family.
Deb S (and Shane, Daniel & Luke) Dec 29 2021 8:15 AM
Blessings and peace to Larry, Ginny, Rick, Debbie and family. May your memories of mom sustain you during this difficult time. Thinking of and praying for you. +
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Tom Maiello Dec 28 2021 4:41 PM
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Tom Maiello Dec 28 2021 4:38 PM
The last of the greatest generation of Janssen and spouses. Always a kind word and a smile to me in my younger days. Hope and prayers for your family knowing she is now at peace.
David Gaige Janssen Dec 28 2021 2:43 PM
All our love and prayers to all of those in the family that you left behind. Rest in peace. Dom and Ruth Bollella
Dominick Bollella Dec 28 2021 11:52 AM
Virginia, Larry, Debbie, and Rick,
So many good memories about Aunt Shirley and Uncle Earl with all of you as we grew up. I loved staying at your house during school breaks. We always had a shopping trip that was a highlight with one trip Larry eating a whole container of Cool Whip on the way home! Aunt Shirley was always smiling and made any around her feel welcomed. Good memories are soothing to the hurting heart.
Enjoy multiple good memories as you grieve your loss.
Valley Rogers Dec 28 2021 8:44 AM
My sincere condolences.
Words cannot express my sadness for your loss.
Neal Vada Dec 28 2021 8:06 AM