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In Loving Memory of
Janet L. Werner
Janet L. Werner, nee Hartman, 55, of Madison, Ill., born Jan. 19, 1961, in Granite City, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.
Born to Andrew and Patricia, nee Blumenstock, Hartman, Janet married her husband, Keith G. Werner, on Sept. 18, 1982, at St. Mary's Madison.
She was 1979 graduate of Granite City High School South, and was a valued employee of Bluestein's Brides House in downtown St. Louis, Mo., for nearly 25 years, mastering a variety of jobs in the alterations and sales departments and acquiring a vast number of friends in the process. A longtime member of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 222 in Madison, Ill., she embraced her Slavic heritage.
A talented musician, dancer and singer, she began performing at the age of 6 with the Happy Strings Junior Tamburitzans and later was a founding member of the Happy Strings Adult Tamburitzans. She finished her more than 40 years of playing tamburitzan music with the group Novi Zivot. Also a talented artist, she enjoyed drawing, painting and making beautiful stained glass creations, usually giving her works away to family and friends that admired them.
Possessing a green thumb and a love for being outdoors in the warm weather she tended her many plants and flowers for hours on end, again frequently giving cuttings to family and friends and showing them how to grow their own. During the last 2 years her oldest grandson, Tucker, could frequently be found working alongside "maw maw", trowel in hand digging holes and somewhat following grandma's instructions.
Janet and her husband, Keith, made a 25th anniversary trip to the Greek island of Sifnos. They were to return many times, each time taking more and more family and friends. Some of Janet's favorite times were spent on Sifnos visiting with many dear friends, especially Kelly, Tony, Lefteris, Paolo, Monica, and Fatima. Her final trip was in September 2016 when she led an entourage of 32 American family and friends, including all of her grandchildren that invaded the small traditional Greek island. She enjoyed the chance to show off her prized grandchildren to her many island friends.
Her greatest joy was just spending time with family and friends and doting over her grandchildren. Though a petite woman she could stop her husband or sons cold in their tracks with a single word or glare when they acted as she said "too uppity or too big for their britches". Her small stature did not keep her from fighting her cancer with a vengeance, as she constantly amazed her physicians and caregivers with her strength and fortitude. Not once during her battle did she complain nor feel self pity and she refused to let those around her treat her with pity or in anyway differently. She lived a robust and full life up until the last 3 weeks, seeing cancer as an inconvenience, but continued to do the things she had always done.
The family would like to extend special thanks to her friend and longtime physician Dr. James V. Vest, her oncologist Dr. John Visconti, her surgeon Dr. Ronald Walker, and her radiation oncologist Dr. Susan Laduzinsky. Their expert care, compassion and concern did not go unnoticed. They would also like to recognize the staffs at Illinois Oncology and The Cancer Treatment Center in Swansea, Ill., for their exceptional and compassionate care. An extra special thank you to the many employees of ICU at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, with special recognition to her primary nurses Ann (Potts) Hampel, Regina Vardaman and Michele Luster, who gave exceptional care and treated her with dignity and compassion. Thank you to the other staff that assisted and took on extra duties to allow Janet to receive the best of care. Finally, a thank you to her special friends Nikki Schanuel, Jeff Schwan, and Kim Switzer who remained with her and her family until her final journey into heaven. A special thank you to the countless friends who came to see her, prayed endlessly for her, showed concern and comforted the family throughout, there are simply too many to list, but trust that your kindness and concern did not go unnoticed.
She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Hartman; sister, Gloria Hoover and father-in-law, Gerald Werner Sr.
Janet is survived by husband, Keith G. Werner; mother, Patricia, nee Blumenstock, Hartman of Granite City, Ill.; sons, Brian (Erin) Werner of Granite City, Ill., and Matthew (Tiffany Moss) Werner of Granite City, Ill.; grandchildren, Tucker, Olivia, Bradley and Gabrielle; sisters, including twin sister and life long best friend, Judith (John) Mudro of St. Louis, Mo., and Kimberly (John) Adams of Belleville, Ill.; brother, Christopher (Amy) Hartman of Granite City, Ill.; mother-in-law, Janet J. Werner of Madison, Ill.; sister-in-law, Kathleen (Tom) Tinervia of Granite City, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Cathy) Werner of Madison, Ill., Gerald (Patty) Werner Jr. of Catonsville, Md. and Edward E. Hoover of Granite City, Ill.; nieces, Christina Hale, Erin Hoover, Jessica Mudro, Lyndsey Mudro and Rebecca Mudro; nephews, Michael (Trisha) Hartman, Scott (Nikki) Werner, Jeffrey (Ashley Roseman) Werner, Adam Tinervia, Nicholas Tinervia, Tyler Hoover, Thomas Obremski and Andrew Hartman; great-nephews, Drew Werner and Lucas Hartman.
Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society .
Visitation: Visiting hours are from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City, Ill.
Services: Funeral at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home with Fr. Bob Piorkowski officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville, Ill.
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