PONTIAC — Alice J. Janssen, 96, of Pontiac, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Sunday (March 22, 2020) at Evenglow Inn, Pontiac.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Center Cemetery, Flanagan, with Pastor William Callister officiating. Private family viewing will be held prior to the service. Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Flanagan, is assisting the family with services. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or American Cancer Society.
Alice was born May 22, 1923, in Minonk, the daughter of John and Josephine Timmerman Koopman. She married Ernest E. Janssen on April 28, 1941, in Ottawa. He died May 31, 2005.
Surviving are five children, Diane Fort, Minonk; Darrel (Barbara) Janssen, Pontiac; Robert Janssen, Pontiac; Linda (Karl) Kiss, Bloomington; and David Janssen, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, including her twin Eldon, William, Walter and Gene Koopman; and one sister, Marie Griffin; one great-granddaughter; and also her son-in-law, Allen Fort, and daughter-in-law, Maggie Janssen.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Streator. Alice and Ernest farmed in the Cornell and Blackstone area for over 50 years on the same farm. They always enjoyed having a large garden, and she canned tomatoes and vegetables from the garden. Alice was always ready with a noon meal for the guys working in the fields. She also had worked in the cafeteria at Cornell Grade School, Motorola in Pontiac, and then as a clerk at Hornsby's.
Alice was a loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma who enjoyed spending time with her family.
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