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Janice L. Campbell, 78, of Genoa, Illinois, passed away October 1, 2018, at home. Before her passing, she always told her family that she'd "lived life that cannot be undone - I hope you all can be as happy as I have been."
Born August 13, 1940, in Sycamore, the daughter of Arthur and Alice (Schnur) Gerlt, Janice married Robert Campbell, the love of her life, on April 19, 1963, in Genoa.
"My life has taken me to many good times, good places: 50 states and many countries," Janice told her family about the traveling she loved so much. "Life is good and bad, funny and sad," adding she had enjoyed herself forever, so "God let me have more fun." She asked God, "Please let me be good - and have a helluva a good time."
To her family and friends, Janice extended special wishes: "Love you, one and all. I'm happy to be a person as unique as me. I hope all can be as happy as I have been!"
Janice had a passion for her grandkids and for gardening. She was proud of her centennial farm heritage, on which she cared for a patch of prairie on the original farmstead.
A great cook and an avid bread baker, she dearly loved Christmas and the Christmas holiday champagne brunch which she hosted for friends for 55 years. She also hosted a Christmas open house craft sale for 30 years, for which she baked thousands of loaves of bread.
After graduating from Genoa-Kingston High School, she graduated in 1962 from Northern Illinois University with degrees in Math and English.
She was an antiques dealer in Genoa for almost 50 years, and was a member of the Northern Illinois Antiques Dealer Association, Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealer Association, and Antique Friends in Rockford; she was a member of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Genoa Coffee Girls, Friendship Gardeners and Kishwaukee Valley Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Jeff (Svetlana Henrikson) Campbell of DeKalb and Burk "B.J." (Christy) Campbell of Genoa; grandchildren, Briana, Justin, Alexander, Dylan, Evan, Cassandra, Gwyneth, Rebecca, Nathaniel and Marissa Campbell, Olga (Vadik) Sokolov, Philip Henrikson and Sasha Henrikson; great-granddaughter, Sophia Sokolov; brother, Joel (Cathy) Gerlt of Genoa; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Rodger, in 2015; her parents, Arthur and Alice; sister, Lynette Kaye Gerlt; and aunt, Lois Schnur.
A time to visit with family will be held from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Cooper-Quiram Chapel, 202 E. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135. Time of Memories will start at 2 p.m. Please bring happy memories and wear happy clothes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to Genoa Food Pantry, Goodfellows of Genoa-Kingston (to provide clothing for disadvantaged children in the area through Christmas gifts), and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, Maine 04260.
The family extends special thanks to Northwestern Hospital, Northwestern Hospice, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, and Visiting Angels of DeKalb and Sycamore.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Cooper-Quiram Chapel; 815-784-2518.

Condolences & Shared Memories (25)

  1. Joyce & Billy Trotta,

    Dear Bob & family, We are so very sorry to hear such sad news. Janice was one of the most sweetest & happiest person l met. I will always remember the unique hats she made & wore to the conventions. We also looked toward to chatting with Bob & Janice when we got together too. Much Blessings & peace to your family.....Love, the Trottas.

  2. Gloria Abaya

    Sorry for your loss dear ones.

  3. Bruce Shivley

    Jan was a wonderful, warm, kind woman and I enjoyed working with her on the many antique shows we participated in through the years. One of my favorite memories of Jan is of her providing the set-up crew for the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealer Association (CSADA) lunches which always included her excellent bean soup with a dash of vinegar! Rest in peace, Jan.

  4. Kay (LeKander) Oursler

    Dear Bob and Family, A great loss for all of us. Jan was a fun gal always in good spirits with nice things to say about everyone. In high school we had some fun parties. I will miss Jan as I do Donna (Ollman) Freter. So happy they both lived life to the fullest. I thank the Lord for good friends....losing Jan is painful, but what a wonderful life she lived. May God heal your broken hearts. Love to all, Kay

  5. Mary Lou Kuhn Miller

    Will always remember the Christmas craft open houses. Jan was always a happy person! My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  6. Russ Deverell

    Was friends with Jan's little brother in high school, and she hosted a pizza party once for him that I can still remember. She was 12+ yrs older than him, so she was married and mother of her boys at that time, 1970 or so. RIP Jan, thanks for the memories!

  7. Barry Schrader

    Jan is one of the finest people I have ever known. We were classmates at G-K High, friends through college, and in our retirement years reconnected after many years away. Condolences to Bob and family.

  8. Rosemary Winters

    Jan was smart, kind, fun and giving - she had a great combination of the best qualities an individual could have. I will miss working with her and remember her as a lovely person I was fortunate to know. My heartfelt condolences to Bob and the family.

  9. Bonnie Brettschneider

    I had the privilege to know Jan through her Christmas Craft show and seeing the pleasure she had baking all the goodies for weeks before! Tired, sore hands, but enjoying every minute. One of the kindest, sweetest lady, one could know. There for sure is a new Angel in heaven.Prayers and love to her family❤️🙏

  10. Denice Burnett

    There are not words that I can say I'm so sorry for you and your family My prayers are with you.

  11. Karen Scherer-Noftz

    So many good memories of Jan. Dorothea Scherer thought of her as a good friend. Condolences to the family.

  12. Barb Boyer

    Jeff and Svetlana, we were so privileged to have shared some special family times with your mom and dad. She was a very gracious lady! Her homemade bread was so delicious! I pray that you will be comforted by many happy memories.

  13. Nadine Brown

    Bob and Family, Jan was the salt of the earth. A kind hearted soul who shared so much joy and so many smiles. We go way back to our Campbell Soup and antique show days. To have her for 55 years of marriage was such a blessing. My heart aches for you. May your days forward be filled with God, love and support from family and friends. Hugs to you.

  14. Linda Mensching

    So sorry to hear about Jan. She's at peace and that helps to ease the pain of her passing. Prays for the family to allow them time to grieve and heal the loss of a beautiful woman.

  15. Leslie Underwood

    Bob and family. Thoughts and prayers to all. Will never forget visiting her during those Christmas open houses. So fun. She lived a wonderful life.

  16. Jane Langol

    My deepest condolences and thoughtful tribute to a wonderful woman. We will remember her with love.

  17. Keith Bartosik and Hans Mach

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Jan's passing. Jan was one in a million. Interesting, creative, happy and one of the kindest people we ever met. We will miss her very much and our hearts go out to Bob and your family. XO Keith and Hans

  18. John and Wendy Boardman

    Jan's Pear bread and English Muffin bread was heavenly! We remember her always carrying a positive attitude with a smile to match! Our condolences on her passing.

  19. Brad Allen

    Bob....Pat and I are so sorry to hear of your loss...Jan was a grand lady ....

  20. Susan Parrett & Rod Lich

    Always a pleasant smile & a cheerful laugh, you were the life of many an antiques show. We miss you but hold tightly to shared memories.

  21. Sheridan Loyd

    Bob, I am so very saddened to hear of Jans passing. She was a lovely person and a fine antiques dealer. My condolences go out to you and your family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  22. Bill and Pam Campbell

    Aunt Jan definitely lived life to the fullest.

  23. Terri & Bo Beach

    We are so truly so for your loss, may the good memories hold close to your heart ❤ prayers for ALL of your loved ones. God bless!

  24. Anne Striplin

    Jan, i will have a gin on your honor on the 6th and make some rye bread turtles. Will miss you smile.

  25. Manny


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