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Jayne Marilyn McConnell, 58, of Byron, IL passed away on February 24, 2017 at home in her sleep. She loved her family very much. Jayne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her 4 grandkids and lived for the summer sun. She spent her warm months on the boat, in the hot tub and working on the landscaping. She'd rather be on a Florida Beach listening to Jimmy Buffet. She will be missed greatly by her many friends who she liked spending time with. Bowling, exercising, and relaxing are just a few of her hobbies. Jayne worked as a cosmetologist and a school bus driver in Byron, and loved doing both.
She is survived by her husband, Vic McConnell; sons, Ryan (Alana) and Andrew (Michelle); grandchildren, Lucas, Noah, Peyton, and Scarlett; father, Wayne (Ruth) Blunck; and sisters, Mary (Steven) Meiners and Nancy (Brian) Opsahl; brothers-in-law, Mike (Judy), Dan (Gail), and Tony (Jody) McConnell; sister-in-law Terri (Curt)Vangsness. Predeceased by, mother, Joanne Blunck; brother, Marcus Blunck; brothers-in-law, Patrick and Frank McConnell.
Visitation will be held at 5:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 1, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, Rockford. Services will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Salem Lutheran Church, 1629 S. 6th St., Rockford, with Rev. William T. Dahlberg officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jayne McConnell Memorial at the Byron Bank, 200 N. Walnut St., Byron, IL 61010. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

Condolences & Shared Memories (21)

  1. Garry Tubbesing

    Our deepest sympathy from all of us at Lyran Singing Society and Lyn and I on your loss. The Blunck family has always been an important part of our Society. May the Lord give you peace and comfort.

  2. Frank and Cindi Guasto

    Wayne, we are so very sorry to hear of Jayne's passing!! May God grant you peace at this sad time.

  3. Roger & Maureen Fox

    So sorry to hear of Jaynes's passing. She was a vibrant person and one you remember with a smile. God bless you and your family in the difficult days ahead, Vic.

  4. Kathy McCartney Horwedel

    My heart is broken and I still can't believe that she is gone! I'm so sorry Vic, Ryan and Andrew! My prayers are with you, and Jayne will be deeply missed.

  5. Kelly and Mike Johnson

    Nancy and Brian, We are so very sorry to hear about Jayne's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this very difficult time. Hugs to both of you from us!

  6. Bonnie Hannum

    So very sorry to hear of Jayne's passing. I have fond memories of her from High School; she was a joyful person who brought a smile to everyone around her. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

  7. Patricia Fox Mullins

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will have you and the family in my prayers.

  8. Kari Lundquist Friberg

    My deepest condolences to your families. I am a Jefferson Class of 76 classmate. I have many happy memories of Jayne. Jayne always had a kind word and a welcoming smile for everyone. She was always full of joy and fun, and her laugh was infectious. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Cyndi Atterberry

    I am so grateful we connected occasionally through out the years since junior high..Facebook has been a blessing being so many miles away. My prayers go out to Nancy and Mary and the entire family. Hugs!

  10. Aaron Cook

    My heart is heavy with Jayne's passing, remembering the many times her and Vic were spending the days soaking up the Florida sun down with my family and I! Always and forever in our hearts!

  11. Renata Garza Irving

    Mary, Steven, Vic and Family- Jayne had an infectious smile and was always so sweet to us when we visited you. May the love of friends and family comfort you, and may God fill your hearts and minds with beautiful memories and love as you remember your dear Jayne. Love , Nata

  12. Susan Turner Jones

    My heart goes out to the McConnell family. Jayne was one of a kind. She will be missed.

  13. Patti Larsen

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Jayne was a classmate. Always the kindness smile.

  14. Doris Parks

    Nancy and Brian and your family, our deepest condolences, we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God needed another Angel in heaven. She will be missed. So Truly Sorry for you loss. Doris/Michael Parks

  15. Terri

    I'm going to miss the best sister in-law I could ask for! Prayers to the rest of her family. Jayne was one of a kind.

  16. Christina Johnson

    The family of Ethan Johnson express our deepest sympathy.

  17. Jeff and Barb Blanck

    Jane will be missed. We are very sorry to hear about her passing. Our thoughts are with her family.

  18. John & Ann Grans

    Vic and Family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers on your loss. I spoke with Jayne only a couple of weeks ago while working on our family genealogy. We always had fun and interesting conversations about our family history, as we did with Jayne's grandmother Eloise. She will be missed by many God Bless John & Ann Grans Middleton, Wi

  19. Mary & Chuck Thompson

    So very sorry to hear of Jayne's death. Only met her a few times through my Sister Laura and Brother in Law Tim, but I can still hear her voice and laugh and she was always smiling. What a loss! We are thinking of you Vic and your entire family. May your friends and family be of great help to you during this incredibly sad time. We are praying for you!

  20. Ruth Hearyman

    Jayne had such a generous heart as well as a kind and fun loving spirit. I met Jayne a few short years ago when she started driving bus in Stillman. Yet in that short time she became a special friend. I only know the big void I now feel with her passing and can not imagine how devastated Vic and the rest of the family must feel. I feel truly blessed to have spent some time with her on her last day after route sharing laughs and getting one last hug. My deepest condolences to the whole family.

  21. KarenShull

    Vic, I can't even imagine the grief you feel in losing Jayne. She was one of those extraordinary people that I feel blessed to have known. I was trying to remember how long she's been doing my hair and I think she started around 1980 when you guys lived off of Broadway. I loved coming out because it wasn't just to get my hair done, it was more like hanging out and catching up with a dear friend plus not many hair dressers offer beer and food - every time! She was such a riot to be with and always had me laughing. I'm heartbroken for your whole family Vic because I know you all meant everything to her. I love you Jayne and thanks for sooo many great memories.

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