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Janet Ann Kjellstrom died June 26, 2017 after a prolonged illness. Janet was the daughter of John (Bert) and Margaret Luebke Kjellstrom. She was born January 14, 1925. A life-long resident of Rockford, Janet graduated from Rockford East High School and was employed at J.L. Clark Manufacturing Company for 39 years. Janet was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she spent many years on the church council, finance and stewardship committees. Janet was very interested in the Performing Arts, serving on many boards. She was a donor and benefactor to numerous organizations. Janet was lifetime member of the YMCA, Tinker Cottage and Forest Hill Country Club. She was a volunteer and donor to P.A. Peterson Home, United Way, Midway Village Museum, Nicholas Conservatory, The Boys and Girls Club, Rockford Lutheran Schools along with many local schools and hospitals. She received numerous awards for her philanthropy, among them the Spirit of Caring Award from Crusader Clinic in 2008. Her love for Rockford and her charitable giving led to her being given the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at National Philanthropy Day in 2000. Janet had a love for travel. Her extensive travels took her to many countries and locations throughout the world. Janet loved spending time in the north woods, where she enjoyed boating, fishing and dining out with her many friends.

Janet is survived by her many, many friends who will miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Monday July 3, 2017 at 10:30am. Visitation at 9:30am prior to the service. Memorials can be made to The Kjellstrom Family Foundation c/o Loescher & Associates, Ltd, 6845 Weaver Road, Suite 200, Rockford, IL 61114 or to the charity of donor's choice.

Condolences & Shared Memories (3)

  1. Beth Howard, Exec. Dir. Friends of the Coronado Foundation

    The Friends of the Coronado are forever grateful for the generosity of Ms. Kjellstrom, and her support of our Reach for the Stars Fourth-Grade project. Because of her extraordinary generosity 4,000 RPS students had a special performance of Ailey II and Giordano Dance Company, and an experience at Coronado they will never forget. As just one of the many beneficiaries of Ms. Kjellstrom's generous spirit we are in awe of the collective impact she has had on our community.

  2. LaWanna

    Janet was just a pleasure to be around, her stories about living in Rockford were such fun to listen to. I could sit and talk to her for hours. I met her through Rockford Rescue Mission years ago when she came through Thrift Store and asked if I could come to her house and pick up some stuff out of her garage, she was a pleasure to be around.

  3. Melissa Teske

    Janet was a joy! Funny, caring and full of adventurous stories. Not only was she a financial supporter of Rockford Dance Company, but she would love to come to the office and work on the mailing list. She will be missed.


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