Eugene C. "Gene" Jansen, 83, of Breese, Ill., formerly of Belleville, Ill., born Jan. 17, 1933, in Summerfield, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Breese Nursing Home.
Gene served in the United States Army as a military policeman during the Korean Conflict. He retired as the Swansea Improvement Manager and prior to that worked as the assistant manager of the Super Valu in Breese, manager of the Super Valu in Belleville, and owner/operator of Frank's Market.
Gene was a former member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleville, and a lifetime member of the Swansea Improvement Association since 1970. He was a current member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, past commander of the Breese American Legion Post 252 where he was a member for 59 years, and also served as the department vice commander on the district level, and was a charter member and past president of the Swansea/Belleville Midtown Lions Club for 42 years and deputy district governor of District 1CN.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Imelda "Millie", nee Meyer, Jansen, whom he married on July 2, 1955, in San Francisco, Calif., and who died Feb. 7, 2009; parents, Leo and Marie, nee Eilers, Jansen; brothers, Wilbert "Butch' Jansen and Jerry Jansen; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Martha Jansen, Paul Kuper, Howard "Woody" Isaak, Bob Goestenkors, Geri Ratermann, Jeanne and Larry Meyer, and Mike Williamson.
Surviving are his daughter, Deborah "Jan" Schrempp and husband Bill of Freeburg; grandchildren, Stephanie Worley and husband Chris and Ryan Schrempp and wife Candy; great-grandchildren, Paige, Sam, Izzy, AJ, and Ashley; sister, Lue Flenniken and husband Virgil of Breese; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jane Jansen of Breese, Mary Lou Isaak of Highland, Flo Hannagan and husband Sam of Hendersonville, Tenn., Maureen "Moe" Goestenkors of Aviston, Lori Williamson of Huntersville, N.C., and Dennis Ratermann of Breese; numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family, Jean Marie, Paul, and Jason Buttice of Millstadt.
Memorials may be made to Breese Nursing Home or to the
and will be received at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family by visiting www.mossfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Moss Funeral Home, Breese, Ill. The Breese American Legion will hold services at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese with Father Patrick Peter and Deacon Linus Klostermann officiating. Interment will follow in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery, Breese, Ill.
MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Breese, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 30, 2016