Janet Ruth (Townslay) Jurgens (1929 - 2014)

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PETERSBURG - Janet Ruth Jurgens, 84, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her home.

She was born September 15, 1929, in Jacksonville to William and Mary Ruth Fuller Townslay. She married Walter Jurgens on August 9, 1953, in Annie Merner Chapel on the MacMurray College campus in Jacksonville. He survives.

Also surviving are her daughters, Joyce Te Ronde (Robert) of Petersburg and Linda Jurgens of Springfield; and her son, Jeffrey Jurgens of rural Ashland. She has two sisters, Betty Willard of Edwardsville and Carol Morey (Lloyd) of St. Peters, Mo.; and one brother, William Townslay (Janet) of Wentzville, Mo. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts and uncles.

Janet was an educator who began her teaching career in the Chapin school district. She continued to teach in the Ashland and A-C Central school districts for 36 years. She thoroughly enjoyed her retirement home on Lake Petersburg. In addition to playing golf following her teaching career, she was an avid bridge and pinochle player. The family would like to thank Memorial Hospice for the kind and caring services she received.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains, Janet's home church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to: Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains or Memorial Home Hospice. Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg is in charge of services. Online condolences may be submitted to
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on May 6, 2014