PETERSBURG, IL - Janet Ruth Jurgens, 84, died on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her home. She was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Jacksonville, Ill., to William and Mary Ruth Fuller Townslay. She married Walter Jurgens on Aug. 9, 1953, in Annie Merner Chapel on the Campus of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. He survives. Also surviving are her daughters, Joyce Te Ronde (Robert) of Petersburg, Ill., and Linda Jurgens of Springfield, Ill., and son, Jeffrey Jurgens of rural Ashland, Ill. She has two sisters, Betty Willard of Edwardsville, Ill., and Carol Morey (Lloyd) of St. Peters, Mo., and a brother, William Townslay (Janet) of Wentzville, Mo. In addition several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains, Ill., Janet's church home, on Wednesday May 7, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held the following day also at Zion Lutheran Church in Pleasant Plains, Ill., on Thursday May 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a one hour visitation prior to services. Janet was an educator who began her teaching career in the Chapin, Ill., school district. She continued to teach in the Ashland, Ill., 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. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Pleasant Plains, Ill., or Memorial Home Hospice. Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg is in charge of services. Online condolences may be submitted to www.hurleyfh.com.
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