Janice Emmert
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Janice Kay Emmert (Jan) who led civic and philanthropic organizations died Saturday, July 30, 2016 at her home in Chicago. She was 61. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in 1977, where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity, she joined Willis Towers Watson as an executive compensation professional. Jan began what became her lifelong commitment to philanthropic endeavors by joining the United Service Organization (the USO) of Illinois Board of Directors in 1984 where she held multiple leadership positions including serving on the Executive Committee, Gala Co-Chair and Chairman of the Board. In 2003 she was elected to the USO World Board of Governors where she served in numerous capacities, including on the Executive Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee, and was a member of the Board delegation at the opening of the first USO Facility in Iraq in 2008. She also served on the Advisory Counsel of the Rocky Mountain USO. Jan was a founding member of the Chicago Zoological Society's Women's Board where she served as President, Gala Co-Chair and also served on the Society's Board of Trustees. Jan was also dedicated to the Children's Home and Aid Society of Chicago where she served as Women's Board President and Gala Chair. She also served on the Counselor Ball Committee for the Illinois Institute of Technology, Regional Benefit Chair of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Treasurer of 1418 North Lake Shore Drive Association and President of Meadow Ridge of Beaver Creek. Jan was the recipient of the USO of Illinois, Ronald L. Friske Memorial Award, the United States Coast Guard Recognition of Outstanding Support and the Ronald Regan Achievement Award from her hometown of Dixon, IL. Jan was born on January 10, 1955 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the daughter of Jerald and Jacqueline Conroy. She married Michael P. Emmert, who survives her, on June 18, 1977 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dixon. She is also survived by her son Phillip and his wife Megan, sister Jeri Clemins, and brother John Conroy, along with nephews and nieces. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 PM Thursday at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison Ave., Willowbrook IL. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10AM at St. Issac Jogues Catholic Church, Fr. De Salvo officiating, Hinsdale IL, and burial at Bronswood Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the USO of Illinois. To donate, please visit https://usoofillinois.secure.force.com/donate and under the 'Honor/Memorial' drop down which is halfway down the page, please note "In Honor of Jan Emmert." For service information, 630-325-2300 or www.adolfservices.com

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Published in Chicago Tribune from Aug. 2 to Aug. 11, 2016.
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August 27, 2016
Mike and family, You have our deepest sympathy. Jerry and Kathy Brown
August 12, 2016
So sorry for your losd. May Almighty God grant you peace. Jer 29:11
August 8, 2016
My condolence to the Emmert family and friends. "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
August 6, 2016
I send all the family and friends of Jan my deepest sympathy - Jan is my Chi-Omega pledge daughter and what sheer joy she brought to our chapter. Her smile and laughter will live on in my heart and to all who met her. I share in your earthly grief and rejoice in her heavenly homecoming.
Karolee Sidler-McLaughlin
August 5, 2016
Rest In Peace, Jan.
Jerilyn Everhart-Brunke
August 4, 2016
My sincerest sympathy to the Emmert family. My prayers are with you.
It was my pleasure to have met Mrs. Emmert.
Tammy Cloutier
WAC Concierge
August 3, 2016
Many thoughts and prayers from Megan's Uncle David and Aunt Sharon Hayes in Tennessee. God bless all of you.
David Hayes
August 3, 2016
Sincere sympathy to Mike and family. Jan was beautiful, both inside and out, with a smile that could light up a room...she will be missed and remembered with a smile. With sympathy, Linda Eichler Cantor
Linda Cantor
August 3, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, God is always there to listen to us especially in a time of need - 1 John 5:14.
August 3, 2016
Mike and Family,
Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your beloved Jan.
Jan and all of you will be remembered in our prayers.
Angelo & Marjorie Kleronomos
August 3, 2016
Phil and family,

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for you at this time.
Jennifer Koneval
August 2, 2016
Jan was a great leader and a mentor to all of us in the USO of Illinois. She will be missed. What we will miss the most is the joy that she brought to all who knew her.

Judy and John Scully
John and Judy Scully
August 2, 2016
Janice had a profound impact on the many people who were lucky enough to have intersected life paths with her. I happened to be one of them as Janice's Pilates instructor at the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago. With a bright and positive determination, she would fearlessly forge forward to master the various exercises including her favorite, the developpé, executing it like a Master. She had what we call a mind-body awareness and control to channel into the particular challenge before her. Janice was insightful, whimsical, charming, funny, and bright spirited with a joie de vivre. She combined that with an intelligence, grace and dignity that manifested in a positive and radiant aura, despite obstacles she courageously faced down. We shared stories and gave one other strength. Not only was Janice my client, she was a friend, mentor, confidant, and role model that I shall always keep with gratitude in my heart and mind.
Larissa Tanis
August 2, 2016
Jan loved life. She was of incredible service to so many but always had time for some laugh out loud moments with her friends. I will miss your pretty smile my friend.
Mary Anne Schuster
August 2, 2016
So sorry for the death of your love one Janice. Matthew 5:4
August 2, 2016
Jan added an extra spark of energy and passion to any and all endeavors with which she played a part...and many were these incredible responsibilities. Reliable with strength and dignity even under the most difficult health circumstances, Jan remains a role model of courage. She knew how to carry on with beautiful precision. She will be missed by so many.
Mike, Phil, and Megan- know you are covered in our prayers and loving thoughts.
Candace Walker
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