EDWARDSVILLE — Janet Marie Bollman passed away peacefully, on March 31, 2021, at her home in Edwardsville surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.
Jan was born in Alton on December 17, 1946 to Marcellus and Evelyn Schrage and lived in Edwardsville her entire life. She graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1965 and earned her nursing degree from St. Luke's School of Nursing in St. Louis. She started her career as a surgical nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, worked as a private duty nurse, an intake specialist at Maryville Manor and retired as an office nurse for Dr. Michael Beatty. On May 17th, 1969, Jan and Homer Bollman were joined in marriage at Eden United Church of Christ, and enjoyed 51 years together.
Jan loved to fish, golf, play cards and win at trivia. When her children asked how she knew so much, she would reply "I lived it!" She was active in her community and attended Eden United Church of Christ. Her greatest gift to all was her love, compassion, and infectious smile. She was an unselfish, devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend who always put others needs above her own.
Jan was proceeded in death by her father, Marcellus Schrage and is survived by her mother, Evelyn Schrage, her loving husband Homer Bollman, children Shelly Schmitt (Steve), Lora Pohlman (Shawn), Steven Bollman, Anne Bollman (Rose Eckert) and her siblings, Carol Lewis (Jim), Duane Schrage (Kathy), Ron Schrage (Cindy), Jim Schrage (Sue Ponce), Brenda Schrage (Joy Davis) and Brian Schrage (Becky).
Her greatest joy was becoming a grandmother. In her final years, she filled hand-crafted boxes with special trinkets and memories for her grandsons Tyler Brown (Rachel), Samuel and Brayden Schmitt, and Carter Bollman, and great-grandsons Jacob and Ethan Brown. She also leaves behind nine nieces and nephews and eleven great-nieces and nephews along with many friends.
Per Jan's wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Her family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements; online condolences can be made at donnellwiegand.com.