Jeannette L. Smessaert, age 86, of McHenry, formerly of Lake Zurich, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Burr Oak Manor in Genoa City, WI. She was born July 11, 1930 in Canby, MN to Emil and Gabriella (Laurier) VanVlaenderen. On June 18, 1948, she married Gene C. Smessaert in St. John Berchmans Church in Chicago.
Jeannette is a graduate of Sullivan High School in Chicago. She was a resident of Lake Zurich for 46 years. Jeannette was a valued employee at Clayton Mark as the production control manager. She was also a board member of The Island Lake Seniors Club, where she made many lasting friendships.
Jeannette is survived by her two daughters, Diane (Gary) Jones of McHenry, IL, JoAnne Smessaert of Peshtigo, WI; two grandsons, Christopher (Kim) Smessaert of Slinger, WI, Clinton (Heather) Jones of Lake in the Hills, IL; five great grandchildren, Alexander and Sofia Smessaert of Slinger, WI, Evan, Vivian, and Vera Jones of Lake in the Hills, IL; her brother, Emil VanVlaenderen of Glendora, CA; four nieces and nephews, Shelia Pientka of Mount Prospect, IL, Kristina (Calvin) Ellis of Chino, CA, Heidie (Cameron) Steele of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Jon VanVlaenderen of Glendora, CA.
In addition to her parents, Jeannette was preceded in death by her husband, Gene.
Services were private for her family.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for Jeannette’s family.
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