Jana Wachtel

Jana Wachtel
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Jana Jean “Nana” Wachtel, nee Woodrome, 53, of Smithton, IL, born July 18, 1969, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Nana was the best and she loved her granddaughter very much. She always went above and beyond for everyone especially her kids. Nana enjoyed being in the garden and planting flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Madonna, nee McCauley, Woodrome.

She is survived by her daughter, Brittany Wachtel (fiancé Steven Quirin);
her son, Andrew Wachtel;
a granddaughter, Amelia Quirin;
a sister, Janel Juenger;
a brother, Paul (Sherrie) Woodrome;
her best friend Tammy Walters;
and nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for Amelia Quirin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

According to Jana’s wishes, cremation will follow the services.


10 Comments on Jana Wachtel

Pam stell said : Guest Report Mar 16, 2023 at 9:16 PM

Girl I will miss you so much this just is not right . We were supposed to get together soon an have a few laughs and drinks I will miss you so much love you til we meet again . Fly high my friend

  • New Athens
  • Il
Janel Woodrome Juenger said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2023 at 2:11 PM

Sis, I just can't wrap my head around this. It wasn't supposed to be like this. My heart will never be the same without you. I will watch over Brittany, Andy and Amelia for you. I may be Amelia's Nana's twin but I can never replace the wonderful, beautiful Nana, sister and friend that you were. I will miss you forever. Until I see you again. Love from your younger sis (as you always thought when we were kids.)

  • St. Libory
  • IL
Mary Elizabeth Beary said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2023 at 11:07 AM

My deepest sympathies m, prayers and light sent to Jana, her children whom she adored, her family and the many who loved her. This is such a heartbreaking shock, and I hope that in time some peace will come. Jana lit up every room and never could anyone not smile or giggle and just be happier and brighter in her presence. She has a heart of gold and I’m saddened she’s moved on too soon. Ltd of love to her loved ones and may she be at peace in heaven with her loved ones 🙏💖

  • Columbia
  • Il
Pam Curry said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 10:21 PM

Brittany and Andy and Family Your Mom was a wonderful friend Thur the years just breaks my heart so young in life to be taken. Jana is enjoying a beer with all the love ones before us. Until we meet again We will keep Tammy out of trouble, awe not really just make sure you keep us on the right path Jana..

  • St.libory
  • IL
Tammy Walters said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 6:51 PM

This one is heartbreaking, I honestly don’t know how to do this. To say she was my best friend is an understatement. She was my person. I have never met a better human. Britt, Andy, and Amelia i’m sending my hugs and love to you

  • Caseyville
  • Illinois
Mary said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The Birkner girls and the Woodrome girls were supposed to get together for lunch sometime. We kept putting it off. I'm so sorry that we didn't get to do that. Janel, we will still get together. We love you all, your sisters, Mary Shoup, Rita Gaab, and Joyce Degenhardt.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Angela dayton said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 4:32 PM

Jana we best buds going up I sure miss ya fly high we will meet again

  • Coulterville
  • Il
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 2:53 PM

I’m truly sorry for your Families loss she will definitely be missed just remember all the good times you all have my condolences & prayers

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Susie Johnson said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 2:42 PM

Jana, I will truly miss you. We had some good times. Even though we hadn't seen each other for a long time I still considered you my friend and always will. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Marissa
  • Illinois
Nicole Johnson said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2023 at 2:33 PM

Jana was there for me when I didn’t have a relationship with my mother. Britt and I were best friends in high school and we were family. I always stayed in contact with Jana and Britt because they really did mean that much to me. My heart breaks for Amelia and Britt and Andy she’s watching over all of you though everyday 💕

  • Ellensburg
  • Wa

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