Jane grew up in Chester, IL, and after graduating from Chester High School, she attended McMurray College from 1950 to 1954. On December 19, 1953, she married her husband, Donald L. Hays, in Chester, IL. Shortly after their marriage, Don, as an officer in the 804th Engineer Aviation Battalion, was assigned to RAF Station Greenham Common in the United Kingdom. He and Jane resided there for a couple of years before returning to Steeleville, IL, to establish their home. Jane became the loving mother of three adoring children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Hays, who died January 6, 1977; and her parents, Judge William G. and Helen A., nee Young, Juergens.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Greg Hays of Belleville, IL,
Heidi (Gary) Thacker of Belvidere, IL,
and Michael (Charlotte) Hays of Cedar Rapids, IA;
seven grandchildren, Kelsey (Nick Fulton) Thacker, Kendall (fiancé Jason Ferree) Thacker,
Juergen Hays, Emilijah Hays, Jared Hays,
Hayley Hays, and Wyatt Hays;
one brother, Dr. William G. (Joan) Juergens of St. Louis, MO;
and a sister-in-law, Jeanie (Randy) Bond of Steeleville, IL.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: A private graveside service will be held at Paradise Cemetery, Steeleville, IL, with Rev. Bud Bennet officiating.
My sister, Ruth Hoffman, and Jane were friends growing up. I remember her and her family fondly. Her parents were kind to my daughters when we lived with my mother. Condolences for your loss. Jane was a lovely person.
Ellen Hall, Belleville, Illinois, 62208
Many fond memories of growing up as next door neighbors, & the many camping trips. Thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.
Linda Wolters Kraus, Fort Wayne, IN, 46845
I have many fond memories of your parents while camping at Lake Windy with my sister and family Roy and Darlene Wolters. My deepest Sympathy for Jane family as they walk this path of grief. In my heart and in my prayers.
Holly Jetton Zipfel, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243
RIP Aunt Jane.
Cindy Darling-Romain, Kalamazoo, MI , 49004
My sincere sympathy to the Hays family. I have fond memories of Jane and Don as friends and next door neighbors at Steeleville.
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Jane was like a mother to me when my family lived next door on University. She was a good friend and a confidant, I will truly miss her friendship and visits.
Carolyn Norbeck, New Baden, Illinois, 62265