In her younger days, Jane was involved in many bridge clubs, bowling leagues, and loved spending weekends with her sister Mary at the lake house in Ellis Grove, IL. Jane was also an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. She attended many spring training games with friends and family. She also enjoyed many baseball games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Smallwood, who died on September 4, 1962; by her second husband, Robert C. Kaufmann, who died June 4, 1997; her parents, Richard and Melva, nee Wangelin, Gass; and a sister, Mary Ann Baird.
Surviving are three sons, Brian (Joyce) Smallwood of Ellis Grove, IL, Thomas (Karen) Smallwood of Belleville, IL, and James (Lisa) Smallwood of Swansea, IL;
grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) O’Connor, Jason (Renee) Holtgrewe, Tommy (Amy) Smallwood, Christina (Kaid) Yates, David (Jennifer) Ott, Aimee (Jason) Feijo, Ben Smallwood, Jimmy (Heather) Smallwood, and Jamie (Brock) Green;
and a niece, Carol Gene Kreitner.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at The Atrium for the kindness shown to Jane.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.
Private burial will be held at a later date.