Jane Smallwood Kaufmann

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Jane E. Smallwood Kaufmann, nee Gass, 88, of Belleville, IL, born January 19, 1929, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

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;
13 great-grandchildren;
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.


3 Comments on Jane Smallwood Kaufmann

JoAnn Barttelbort Bretsch said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM

To Jane's Family...I don't know if you will remember who I am, but I was Mary Ann's best friend, and knew your Mother Jane, well. We have kept in touch since Mary Ann passed away, by mail...Christmas and birthdays...I never knew that Jane had passed away, until someone sent me an obit from Belleville...I had a card ready to mail for her birthday! I just wanted you to know your Mother was a special person, I share her love of the StLouis Cardinals..Mary and I used to hide when Jane had a date, and giggle about it, because we were spying on her, in their home. We moved to Indiana to be with our two children and families, as they both live here. I have dearly missed Mary Ann and will now miss Jane. JoAnn Barttelbort Bretsch.

  • Bloomington
  • Indiana
Judy Gass Kennedy said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Brian, Tom, Jim and families, condolences to the family on the loss of the last of the original Gass girls! I always loved her smile and enthusiasm for life. May you find peace in memories.

  • OFallom
  • Il
Bob Yagge said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 1:58 AM

Your mother was a special person . She helped me in many ways and inspired me to be a better person. She left her mark on this world through her sons and the people they have become. She is no longer with us but she will never be forgotten.

  • Millstadt
  • IL

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