Janet Rosenstengel

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Janet Louise Rosenstengel, 79, of Belleville, IL, born August 10, 1940, in East St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Evelyn’s House, Creve Coeur, MO.

Janet’s fondest childhood memories were made with her father, who was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter and fisherman. They would travel up and down the Mississippi River together in search of the next great catch. Janet was fond of telling those stories to her children.

Janet attended Cahokia High School where she was honored with the title of homecoming queen and graduated in 1958. Janet’s pursuit of education took her to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and she graduated in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree and her teaching certificate. She went on to complete her master’s degree in psychology. During college, Janet married her first love and high school sweetheart Jim Bonifield and they were blessed with their son Jeffrey. Janet started teaching grade school in the Cahokia School District at Rosewood Elementary and was loved by her students. She was known for her extraordinary kindness and her ability to relate to the children.

Janet was no stranger to tragedy as she lost her first love Jim and was forced to carry on for herself and Jeff.
She met her second love Lawrence Rosenstengel, a high school English teacher and they were married in 1966. They were blessed with two sons, Jon and Jeremy. Janet made the decision at that time to give up teaching and be a stay at home mother to their three children. She devoted herself to her family and her children and they were all better because of it. Larry passed away in 1980 and Janet kept pushing on to keep her family moving forward.

Janet started working for her mother’s home health care company, Rainbow Group Health Care, and she helped run the company for years. Janet helped the sick and infirmed while at the same time worked hard to help her own children through high school and college. Janet’s first love was teaching, and she also became an avid tutor and mentor for many of her son’s friends and children. Many of the children she helped were struggling in the conventional school setting and through Janet’s help and guidance were able to navigate through their difficult younger years. One of Janet’s struggling students is now on the path to becoming a doctor. Janet just had a special quality with children and her teaching abilities were astonishing. Janet also loved opening her home to the neighborhood children and directing them in art projects and sharing her tremendous artistic talent with them, Janet was always there for everyone around her and the world was certainly a better place because of Janet’s giving of herself.

Janet’s final act of kindness was to donate her organs and tissue to help others.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Bonified; her second husband, Lawrence Allen Rosenstengel; her parents, Lester and D. Marguerite, nee Giannini, Weber; and two sisters, Suzanne Tutokey, and Alice “Toots” McAllister.

Surviving are her sons, Jeffrey (Leigh Ann) Bonifield of Belleville, IL,
Jon (U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy) Rosenstengel, and Jeremy (Stephanie) Rosenstengel;
and seven grandchildren, Jim (Abby) Bonifield, Jerry Bonifield,
Kate Rosenstengel, Anna Rosenstengel, Jack Rosenstengel,
Julie Rosenstengel and Rachael Rosenstengel.

Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Interment will be private.


10 Comments on Janet Rosenstengel

Joe Mcallister said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2020 at 3:47 PM

JJJ, your mother was such a wonderful person. She was the host with the most for holidays. I am sure she is in heaven with her sisters watching over us.

  • San Leandro
  • CA
Charlene McCullough Stehlick said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Janet and Marguerite were indeed special people. I'm sorry to read of this loss. The back story is that I needed work after a run in with a nursing home administrator. I was concerned with language and actions of some of the long hired CNAs who came before me. It changed my life so much for the better. I cherish my memories. I know that your family will do the same. Thanks again...

  • Prairie Village
  • KS
Gary Cobb said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2020 at 4:02 AM

Janet and I were classmates in Cahokia growing up and she, Jim and their son Jeff lived down the street from my family in St Louis Gardens many years ago. Janet and I became close after renewing our friendship in the 1990's. I visited her on trips to Illinois and we spoke on the phone often, sometimes every week. We were political allies and shared our life stories over the years and as they developed. I have lost a very loving and meaningful friend and close confidant. We anticipated this loss and I believe she was well prepared.

  • Hendersonville
  • TN
Mary Ann Swope said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 2:25 AM

I am sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special person. She always made Bunco fun. Mary Ann Swope

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Linda Giese said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2020 at 6:18 PM

I knew Janet at Cahokia High School. I was in Suzanne’s class. Janet was the sweetest prettiest girl. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Ladera Ranch
  • Ca
Melanie LaHaie Davis said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 11:58 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of sweet Janet. She was always the nicest lady to the neighborhood kids. Always a kind smile with something nice to say. Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace sweet Janet! God gained an angel!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Driscoll Family said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 8:43 PM

Sorry for your loss

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike McAllister said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 6:19 PM

Jeff, Jon and Jeremy, Please know that Cathy, Aaron and myself love you and we are so sorry for the loss of your mother and our wonderful aunt. We know how she so loved each of you and your families with all her heart and soul, constantly bragging about each and every one of you. I am so glad I got to see her with Aaron recently. Aaron wanted to let you know he will always remember her as we all will and he misses her. He got go speak on the phone with her not to long ago and was telling us how she was going to help him with some writing composition. Peace be with all of you as it is with Aunt Janet, aunt Suzy and mom. Love always, Mike, Cathy and Aaron McAllister

  • St Joseph
  • Missouri
Liz Smith said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Aunt Janet was one of the most authentic and fun people I’ve ever known. I’m a better person for having experienced her take on life, and I know she’ll be missed terribly by her family and friends.

  • Blackthorn
  • England
Andrew Davidson said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2020 at 11:10 PM

Jon and Nancy - My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. I could tell what a wonderful, caring person she was by reading her journey through life. She raised an amazing man and her best qualities show in you. Erin and I are sorry for your loss.

  • Caseyville
  • IL

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