Jeane graduated from BTHS and attended Milliken University. She worked with her husband Irv as the business manager of their company, the Belleville Pump Company, for 35 years before her retirement. She also worked for State Farm in Minneapolis and Belleville.
Jeane was very active in her community. She and Irv were members of Trinity United Church of Christ, the Belleville Exchange Club, and among the earliest members of the YMCA’s first swimming pool where they swam daily. They traveled, camped and fished regularly in their retirement, and shared their bluegill catches far and wide. Jeane also belonged to the PSOP Book Discussion Group and several other senior groups.
Jeane was an accomplished dressmaker and tailor; a voracious reader; a lover of cats; an avid gardener, a gourmet chef, and threw wonderful holiday parties and backyard barbeques. Her artistic skills included needlepoint, oil paint, knitting and crochet.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Irwin A. Briesacher, whom she married on October 8, 1949, and who died on April 14, 2000; her parents, Harold Ezekiel Dewey and Carolyn Frances, nee Payne, Abshier; and one sister, Joy Lynn Abshire.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jann Briesacher and Creag Banta of Baton Rouge, LA; and several cousins, nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Her legacy is being carried on by her family of choice: Annette Parker of Belleville; Dennis Belieu and Carlos Carillo, of St. Louis; Mindy Ellington of Belleville; and Marilyn Dahm (friends since Kindergarten) and John Dahm, both of Belleville.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ of Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 30, at Trinity United Church of Christ.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2015, at Trinity United Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.
Thinking of you and Creag at the loss of your mother. What an accomplished woman! Her obituary is very nice and you will be in our thoughts this Sunday as you attend her service. We send you love and strength at this time of sorrow. Barb and Frank
Barb and Frank Banta, Boulder, CO, 80303
It was a privilege getting to know her. I’m sorry that it was such a short time. I know she will be missed. Praying for you and your family. God bless
Kim Bramstedt, Fairview Heights , Illinois , 62208
Jan, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. As Burel,s cousin we spent many fun times together. I am unable to come to Belleville to be with you but send my sympathy.
Helen Schmisseur, Granite City, IL, 62040
My deepest sympathy on you loss. I have fond memories of Jeane. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.
Virginia Barthel, Belleville, Il, 62220