Jeanette Padgett

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On Sunday, June 7th, 2020, Jeanette C. Padgett, nee Emke, loving wife and mother of five children, passed away at the age of 77, at her residence peacefully. She was born in St. Charles, MO, and soon afterwards her parents moved the family to Belleville, IL.

Jeanette always provided love and support for her family and she was loved by everyone she met. She expressed her artistic talents decorating special occasion cakes, wedding cakes, and crafting exquisite cards. Her creative ideas inspired beautiful craft projects that her husband, Eugene, built for her and other family members. Jeanette loved spending time outside in her flower gardens and watching the butterflies and birds. She thoroughly enjoyed a good game of cards, traveling, family camping trips, and winters in Florida. She was a homemaker while raising her children and then a medical receptionist for many years until retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marie, nee Toennies, Emke; a brother, Joe Emke, Jr; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Aloysius and Stella Padgett; a brother-in-law, Tom Padgett; and a sister-in-law, Addie Schweickhardt.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Eugene Padgett, whom she married on April 15, 1963.
three sons, Christopher (Carol) Padgett, Tim (Nubia Monsalve) Padgett, and Tony (Heather Rayka) Padgett;
two daughters, Jo Marie (Steve) Mensing, and Lisa (Jim) Vandeloo;
seven grandchildren, C.J., Cory, and Caitlin Padgett, Brian and Sarah Mensing, and Bayley and Madison Vandeloo;
two brothers, Bill (Denny) Emke, and Michael (Linda) Emke;
a sister, Angie (John) English;
two sisters-in-law, Marie Padgett and Margaret Emke;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give thanks to Dr. Victoria Jansen, the doctors and nurses at Siteman Cancer Center, and the south orange team at Southern Illinois Hospice.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Cancer Society, or in the form of masses at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: A private service will be held Friday, June 12, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.



20 Comments on Jeanette Padgett

Kelly Mueller Doiron said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2020 at 2:24 PM

You have my deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of your mom from both going to your house and the dentist office. She was one of the sweetest. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Bernice (Weilbacher) Gregorio said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 5:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to Jeanette's family. I was a classmate & friend of hers at the Academy of Notre Dame. My thoughts & prayers to all. Bernice

  • IL
Martha Neiner said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 6:03 PM

I worked with Jeanette at Green Waltman and what a worker she was - efficient, smart, never a minute lost. So sorry for your loss of this sweet lady.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bill Bauer said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 1:51 PM

Gene and Family So sorry for your loss I know how hard this is for all of you Jeanette was a special person who was a loving mother and wife and friend who will be missed by all

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Loomis Family said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 12:39 PM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Tucson
  • Arizona
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 9:57 AM

Gene & Family, Our prayers are with all of you at this time. Jeanette was truly a lovely friend, wife and mother. She will be missed. One of our memories of her is a camping trip our families went on together over 50 years ago. Each family had 3 boys (oldest around 5-6) & both of us ladies pregnant. It rained all weekend but we had fun. Our family has continued to be campers. Know that you now have your personal angel in heaven to watch over you. God be with all,of you always.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Matt & Dawn Partington said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 8:27 AM

Tony, our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. May our friendship and prayers ease you through this difficult time. Please know that we am here for you, don’t hesitate to reach out. Matt & Dawn

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brenda Ostling said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM

We are so sorry for your loss and want to extend our deepest sympathies to you all! Brenda and Wayne Ostling

  • Nashotah
  • Wi
Jeannette Verges said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 8:55 AM

My deepest sympathy. You are all in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Adele M. Roth, MD said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 8:40 AM

I am so sorry for your loss and especially in this crazy time of Covid-19. To lose a wife and a mother like Jeanette is beyond sad - I sure it is painful. I hope it helps to know that she was so loved by everyone she met. She was an inspiration to me with her faith and kindness. I remember once that I commented after Sunday Mass to Julie Orlet how strikingly beautiful she was. And she was just as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debbie Kowalski Laughlin said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 7:56 AM

My deepest sympathy to Eugene and family on Jeanettes passing. I remember Jeanette as a loving wife and mother and she will be greatly missed. Tim and Jo Marie were in my wedding in 1972. I am Eugene’s cousin and Stella and my Dad , Ed, we’re brother and sister.

  • Fort Myers
  • FL
Loretta Davidson said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 7:42 AM

Gene and family, So sorry to read about Jeanette’s passing. I worked with her for many years at Green Walkman Eye Institute. A beautiful lady inside and out.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Marilyn Buehlhorn said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 5:16 AM

My deepest sympathy to Joey & Lisa, and Angie & the rest of the Emkes. I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Stephens Family said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 10:53 PM

Our condolences to your family.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Joanne Will said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 10:46 PM

Deepest sympathy from the Kowalski (Ed & Lottie) family.

  • Evansville
  • IN
Alex and Lauren said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 9:00 PM

Aunt Jeanette is an amazing lady who was kind, loving, fair, and incredibly supportive! She will be greatly missed!

  • Nashville
  • Tn
Kris Lickcenbrock Albrecht said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Dear Chris and family, You have my deepest sympathy, and are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Margaret Emke said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 10:47 AM

Rest In Peace Jeanette. I have you to thank for our lovely wedding cake when I married the love of my life your brother Joe Jr. Also through the years numerous cakes for our four children for all special days. It was a delight to receive the hand crafted cards that you so painstakingly created. I have you to thank for lots of recipes you shared with me that have become family favorites. The fish fries over the years and all the hard work that Eugene and you put into it to make it a day to remember. Numerous family get togethers you put together to keep our family close. Truly an act of love. Always the gracious hostess. You will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know you. Sincere sympathy to all of the family. You were truly one of a kind.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Pat "Enright" Baeske said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Gene and family, Words are so difficult at times like this. Just know that my heart is heavy at hearing of Jeanette's passing. She and your family are in my prayers. Jeanette was in my circle of close friends at St. Mary's Grade School and Academy of Notre Dame High School. A group of us always ate lunch together at school. Jeanette and I often went roller skating at the old Skateland (across from Township High School) at night and weekends. We had a had a lot of fun together. She was a great lady!

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Lisa Collins said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 8:47 AM

A beautiful lady who will be missed by many. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Gene.- Buck & Lisa Collins

  • Auburn
  • IN

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