Janet S. Turner
Janet S. Turner
  • October 6, 1939 - December 9, 2017
  • Normal, Illinois

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Normal - Janet S. Turner, 78, of Normal, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Janet was born October 6, 1939, in Du Qoin, the daughter of Albert and Mayme Janello Porter. She married James W. Turner on December 2, 1961, in Murphysboro. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2017.
Surviving are their daughter, Christina Kilcoin, Bloomington; a granddaughter, Molly (John) Grimes, Normal; three great-grandchildren, Tony, Nicholas, and Madison Grimes. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Janet was extremely active in high school serving on many committees and clubs and also as a cheerleader and member of high honor roll. She was the 1956 Homecoming Queen of Du Quoin Township High School. Janet was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was awarded the Good Citizen Award in 1957. Janet worked for GTE briefly out of high school where she met her husband. Then her passion was being at home to raise her daughter. She taught piano in her home from 1974-1992 (including her own daughter). She was a member of the Illinois Federation of Music Teachers and for two years and held the office of Secretary in Bloomington-Normal's Orpheus Chapter.
She traveled all over the country following the ISU Redbirds athletic teams. She never missed a Bloomington High School band activity with granddaughter, including traveling to Washington DC and Disney World as the band's biggest fans along with her husband. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, but we take comfort in the fact that she is finally at rest with her soulmate.
A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service. Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the ISU Athletic Department. Online condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.