Janice M. Bedeker

January 20, 1947 ~ May 21, 2020 (age 73)


Janice Marie Bedeker passed away on May 21, 2020, at her home in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.

Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ransom. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Juanita; and her brothers, Jeff, Jay, and James “Jim” Bedeker.

She is survived by her daughters, Jeanine Courtright, Michele Herrington and Shawn Brown; sons, Ken (Molly) Peterson and Tommy (Charita) Olaes-Smith; sister, Judy (Thomas) Mitchell; brother, John (Sue) Bedeker; grandchildren Jessica Swingley, Vanessa Swingley, Troy (Carolina) Swingley, Andrea Swingley, Alyssa Dean, Jordan Brown, Lauryn Herrington, Ben Peterson, Jacob Peterson, Ocean Olaes-Smith, Sunny Olaes-Smith and Rain Olaes-Smith; a host of great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Janice was born on Jan. 20, 1947, in Streator. From a young age, Janice was known for her adventurous soul and warm smile. Janice was a hairstylist and caregiver by trade who had an infectious sense of humor and a willingness to laugh at life – and she brought everyone in on the joke, with a disarming honesty and energy that made us all feel more intensely alive in her presence. Those who knew Janice share unforgettable memories of her – riding in her convertible Fiat 2000, blasting Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” on the radio; surprising her kids, nieces, and nephews with late-night Easter holiday visits in a full-body bunny costume; setting her hair on fire accidentally and then laughing while cooking s’mores with her grandkids; line dancing late on Saturday nights with her sister Judy at the Whiskey Creek country-western bar; taking road trips with her beloved mother, Juanita, from San Diego to Streator and everywhere in between; and never failing to share the funniest and most heartfelt everyday moments with her friends and family. Janice was an irrepressible free spirit who lived a life filled with love, laughter, and endless authenticity.

We will cherish Janice for all she was – a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend, and animal lover.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Paws and Claws, 725 E. Baseline Avenue., Apache Junction, AZ 85219, would be appreciated.

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Solon-Telford Funeral Home

Saturday August 28th, 2021

9:00am - 10:00am

301 S Park St
Streator, IL 61364

Funeral Service

Solon-Telford Funeral Home

Saturday August 28th, 2021


301 S Park St
Streator, IL 61364

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