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Jannie L. Elder
(April 3, 1940 - December 20, 2012)

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Jannie L. Elder

Age 72 of Braidwood and formerly Wilmington, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her home.

Born April 3, 1940 in Purcell, Oklahoma, Jannie was a daughter of the late George and Opal VanWinkle-James. She was raised and educated in California and married Charles E. Elder, whom preceded her on February 4, 2008. Jannie was a member of the Wilmington Recreation Club, where she served in the capacity of security, as well as caretaker. She attended Island City Baptist Church, as well as First Christian Church in Wilmington, and square danced with the Island City Squares. Jannie enjoyed reading and leaves behind memories of many travels and trips, in which she dearly loved.

Survivors include three children: Dennis (Suze) Elder of Bolingbrook, Shelby (Don) Nelson of Tacoma, Washington and Jack (Carla) Elder of Aurora; six grandchildren: Jenna (Gredee) Constable of Aurora, Jamie (Tonye) Amachree of Romeoville and Jonathan (Ashley) Elder, Luke Elder, Loretta Elder and Jake Elder, all of Aurora; six great grandchildren: Joey and Nikki Christofiles, Amaya, Ava and Emma Amachree and Caden Elder; two brothers: George (Juanita) James and Wayne James, both of California, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her special friend Tom Markle of Wilmington.

Jannie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles; two sons: Charles and Danny; two sisters: Margie and Winnie and one brother Donny.

Visitation was held on Wednesday December 26, 2012 from 3:00PM until time of funeral service 7:30PM at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington.

A private family inurnment will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:30AM.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jannie's memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718 (

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP - 815/476-2181.


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