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Jeanette M Gregson

September 16, 1927 — February 9, 2023

Waterloo, IL

 

Jeanette M. Gregson, nee Rehling, 95, of Waterloo, IL, died February 9, 2023, in Belleville, IL. She was born September 16, 1927, in Waterloo, IL.

    She is survived by her children Russell (Diane) Gregson, Gordon (Cindy) Gregson, and Alice Gregson (Kevin Ryan); grandchildren Mitchell (Teryn) Gregson and Helen Gregson; great grandchildren Leighton and Gideon Gregson; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
    She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Orville Gregson; parents Edward and Emma  (nee Lang) Rehling; brother Leland (Marian) Rehling; brother-in-law; and sister-in-law Harold (Evelyn) Kratzat.
    Jeanette worked for many years in the local newspaper business and may be the only person to have worked for all the local newspapers. She began her career in 1946 with the Waterloo Republican. She wrote articles, proof read, and was the receptionist. In 1954 she joined the Waterloo Times, writing about social events. In 1979 she began an advertising sales career with the Monroe County Clarion and continued there until it became the Suburban Journals. During this period of time, she helped organize the local Old News Boys Day campaign in Waterloo. She finished her career in the newspaper business with the Monroe County Independent, where she worked for many years. While all this kept her busy, she also found time to sell monuments for Weiss Monument Works of Belleville for over 40 years.
            Jeanette was a true people person and always enjoyed attending events where she could spend time visiting with friends and acquaintances and always enjoyed hearing or telling a good joke. She enjoyed dressing for the occasion was known to have a pair of earrings for everything from a turtle soup party to a Fourth of July celebration.
            She was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and was a member of the Chancel choir for over 30 years. She served on the Board of the Waterloo American Red Cross for over 20 years. As a member of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce she served on the board of directors, the Porta Westfalica Festival Committee, won the Chamber’s VIP award for membership recruitment in 2005, and the Chamber’s “Whatever It Takes” award in 2006. In 2009 Jeanette served as Grand Marshall for Porta Westfalica Festival parade, and won the Chamber’s Community Service award in 2010.
            Jeanette’s civic pride continued as she sponsored a lamp post around the court house in memory of her and Orville’s parents. The annual decorating of the pole at Christmas time has become a family tradition on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Waterloo Chamber of Commerce - Scholarship Fund or
Family Wishes

Visitation:
    4 PM to 8 PM Monday, February 13, 2023 at Quernheim Funeral Home
    9 AM until time of service Tuesday at Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral:
    10 AM Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
         Pastor Matt Friz officiating
    Interment at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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