ROCKFORD – Janet L. Bearrows, age 86, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Morning Star Village in Rockford. She was born on Oct. 18, 1930 in Rockford the daughter of Gale and Hazel (Dennison) Batty.
She graduated from Monroe Center High School in 1948. Janet married Ronald D. Bearrows on Oct. 1, 1950 at the Monroe Center Community Church. She previously worked as a cook at the Hilltop Restaurant in Monroe Center and also retired from J.C. Penney’s. She was a member of the Monroe Center Community Church where she was a former Sunday School Superintendent, and was active in the Ladies Guild and Friendship Circle. She was a 4-H leader for the Monroe Center Jolly Jumpers. She enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the Valley Trail Riders and the Ogle County Trail Riders Association. She was an avid traveler who made it to all 50 states and through out Europe. She also loved being a winter Texan.
Janet was a former member of the Blackhawk Twirlers Square Dancing Club. As a resident at Morningstar Village she loved playing bingo, doing floral arrangements, and started a 500 card club. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald.
She is survived by her children Susan Bearrows of Kenosha, Wis., and Scott Bearrows of Rockford; grandchildren, Laura (Brad) Gray of Rockford, Steven (Shelly) Bearrows of Rockford, and Matthew (Katie) Bearrows of Monroe Center; great grandchildren, Mason, Alexis, Wyatt, Andrea (Jamie) Brinkmeyer, Danyel, Tim, and Matthew; great great grandson, Schyler; brother Gene Batty of Davis Junction, sisters Mary Hackney of Rockford, and Edie Bonne of Lakeville, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, daughter-in-law Ronna, and sister Judy (Batty) VanBriesen.
Visitation was in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Monroe Center Community Church with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in her name.