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Jeanette Defenbaugh

d. August 31, 2016

Jeanette L. Defenbaugh, 44, of Peoria Heights, IL passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

She is survived by five daughters, Jessica Ohare of Athens, Jordan Haveman (husband Daniel) of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Kailee, Chloe, and Chelsea Edwards of Peoria Heights, IL, and one granddaughter, Mallory Hopper of Athens. She is also survived by her parents, Robert and Sheila Defenbaugh of Athens, brothers Sean Defenbaugh of Springfield and Brandon (wife Angela) Defenbaugh of Athens, and sister Jaime (husband Josh) Perrott of Bethany, and paternal grandparents Robert and Lois Defenbaugh of Springfield. She is also survived by many other family members and friends, all of which loved her dearly.

She was preceded in death by an infant sibling, Melissa Kay Defenbaugh, and maternal grandparents, James and Mildred Davis.

Jeanette was a 1990 graduate of Athens High School. In 2009 she graduated from Keiser University’s RN Program in Florida. She relocated back to Illinois in 2009 and worked as an ER Nurse at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria, IL.

She was an enthusiastic Cubs fan like her Grandma Mildred, and loved watching Blackhawks games with her three younger girls. She had a strong passion for cooking and enjoyed sharing her culinary creations with friends and family. She loved fishing and relaxing outdoors with her family when time allowed and spent a great deal of her spare time doing anything crafty, from making jewelry to socializing with friends painting. She had a big heart and loved those around her to the fullest, she will be deeply missed by all who have come into contact with her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Grieves Pavilion within Veterans Park (400-500 block of Springfield Road, east side) in Peoria, IL from 10:00 – 2:00 on Monday, September 5th. The memorial service will be held at 11:30 with a light lunch afterwards.

Contributions in Jeanette’s memory can be made to the Edward’s Family Education Fund, c/o Athens State Bank, 6530 North State Route 29, Springfield, IL 62707.


  1. I will not play at tug o’ war.
    I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
    Where everyone hugs
    Instead of tugs,
    Where everyone giggles
    And rolls on the rug,
    Where everyone kisses,
    And everyone grins,
    And everyone cuddles,
    And everyone wins.

  2. So sorry for the loss of a great woman. She will be missed.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. I am Praying for all of you.

  4. We send our deepest condolences to your entire family. May caring thoughts and precious memories comfort you at this time of sorrow.

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Didn’t know her but she was a lovely girl. Take care of the family.

  6. I have worked with Jeanette since she started at Methodist. She was always one of the “nice” nurses. Never treated the registration staff mean! She always treated us as she would want to be treated. She had a great sense of humor and I could always count on her for a laugh when times were stressful. She was great to the patients, and told them “like it was” with a smile on her face and compassion in her heart. I will miss her greatly and today I wear a CUBS shirt in her honor!

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