In Memory

Janet Ridenour (Konecky)

Janet Ridenour (Konecky)

January 15, 2018

FORT, MYERS, Fla. -- Janet E. Konecky 70, of Ft. Myers, died Monday, January 15, 2018.

She had been a resident of Ft. Myers for the past year, coming from Coal Valley, Ill., and had been a winter resident of the area for the past 35 years. She was born February 21, 1947 in Moline, a daughter of the late Lawrence Ridenour and Marjorie (née Karn) Ridenour who survives.

She was a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Janet taught in both the Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Moline school districts in the early 1070s. On December 27, 1970, she married John Phillip Konecky, and they were blessed with two beautiful children. Janet became a devoted stay-at-home mom after her children were born, and played a very active role in their lives. She was a member of the Orion PTA and Booster Club. She was committed to her church, Riverside United Methodist, Moline, and participated in Riverside United Methodist Women.

She was also a member and past president of the Chapter BL P.E.O. Sisterhood. Janet loved both children and animals, and she never met a stranger. She was an avid painter, always studying and learning new techniques. She especially enjoyed retreating to Bonita Springs for the winters with her husband, John.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn A. Meyer and her husband, Andrew Meyer of Moline; son, Matthew P. Konecky and his wife, Ashley Glasser-Konecky of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; granddaughter, Jade Konecky; her brother, David Ridenour and his wife, Joanne of Minooka, Ill.; niece, Jenna Dietze, nephew, Greg Ridenour and her sister-in-law, Gay Konecky and her partner, Marcia Jones and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and her husband, John P. Konecky who died February 8, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Riverside Methodist Church, 712 16th St., Moline.

Visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Riverside Methodist Church, 712 16th St., Moline. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Donations in Janet's memory can be made to the Niabi Zoological Society, 10310 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL 61240 or the United Methodist Committee on Relief, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. To sign her guest book or to leave online condolences, please visit Arrangements were handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, 239-992-4982.


45th class Reunion

Courtesy of Linda Swanson Nygaard 

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01/22/18 06:50 PM #17    

Patricia Kremer (Lampo)

I was saddened to hear of Janet’s passing. I too went to grade school with Janet. She was such a kind and sweet person. My condolences to her family.  

01/22/18 08:49 PM #18    

Ellen Gizynski (Greene)

Somehow being on the edge of the school border between Logan and Grant Schools brought some of us together.  Janet was one of those who always welcomed this foreigner from Logan district.  She really was a genuine person.  I'm sorry that we lost touch through the years.  My sincere condolences to her family.

01/22/18 11:25 PM #19    

Marji Wenos (Watkins)

Janet was such a nice girl.  She was everyone's friend, including mine.  Greg Allison's mom, Christine Michaelson's mom, Janet's mom, and my mom all worked together in the Library Coordinator's Office at Allendale, so I always kept up with her accomplishments that way.  My heart is hurting for the loss of another friend from our Class of '65.--Marji Wenos Watkins

01/23/18 04:58 PM #20    

Jon Chapman

More sadness. I grew up with Jan at Church as well as school. We held hands in junior high. Had a chance to visit with her a bit at our 70th in Sarasota last February- a quality person, too soon gone. Our mortality seems increasingly to be winning..... God bless you Jan.

Jon Chapman 



01/23/18 08:39 PM #21    

Suzee Carson (Branch)

Janet. I first got to know her as being little girls together in Sunday school at the Methodist church. I remember her mom and dad. Konecky was a later friend. All the words and sentiments used so far to describe her sum it more than perfectly. Sweet, kind, caring, giving, all those and more like them. It is a tough road for her mom, still being alive. God bless all the family. And Janet, now with John, is the great comfort. She was brave. 

01/24/18 02:15 PM #22    

Nancy Goran (Groshart)

I was so saddened to learn of Janet's death and will keep her family in my prayers.  I'm glad to hear that she made it to the Sarasota reunion and I last saw her at our 50th.  She was such a sweet, nice person and so was her husband John, who was a good friend of my brother Bill.  Rest in peace, dear Janet; you will be missed.

01/25/18 05:04 PM #23    

Marie Flatley

I, too, am glad to have visited with Janet in Sarasota, where we reminisced about our days at Iowa in Burge Hall when she was my resident advisor. There is some comfort in thinking she and John, who I still remember from swim team days, will be together.  Both were such fine people. My condolences to all the family. 

01/26/18 05:41 PM #24    

Christine Eveland (VanLerberghe)

So sorry to hear of Janet's passing and deepest sympathy to her family. Chris

01/27/18 11:04 AM #25    

Judy Pieper (Wyatt)

Janet was a gracious lady.  We are all lucky to have known her.

04/10/18 11:36 PM #26    

Steve Acord (Acord)

A really, really nice person. We attended the same church and our fathers worked together at Planter Works. They vacationed together in FL, AZ, and even Sweden. When she was back in the QC she would always stop by Friendship Manor and visit my mother. Greatly appreciated. She will be missed by many. Ralph C. is correct. We are in the 4th quarter - maybe we can hope for overtime!

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