Jerome B. “Jerry” Jansen, age 77, of Breese, host of WGEL’s Wednesday night Hayride, passed away Friday May 1 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. A Funeral Mass of Christian burial for 77 year old Jerome B. “Jerry” Jansen will be Wednesday May 6 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic – St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Breese Knights of Columbus will hold services at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bishop Althoff 4th Degree services at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Community Link, Mater Dei High School, or All Saints Academy.
He was born in Summerfield to Leo and Marie (Eilers) Jansen: they preceded him in death.
Married Martha Mumma, July 4, 1959 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese and she preceded him in death March 25, 2015.
Also preceded in death by a brother Wilbert “Butch” Jansen, father and mother-in-law Robert and Ruth (King) Mumma Sr., sister-in-law Millie Jansen, brothers-in-law Paul Kuper, Robert Mumma Jr., Brad Bennett
Surviving are his children Kenny Jansen of Breese, Diane (Paul) Antonacci of Breese, Julie (Eric) Henry of York Haven, PA, Barb (Ric) Koopmann of Breese.
7 grandchildren, Mary (Phillip) Hilmes, Michael Antonacci , John (Amanda) Antonacci, Thomas Antonacci, David Henry, Sarah Koopmann, Alex Koopmann
4 great grandchildren Katherine, Sarah, Madison, Caroline and anxiously awaiting the arrival of his fifth great grandchild.
A brother Gene Jansen of Breese
A sister Lue (Virgil) Flenniken of Breese
Sisters-in-law Jane Jansen of Breese, Harriet (Marlin) Leicht of York, PA, Dee Bennett of Dover, PA, Mildred Brenizer of York, PA
Jerry retired from Scott Air Force Base as a budget Analyst and the “Hayride” Deejay for WGEL Radio in Greenville. Jerry and his wife Martha brought joy to many children’s Christmas as Santa and Mrs. Claus. He had a special love for his children and grandchildren. He was an avid Cardinal baseball fan; he enjoyed golf, playing cards and the outdoors.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and Men’s Sodality in Breese, Honorary Life member of the Bishop Althoff 4th Degree Assembly, Knights of Columbus Council # 2869 and served as past grand knight and Bingo Chairman for 28 years. Charter and past president of the Breese Jaycee’s, Founding member of the Bent Oak Golf Course, Mater Dei Fathers and Friend Club, St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary and a crossing guard for All Saints Academy.
Moss Funeral Home<br />
535 North 5th<br />
Breese, IL 62230<br />
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