Janet E. Soens, 78, of River Forest, died on March 14, 2021. Born on Feb. 15, 1943, she was a resident of River Forest for over 70 years. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1961, she attended Northern Illinois University (class of 1965) and worked as an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica prior to raising her family. She worked in banking for many years at the River Forest State Bank and St. Paul Federal, prior to retiring. Passionate about old houses and historic preservation, she researched extensively family genealogy before the days of the internet and worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the Ann Kiley Center in Waukegan, for over 25 years, serving on the parent board.

Janet was the wife of the late James R. Soens; the daughter of the late Elmer and Lillian Behrends; the mother of James W. and Jill C. (David S.) Gordon; the sister of Richard (Debbie) Behrends, the aunt of six and great-aunt of 11. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association are appreciated. Visitation was held on March 20 at Peterson-Bassi Chapels 6938 W. North Ave., followed by interment at Arlington Cemetery.

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