Jeanette Frances Cannon (née Krema), 75, died on Feb. 5, 2022 after a long battle with a brain tumor. Born on April 20, 1946, in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, to the late Marie and John Krema, she grew up there and on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Although she lived in Oak Park and Forest Park after her marriage, she was a Chicagoan through and through, receiving her B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University and her master’s degree from DePaul. She taught for many years in Archdiocese of Chicago schools but also worked at Marshall Field’s, Marriot Hotels, and the Art Institute. She used her teaching skills while administering a youth education program for Lions Clubs International and in standardized test development for various publishers. 

Her dedication to working with children extended to her volunteer work at the Chicago History Museum, which she dearly loved, and at the Oak Park Conservatory. She loved to sing. Over the years, she sang with the Northwest Choral Society, the Oak Park/River Forest Symphony Chorus, and the St. Catherine/St. Lucy Parish Choir, among others. She sang for many weddings, too, including those of some of her friends and nieces. 

Wherever she lived, worked, or sang, she made friends, many of whom were still her friends at the end. She was one of those rare people who actually loved her neighbor more than herself and proved it every day. 

Jeanette is survived by Patrick Cannon, her husband of 35 years; two step-children, Patrick Jr. and Elizabeth Cannon (Boyd Klingler); two sisters, Mary Derdzinski (John) and Gerri Ciucci (the late Dominic); seven nieces; and too many other relatives and friends to count. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated for her at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 at St. Catherine/St Lucy Church (38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park), preceded by visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Attendees must be vaccinated, boosted (if appropriate), and wearing masks. Interment will be private at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. 

Memorial donations in her name should be made to the Chicago History Museum, at

Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home in Forest Park.

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