Jeanette Ann Showalter, 77, formerly of Oak Park, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 2, 2022 in the assisted living apartment she shared with her husband, Vernon, in Palm Coast, Florida. Born in Chicago to James and Libby Mach on May 4, 1945, she grew up in Cicero and graduated from Morton East High School in 1963.
After high school, she became a Registered Nurse, then went on for her MSN degree and eventually her school nurse certification. From visiting nurse on the South Side of Chicago, to nursing instructor, to school nurse, she loved each path of her work journey.
Jean and Vernon married on April 22, 1972. Soon after they moved to Oak Park from Chicago and spent the next 12 years there. They were active in both First United and Calvary Memorial churches in Oak Park. Jean was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for Rebecca and Cub Scout leader for David and Philip. She was involved with the schools and women’s club and filled in as a substitute nurse for Holmes Elementary School.
When they moved to Oregon, Illinois in 1989, they became very active in the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren and were instrumental in establishing their community food pantry. She worked full time as the Oregon Community School District nurse for over 20 years. They remained active in both church and community throughout retirement and even upon their move to the Windsor Assisted living facility in Palm Coast, Florida in 2016.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Vernon Showalter; their children, Rebecca (Christian) Ginter, David (Jennifer Vianello) Showalter, and Philip (Kristi) Showalter; her grandchildren, Benjamin and Vonn, Olivia and Libby; her sister, Marcy (Charles) Jahr; and many other family and friends.
A celebration of life will be scheduled for spring or summer of 2023 in Cadott, Wisconsin, where she will be laid to rest in the Bohemian National Cemetery with three preceding generations of her family, including her parents.