Janet Lorene Eckerle of Greenville, IL departed this life in St. Louis, MO on July 12, 2017 having reached the age of seventy years, ten months and seven days. Janet was born in St. Louis, MO on September 5, 1946, daughter of James Paul Fowler and Geneva Mae Fowler nee Waller. On March 25, 1971 she was united in marriage to Francis "Roy" Eckerle, known to all as Roy, and their families were joined as one.
Janet is survived by her sons, Joe Stephens and wife, Linda, of Lonedell, MO and Jim Eckerle and wife, Jamie, of New Haven, MO; by her daughters, Teresa Tourville and husband, Mike, of St. Clair, MO, Janice Marks and husband, Chris, of DeSoto, MO, Michelle Helton and boyfriend, Donald "Junior" Robertson, of St. Clair and Donna Eckerle of Greenville, IL; by her step-son, Allen Eckerle and wife, Cindy, of New Haven; by two sisters, Birdie Lofgren of Phoenix, AZ and Connie Polite of St. Clair, MO; by her close friend, Sonny Erickson of St. Clair and Paula Dell of Lonedell, MO; by twenty-three grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends..
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, James and Geneva Fowler; by her husband, Roy Eckerle; by her brother, Paul Fowler; and by one sister, Donna Davenport..
Janet was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was co-owner of HQ Army Surplus and Stuff, a gun and bait shop in St. Clair and later in New Haven. Which had proudly served the communities for over thirty years. She enjoyed doing word searches, drinking pepsi and watching NCIS and Law and Order on television. Janet was a mom to more than just her own children and never missed a school event for her children. She loved hosting barbeques and once invited so many people that she had to make potato salad in the bathtub. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts..
A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her..
Visitation was held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family c/o Russell Colonial Funeral Home..