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Jeanette Elsie German

Birth Date: August 28, 1930
Death Date: February 13, 2018

Jeanette Elsie “Net” German, 87, of Harristown, IL, joined her dear husband in God’s arms on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

Visitation will be from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Friday, February 16, 2018, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church,

Jeanette began her wonderful life journey on August 28, 1930, in Robinson, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Elsie (Matheny) Watson. After graduating as valedictorian of Shelbyville High School, she married Wilmer Elmer German on June 12, 1948 in Shelbyville, IL.

In the early 1960s, Jeanette was employed as an accountant by Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville, IL, and earned her associates degree in accounting during night classes while she was a full-time working mother of four elementary to high school-aged children. She worked as an accountant at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Decatur for 21 years, retiring in 1987. She also worked for the Macon County Highway Department from 1989 to 1996, and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office from 1997 to 2007. Many Decatur residents knew Jeanette for her part-time work as the smiling and welcoming cashier at Home Town Buffet in Forsyth.

Jeanette loved attending First Evangelical Lutheran Church where she became a member when the family moved from Jacksonville to Decatur in 1966. She enjoyed word puzzles, playing cards, cooking, sewing, knitting, square dancing, Elvis Presley songs, long drives in the countryside and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and actively supported Cub and Boy Scout activities for many years in Jacksonville and Decatur. Most recently, she worked as a volunteer at the Decatur Senior Center.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Wilmer. She is survived by children William J. German of Tampa, FL; Larry A. German and wife Sylvia of Battle Creek, MI; Edward R. German and wife Nannette of Harristown, IL; Bonnie J. Huddleston and husband Jerry of Harristown, IL; Cindy S. Boulier and friend Jeremy of Decatur, IL; 15 grandchildren and more than 30 great- and great-great-grandchildren; sister Annabelle Johns of Shelbyville; sister-in-law Imogene Watson of Shelbyville, brother-in-law Wayne E. German and wife Glenda of Dwight, IL; sister-in-law Skip German of Gifford, IL; brother-in-law Fred Myers and wife Mary of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Watson.

Video Tribute for Jeanette Elsie German:

February 16, 2018
5:30 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Funeral Service
February 17, 2018
10:00 am
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2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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  1. I had the privilege of meeting Jeanette early in my career at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. She was a very kind person and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. Then in the later part of my career I was blessed to meet her son Ed, who is one of the most fascinating people you could ever meet. You can immediately tell the connection of the mother to her son. She and her husband had contributed to society by raising a family that’s goal was to make our world a better place. My sincere condolences are extended to the family!
    Thomas Schneider
    Macon County Sheriff (Retired)

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