Janet Anderson

Janet Anderson

SAVOY – Janet Arlene Anderson, 83, of Savoy passed away on Saturday (Aug. 5, 2017) at home.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., Champaign.

She was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Berwick, Pa., to Glenn and Vida (Adams) Belles. Jan was one of four siblings. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1950, and then graduated from Williamsport, Pa., Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She met Ansel Conrad Anderson while working at Warren State Hospital, and they were married on June 11, 1955.

She is survived by her son, Alan (Brenda) Anderson of Rantoul; five grandchildren, Courtney Mann (Brandon Sisney), Todd (Ashalie) Mann, and Derek (Karri), Andrew and Justin Anderson; and four great-grandchildren, Paityn, Bricyn, Cannyn and Farron. Other survivors include her sister, Eloise (Lewis) Miller of Berwick, Pa.; brother, Neil (Joyce) Belles of Wilmington, Del.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Gail Mann; son-in-law, Steven Mann; and brother, Duane (Chris) Belles.

She spent 25 years active in nursing at hospitals in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Illinois, including Carle and Burnham. She was also an office nurse for Dr. Charles Shepardson for 17 of those years. She actively worked to promote public health issues including the public health referendum that provided services in the Champaign County area. She was a key member of Friends of Public Health and active in Community Health Partnership and Champaign County Healthcare Consumers. She served as a board member of Cunningham Children's Home. She was elected to the Champaign County Board in 2000 and served until 2012. In this capacity, she was the liaison to the Champaign County Mental Health Board. She served five years on the Champaign County Nursing Home Board of Directors. She also served as the Human Services Committee vice chairwoman and Justice and Social Services chairwoman.

She was an active member of numerous religious and social service groups, including First United Methodist Church, League of Women Voters and Common Cause. She served leadership roles including president of the United Methodist Women and treasurer of Church Women United. She received the 2004 Tolly-Cramer award for social action, 2006 CCHCC Government Leadership Award and 2016 CCHCC Lifetime Achievement Award.

With her husband, Janet traveled extensively in the United States and internationally. She enjoyed hiking, camping, ballroom dancing, crossword puzzles, playing with grandchildren and discussing politics.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cunningham Children's Home and Courage Connection.

Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is in charge of arrangements.