Janet S. Near

  • Born: August 28, 1941
  • Died: September 26, 2014
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Janet S. Near, age 73 of Sterling died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.

Janet was born August 28, 1941 in Mendota, the daughter of Maurice D. and Eleanor (Baumgartner) Herbach. She worked at G.E. in Morrison for many years.

Survivors include one daughter, Sherry (George) Welker of Sterling; one son, David Near of Sterling and two grandchildren, Sierra and Gage.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

A private family graveside service will take place at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Remembering you is easy I do it everyday. Missing you is a heartache that never goes away. Miss you Mom 1 year already

Posted by sherry - sterling, IL - daughter   September 25, 2015


Dear Sherry and George:
We did meet a number of years ago, before your mother started on dialysis. I went to school with Jan and Jim through St. Mary's and Newman and together with a third friend, David Kooy, we made the Sterling Theatre a little richer on Friday and Saturdays together with a few other friends. Jan had the most contagious laugh and we made sure she laughed a lot. All who knew her now share an emptiness of so many memories. The last time I saw your mother was about three years ago at David Kooy's funeral. She looked wonderful and I commented on how much she reminded me of her grandmother....if she had had a baseball bat she would have clubbed me with it !!! But her smile was the smile of her Grandmother who llived with them for a while in Sterling. Gentle peace to you all in memory of Janet.

Posted by Tom Reilly - Beloit, WI - Friend of Jim and Jan   October 05, 2014

Just wanted to post something about that absolute strongest person I have ever known. Her courage and fight thru all the decades of health issues prove that the human spirit can prevail if it wants to. I know for a fact her fight was for her children and especially 2 very important people Sierra and Gage. I am a better person for having known her and lucky to be a part of her life for the last 24 years............ Rest In Peace

Posted by George - Son in law   October 02, 2014


Sherry & George and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our Mom's were good friends, I am glad our paths crossed. Call me sometime if you want to talk... take care.

Posted by Rick, Chris & Noah Rucker - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   September 29, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Janet was a Newman classmate.

Posted by Sharon McKee Fuglestad    September 29, 2014

My sympathies to Janet 's family...she was a classmate at Newman

Posted by Jane M Kaup - Chicago, IL - Classmate   September 28, 2014


Mom, our hearts still ache In sadness and secret tears still flow, what it ment to lose you no one will ever know.

Posted by Welker family - Sterling, IL - daughter   September 28, 2014

A true angel of a person is now an angel for all time.

We will miss our "grandma Jan"

Posted by The Dawson family - Polo, IL   September 27, 2014