Jeanette Waltz, formerly of Eldorado


BETHALTO, Ill. – Jeanette Waltz, 93, of Bethalto, died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the Villas in Hollybrook.

She was born on April 16, 1928 in Eldorado, Illinois, the daughter of Leslie and Annie (Hammersley) Downey. She married James “Jim” Waltz on July 13, 1946. He predeceased her.

Jeanette graduated from Kitzmiller Beauty College and later owned and operated Bethalto Beauty Haven with her sister, Vernita. She loved her job and her clients. After retiring as a hairstylist, she pursued her real estate license and sold real estate for Major Real Estate for several years.

Jeanette was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Bethalto and a former member of Berean Baptist of Bunker Hill. She was an avid gamer in her youth. Throughout her life, she spent many hours crocheting beautiful afghans for her loved ones. She and her husband delivered meals to homes and were active in the Bunker Hill Seniors Group. More importantly, she taught those around her the true meaning of love.

Survivors include his three children, Gwen (David) Smith of Edwardsville, Kevin (Mona) Waltz of Godfrey, and Kellye (Michael) Harkey of Bethalto; one sister, Genevieve Farris of Indianapolis, Indiana; 12 grandchildren, Ryan Waltz, Corey Waltz, Jacob Waltz, Aliska Hammon, Shawn Hammon, Lauren Smith, Kayce Waltz, Emma Moore, Turner Marquis, Drew Marquis, Michael Harkey, Joshua Harkey and Kelley Sherwood; several great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Along with her parents and her husband, Jim, she was predeceased by a son, Ron Waltz and his wife, Nancy; two sisters, Vernita Lasseter and Vernell Smith; three brothers, Emil Downey, Edward Downey and Carol Downey; and a granddaughter, Natalie Hammon.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bethalto and/or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences and guest book are available at


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