In Memory

Janet Kay Neikirk (Schlemmer)

Janet Kay Neikirk (Schlemmer)

Janet Kay Schlemmer (nee: Neikirk), age 70, at rest February 5, 2022.

Cherished wife of Francis for over 47 years. Loving daughter of Rosemarie and Lester Brown and the late Maurice Neikirk.; dear mother of Jennifer (Michael) Sarno, Christopher Schlemmer and Brian (Andrew Semelbaur) Schlemmer.  Grandmother of Gabrielle and Isabella Sarno. 

 Loving sister of Barbara (Richard) Rathgeb, Brenda (Wynndel) Buenger , Donald (Michelle) Brown, Debra (Paul) Penning, Mary Kilpatrick and Susan (Bruce) Bathe. Fun loving Aunt to 5 nieces and 5 nephews.

Janet was a school nurse for Community Consolated School District in Burr Ridge for the last 28 years.   

Visitation Thursday February 10, 2022 3PM~8PM at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL. Funeral Friday February 11th 9AM prayers at the funeral home to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westmont, Il. for Mass at 10AM.  All services will conclude at the Church.  

In lieu of flowers donations to either Ronald McDonald House:, Hinsdale Humane Society:, or Brookfield Zoo: would be appreciated.  For info 630-325-2300 or

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02/10/22 02:52 PM #1    

"E" Wilson Burdorff, Jr.

Omigosh... I was so saddened to learn of Janet's death.  I clearly recall her sunny disposition - and her laugh - while we were in AHS... and during our freshman year at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. 

Rest In Peace, Janet.  You are not forgotten.

02/20/22 12:37 PM #2    

Jean K. Webb

I am so sorry to learn of Janet's death.  In those days so long ago at Alton High, she was my friend.  And I always hate to learn of more people I've cared about gone from this world.

I looked just now at my '69 Tatler and saw her note to me.  It seems that we had a number of classes together.  But what stood out was Latin 3.  There were only a very few of us nerds who decided to take Latin beyond year 2!  The group included Janet (at least for year 3), Holly Herrmann Banks, and Cindy Bechtold.  These were kindred spirits!  And the names Terry Leonard and Richard Unterbrink occur to me as well -- though I can't count on my memory of those days so long ago.  And Janet was a good friend of my dear friend Terry Keasler.  I think they may have bonded in Chem-O?  

I hope knowing that Janet is remembered fondly by someone so many years later will be a comfort to her grieving family.  Rest in peace, Janet.  

02/24/22 07:02 AM #3    

Paul Miller

I haven't seen Janet since college days, but it makes me very sad to hear of her passing.,   Her long years as a nurse in serving the community is a testiment to her giving and generous nature.   She will be missed and my thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.  

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