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Santa Marie A. Janssen

June 20, 1951 - May 8, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Santa Marie A. Janssen, 57, of Springfield died at 3:33 p.m. Friday, may 8, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital.

She was born June 20, 1951, in Springfield, the daughter of Carmen and Drucilla Nunn Dinardo. She married Thomas Tom Janssen on Aug. 26, 1972.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bernadette Davis; a brother, Pete Dinardo; and a brother-in-law, Tom Brennan.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Tom Janssen of Springfield; two sons, Jeremy (wife, Kate) Janssen of Springfield and Nicholas (wife, Angela) Janssen of Naperville; four sisters, Ada (husband, Tony) Henn of Chatham, Peb Brennan and Mary Dinardo, both of Springfield and Angela Veach of Riverton; four brothers, Carmen Dinardo of Springfield, Sam Dinardo of Lincoln, Joe (companion, Mary Williams) Dinardo of Springfield and Gene Dinardo of Rochester; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She worked for Springfield School District 186 as a certified parent educator with the Parents as Teachers Program.

Santa was a member of Southside Christian Church and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She was a past board member of Parent University and was active with the editorial board for its newsletter. Santa also volunteered with many organizations over the years, including the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery and she was a champion for many children’s causes.

A memorial gathering will be held form 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Chitwood and Pastor Clayton Tinervin officiating.

Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Springfield School District 186 Early Learning Center for at risk children who need assistance gaining acceptance to the Early Learning Programs.

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