Janet Aline (Ator) Smith

Born: Sat., Jun. 12, 1948
Died: Thu., Aug. 27, 2020


Celebration of Life to be held at a later date


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Janet Aline Smith, age 88 of Pittsfield, IL passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Griggsville Estates in Griggsville, IL. She was born October 21, 1931 to Alonzo and Gladys Norine (Kneeland) Ator in Griggsville, IL. She married the love of her life, Robert R. Smith, Sr. on June 12, 1948 in Denver, CO and he survives.

Janet attended Griggsville school and waitressed at a local restaurant before and after school. Janet also worked at various jobs including Pittsfield Sale Barn, The Hilltop Truck Stop Restaurant, concessions stand at the Pittsfield Speedway. She also worked side by side with her husband at S Bar H Western Wear Store, Smith Tire Company, and Best Systems Builders Her most favorite job was being homemaker and care-giver of her family.

Janet was a member of the United Methodist Church of Griggsville. After relocating in Pittsfield, she attended the United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, She truly enjoyed helping with their annual turkey dinner.She was a girl scout and a boy scout leader. Janet helped with many sports banquets throughout her children’s lives. Janet always welcomed her children’s friends and many of them called her “Mom” Janet was big into genealogy, loved poetry, was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing board games with her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards and was in her height of glory when she won! Janet’s husband and family always came first. You were always welcomed in her home. She loved to cook and was always wanting to feed you even if you had just eaten a four course meal!

She hosted a big family dinner any chance she could and was famous for her cinnamon rolls. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren anxiously awaited their birthdays because they knew they would get some of her delicious oatmeal or sugar cookies.

She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Bob, Sr.; daughter, Robin Callihan of Griggsville, IL; sons, Bobby (Chris) Smith of Pittsfield, IL and Richard (Elaine) Smith of Pittsfield, IL; grandchildren, Lori Bradshaw, Tami McDonald, Todd Smith, Matt Smith, Michael Smith and Nikki Fish; great grandchildren, Brendan Bradshaw, Kaleb Bradshaw, Brady Taylor, Cara Taylor, Mason Bolton, Marlee Bolton, Madison Smith, Dae Lyn McDonald, Gavyn McDonald, Kayla Smith, Dalton Smith, Skyler Smith, Blade Smith, Jacob Smith, Ryan Smith, Frank Smith, Olivia Smith, Isabel Smith, Silas Smith, Caroline Smith, Gabi Fish and Jackson Fish; and sister, Jennifer Butler of Panama City, FL.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo and Gladys Ator; daughter, Barbara Smith; grandchildren, Angie Taylor, Heather Callihan, Grace McDonald and Gabe Smith; sons in law, Terry Callihan and Gearold Smith; sister, JoAnn Heidbreder; brothers in law, Hal Heidbreder and Keith Smith; and sister in law, Darlene Smith.

Per Janet's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the Griggsville Estates or the  West Cemetery of Pittsfield, Illinois.  Niebur Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.nieburfh.com

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Rhonda Niebur Goins
   Posted Sat August 29, 2020
Rich, Elaine, Bob and Families,
I am so sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. Please accept my condolences.

Rhonda Niebur Goins

Barbara Goertz
   Posted Sat August 29, 2020
Sorry to here of Janet Passing






Dennis & Debbie (Cawthon)Galbreath
   Posted Sat August 29, 2020
Dennis and I are so sorry for the lost of Janet. We are praying for God to give you all the comfort and peace you each will need, God Bless!! Dennis & Debbie Galbreath

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Robert and all extended family,
Thinking of you all at this sad time of your loss. Janet sounds like a wonderful wife, Mother, and Grandma.
My prayer for your peace and comfort, may God Bless you all.
Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie


Teresa Hatten
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences for your family’s loss. Thinking of you all.
Tim and Teresa Hatten

Mike and Trish Bradshaw
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Janet was such a sweetheart. Always so welcoming and devoted to Bob. We'll miss her infectious smile and wonderful stories! Our condolences to the family.

Theresa Lacey
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
To the entire Smith Family, thoughts and prayers for your loss.

Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Bob & family , I am so sorry for the loss of your Sweet Janet. I Loved her like all of my fellow co-workers at QMG. Love you Bob. She will be sadly missed. I Loved getting to know her as well as you Bob over the past 9 plus years. You are very dear to our QMG family. God Bless ! My thoughts & Prayers are with you. Debbie LPN/LAB

Jennifer Butler
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
I have always loved my sister and have been so grateful for allowing me to have all of her progeny to enhance my life so very much. Looking forward to being with her for eternity. RIP my sweet Jan!

Bernadette E
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Bob & Chris,

I am so sorry for the loss or your mother! She sounds like a remarkable woman!
Praying God comforts all of you in this time of such a great loss!

Peggy Hobbs
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
My sympathy goes out to Bob and all of the family. I never seen Janet without a smile on her face. Peggy Hobbs

Jay & Janna Craig
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
So very sorry for your loss of Janet. She was a great person and was always smiling. I’m sure she’s left your family with lots of great memories you’ll cherish and have to pass on memories of. Our thoughts are with you. Jay & Janna

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Sending our sincere condolences at the loss of your loved one

Roger and Karen Fox
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
So sorry to hear this! Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Janet was a jewel and will be sorely missed. May God comfort you in this difficult time!

Mark Dempsey
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
So very sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful lady very dear to me .
Many treasured memories from Cub Scouts , grade and high school sports to my employment at S Bar H .
Sincere condolences and hugs to all of the family.
May Janet rest in eternal peace.
Love Mark Dempsey

Don & Annelle Kirk
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
Dear family, we are sorry to hear of Janet's passing. She was a warm, friendly lady with spunk. I know you have many memories to share and ponder. Praying for peace and comfort for entire family. God Bless, Don & Annelle

Sandy & Chuck Walker
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
To Bob, Robin & ALL of Janet's family members,
We are so very sorry to learn of Janet's passing.
May God comfort you during your time of loss.
May All the memories and photos you have taken throughout the years help to ease your. .
pain and loss of Janet.

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Sat September 05, 2020
Please accept our prayers and thoughts on your loss of Janet. She will be very much missed.

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