Alice Janett Foertsch, nee Rednour, 86, of Marissa, IL, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday September 29, 2022, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 4, 1936, in Winkle, IL to the late Charles and Mildred (Williams) Rednour. She was preceded in death by her late husband of 65 years, Cecil Foertsch, whom she married on July 23, 1955, and who passed away on July 14, 2020. She was also preceded in death by her sisters – Hazel Lathum, Lorene Azur and Ella Wunderlich, nephews – Randy McBride, Bobby Wunderlich and Charles Dorf and nieces – Cheryl and Kaye Black.
Alice is survived by her children – Jerry (Lesley) Foertsch and JoAnn (Eric) Reinhardt, grandchildren – Ashley (Justin) Hergenroeder, Mallory (Charlie) Palen, all of Marissa, IL and Trevor (Julie) Hudson and Julie (Erick) Klein, all of Waterloo, IL, great grandchildren, – Hunter and Tanner Elliott, Lucius, Brooklyn, Wyatt and Kaylee Hergenroeder and Corbin Hudson, her brother – Bill (Hattie) Rednour, sister – Shirley Rednour-Witthoft and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Alice and Cecil started Foertsch Pest Control and Tree Service in 1963 which they successfully ran for 35 years. In 1998 their son Jerry Foertsch inherited the business which he still owns and operates. Alice was one of the first three women to receive her pest control license in the State of Illinois. She was also the bookkeeper for the business and a homemaker. She had also worked at the First National Bank in Marissa for 5 years from 1954 – 1959. She enjoyed gardening and canning, and she loved sharing her bounty with family and friends. She was famous for her pickles, beets, apple butter, jellies and pies. Many would come to the annual Foertsch barn sale to buy her homemade items. She also raised many beautiful varieties of flowers in her garden.
Alice was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a good friend to many. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a kind and generous person who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Alice also loved animals, especially her horse, Judy which she rode for many years. She also enjoyed travelling to horse shows that her daughter JoAnn competed in with her pony and quarter horse.
She was a devoted Christian and active member of the First United Methodist Church in Marissa for 61 years until she was unable to attend. At the church, she serviced as chairman for funeral dinners for 25 years, treasurer for 25 years and financial secretary for 14 years. She was a Sunday school and youth group leader. Alice participated in many church fund raisers over the years which included making apple butter at her home, annual church bazaar and ham and bean dinners.
Memorials in Alice’s honor may be made to Vitas Hospice.
Visitation: Friends and family will be gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday October 2, 2022, at First Methodist Church in Marissa, IL.
Funeral: Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday October 2, 2022, at First Methodist Church in Marissa, IL with Rev. Cody Battefeld officiating. Burial will follow at Marissa TWP Cemetery in Marissa, IL
Heil-Schuessler Funeral; Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.