Dr. Jeanette Thomas, 66, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly at her home on Monday, July 16, 2018. No funeral services are scheduled at this time. Per her request, Jeanette’s body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Association in Chicago to assist with future medical study and research. Cremation rites will be accorded at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the charitable organization of your choice. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Jeanette was born on March 23, 1952 in LaHarpe, Ill.. She was a remarkable woman, traveling the world doing research from ice floes in the Antarctic and from tuna boats off the coast of California, as well as Hawaii. While teaching at Western Illinois University, she offered classes at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and the Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley. She was editor of the Aquatic Mammals journal for ten years.
She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Her memory lives on in her legacy.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Rael Slavensky; cherished children, Galen and Julienne Thomas-Ramos; dear brothers, Brian and Carl Thomas and treasured nephew, Eric Thomas.