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Jane Henson

Apr 23rd, 1943 - Mar 13th, 2024

Funeral Mass: 1 p.m. on Saturday March 23, 2024, at St. Stephen Catholic Church

Interment: St. Stephen Cemetery

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. on Friday evening at Frank & Bright Funeral Home & 12 noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church


      Jane Ann Henson, age 80, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday evening, March 13, 2024, at her home.

      She was born April 23, 1943, in Flora, the daughter of James Carroll and Virginia Lucille (McGannon) Sulsberger.  She was united in marriage to Phillip L. Henson on December 9, 1966, in Flora, and together they have shared 57 wedding anniversaries.

      Jane was a 1961 graduate of Flora Township High School.  She had worked as an office manager at Clay County Rehabilitation for 18 years and she truly enjoyed interacting with all the clients.  Jane’s greatest passion was her family and she cherished time spent with her children and grandchildren.  She was a brilliant cook, often preparing big meals for her loved ones.  The Sulsberger children lost their mother on Christmas day in 1962, and Jane, at the age of 19, bravely assisted her father in caring for her younger siblings.  She fondly reminisced about the times spent with her brothers and sisters in their younger years and how she wouldn’t have missed those precious years.  Even as she started her own family, Jane continued to provide love and support for her siblings and their families.  She was an active and devoted member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora where she served as a trustee.    

      She is survived by her husband: Phil Henson; daughter: Libbie (Jeff) Oakes; son: Blaine Henson; grandchildren: Noelle Fopay, Kate Fopay, Alison Rudy (Tyler West), Jaidyn Henson, and Colton Henson; great-grandchildren: Liam Bloehs, Lillian Fatheree, Dylan Fopay, Ellie Howe, Wren Howe, Sedona Coin, and Wyatt West; 4 brothers: Jim (Sandy) Sulsberger, Dan (Sally) Sulsberger, Lou (Beth) Sulsberger, Bob (Becky) Sulsberger; 2 sisters: Pat Ridgeway and Ginny (Steve) Rudy; and her beloved fur baby, Grace.

      She was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law: Herb and Marie (Phillips) Henson; granddaughter: Claire Elizabeth Fopay; 2 sisters: Connie Kirby and Helen Powless; daughter-in-law: Joey Cummins Henson; brother and sister-in-law: Floyd E. and Priscilla C. Henson; niece: Alison Henson Smith; nephew: David G. Sulsberger; and a great-niece: Violet Powless.

      A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 23, 2024, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Flora with interment to follow in St. Stephen Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday evening at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora and from 12 noon until 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church.  Memorial donations are suggested to Swann Special Care Center, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence, visit: 



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Carl and Brenda Bandy

March 14th

We are so sorry to hear of Jane's passing. But, she is an angel in heaven now. Our prayers and thoughts go out for all family members. Sending all of you hugs and love.❤

Becky Bonville

March 14th

Phil and Family - my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am so thankful that you had so many wonderful years together. ✝️🙏❤️

Terry Igert

March 14th

We are so sad to hear about Jane! We will be praying for God's comforting arms to help you!!! Love you all

Shawn Higgason

March 14th

Rest in peace sweet lady. I’m so blessed to have known you! We shared a lot of laugh’s together when we worked at ccr. I will always hold you near and dear to my heart. My condolences to your family, you will be so missed!

Mary Reynolds

March 14th

My condolences to the family 🙏

Steve and Cindy Valbert

March 14th

Phil and family, our most sincere condolences. Jane was such a sweet and nice lady. Praying for you all.

Terry Igert

March 14th

We are so sad to hear about Jane! We will be praying for God's comforting arms to help you!!! Love you all

Steve and Nancy Mink

March 14th

Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

Bud & Linda Martin

March 14th

Phil & Family; Sulsberger Family: We are very sorry for your loss. I worked with Jane for ten years at CCR. She was so much fun to be around. Jane was loved by everyone there, both staff and clients. I always told her she could’ve been a model…she was always impeccably dressed, makeup was perfect with never a hair out of place and nails prettily polished. Not only was she beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. She was such a good friend to me. She will be missed by all who knew her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers now and the days ahead. RIP sweet Jane❣️

Traci Ellis

March 14th

Jane was a kind sweet soul with a lovely smile. One of the most beautiful of Clay county. Sending prayers of comfort to Phil,Libbie and all the family. May God bring you all comfort and peace. Much love. 🙏

Lisa Erbacher

March 14th

May God give you all peace and comfort now and forever. Jane had a beautiful smile...lit up a room. She will be missed.

Mike & Deb (Hall) McKinney

March 15th

So sorry to hear this. She will be missed.

Gene and Connor Miller

March 15th

Thinking of the family and Phil. Our prayers are with each and every one.

Alan and Norma Buck

March 15th

Sympathy is extended to the Family , Friends and Community. A Fine Lady has passed.

Rob & Angie McKnight

March 15th

So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace for the family.

Judy Lusk

March 15th

Rest in Peace sweet and beautiful lady You will be missed by all who knew you and you will not be forgotten. My condolences to all of her family. We pray that God will bring comfort to each of you during this difficult time.

Charlotte Wheeler Loving

March 15th

Love and prayers to my classmate Pat and the family. From experience, I know the loss of a sister hurts. I understand the pain. God love you!

Tom Owens

March 15th

She always held a spot in my heart being smitten by her in 5th grade in our two room St Stephen school. I cherish the fond memories. May she rest in peace.

Janet Schack Carlock

March 15th

I was sorry to learn that Jane had passed away. I knew she was a devoted servant to many. She will be dearly missed.

Rosemary W Thompson

March 15th

Our condolences to the entire Sulsberger family upon hearing of Jane's passing. We shared many good times at FTHS and she was one of our beautiful bridesmaids. We send strength and love to all of her family. Affectionately, Rosemary and Marvin Thompson

Doug & Debbie Slover

March 15th

A beautiful and gracious lady, she will be missed by many but we are blessed to have known her and her lovely family. Our sincere sympathies along with hugs and prayers for Jane’s family and friends.

Walterene Pearce

March 15th

MY gosh so very sorry.. to all the family.. Jane beautiful..caring. And a friend to all. Bless u all..

Jane Snyder

March 15th

So sorry to learn of your great loss! May God provide comfort and healing as you move through this difficult time!

Susan Vaughn

March 15th

I am so sorry to hear about Jane. Sending prayers of comfort to you the family.

Jennifer Smith

March 15th

Heartfelt sympathy to you, Phil, and to all the Sulsbergers, near and far. Jane was a wonderful friend and classmate and I will remember her fondly.

Bruce and Seferina Van Pelt

March 15th

So sorry for your loss, Jane was always so sweet. Eternal light shine upon her, may she rest in peace.

Paul and Jo Ann Rose

March 16th

So sorry to hear. Prayers for comfort for all the families!

Ken Dingman

March 16th

I was saddened to see that Jane had passed away. We were classmates at St. Stephens and Flora High. My sympathy goes out to the Henson and Sulsberger Families.

Jill and Kevin Billingsley

March 16th

So sorry for your family's loss. May God give you comfort and peace during this sorrowful time. 🙏❤️

Ron and Donna Gambrel

March 18th

Jane was such a special person. She will be missed for all the people that knew her. Prayers for Phil, Libbie and Blaine.

Brent Schroeder

March 18th

To all of your family, I send my love and prayers for you all. Jane was a beautiful , classy gal inside and out. God will give you comfort .

Fred & Lynne Gocey

March 19th

So very sorry for your loss. Jane was a kind, sweet lady who I always enjoyed visiting with. Prayers for all of you.

John Oglesby

March 19th

Deepest condolences and sympathy to Phil, and prayers for all of the family and friends.

Trudy Hart

March 21st

Sending prayers to Phil and all the family. Sending my love and heartfelt condolences from Florida.

Mark E. Henson

March 22nd

Aunt Jane was a person who always made me feel welcome and invited into her home. She had a welcoming smile and was always very hospitable. We were all family together. There were no separations as family. Aunt Jane was very good at this oneness. I appreciate this about her and her welcoming smile that she always had. She always took time to visit when I arrived and to make me feel important to her. Thanks that we were all able to share our lives together, Aunt Jane.

vicki laird

March 24th

prayers to the Henson and Sulsberger families. Jane was like a big sister to me as she and my sisiter Shirley were great friends. She can now care for Claire in heaven.

Becky Stanford Stocke

March 22nd

Jane was a neighbor growing up and long time friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. Prayers. 🙏

Joe and Jody Mink

March 21st

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.



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