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, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jeanette was born March 23, 1952, in LaHarpe. 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 Niabi Zoo, in Coal Valley. She was editor of the Aquatic Mammals journal for 10 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 (Dottie) and Carl Thomas; and treasurered nephew, Eric Thomas.