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Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN

OBITUARY

Janet V. Riessler

March 13, 1936May 18, 2019
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Janet Vannatta Riessler devoted wife, mom and mama died peacefully at her Brentwood home on May 18, 2019 after a brave battle with cancer.

She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio on March 13,1936 to Wayne and Blanche (Hess) Vannatta. Jan graduated from THE Ohio State University. Where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Jan is proceded in death by her son Kurt R. Riessler Jr. and brother Marvin Vannatta . She is survived by her husband of 58 years Kurt R. Riessler, two daughters Karla (Brett) Jacobson, Kara (Dan) Mehigan , sister Jeneal Burrows, grandchildren Kirsten, Adam (Alexandria) Rachel, Erik Jacobson, Sean, Drew and Kaleigh Mehigan, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice or Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

  • DONATIONS

  • Alive Hospice or Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, May 27, 2019

Memories

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Janet Hill

May 31, 2019

I first met Jan in the '90's when Kurt and my husband, Gerald, worked at Avco together.
A personal friendship developed over the next few years.....and wow, how fortunate were we to enjoy many wonderful times together!

When the Houston Oilers football team came to Nashville, we all jumped on board and became avid Tennessee Titans fans, attending all the home games and making several road trips.....even following them to the Super Bowl in Atlanta!

Jan's love and pride for her family was unmatched, she and Kurt traveled all over the country to attend birthdays, graduations and weddings!
Her kindness and generosity were one of a kind. She would often include Gerald & I in family events and our trips to Naples were always a highlight of our times together.

However much Jan loved the Titans, her first love was always her beloved Buckeyes!
I have no doubt she will be cheering them on from her new resting place in Heaven.

Jan was a dear friend and Gerald & I will miss her terribly. She will be in our hearts forever.



Rita Powers

May 26, 2019

Jan was literally one in a million. I have never met anyone so full of love, truly concerned for others, and downright fun all at the same time. She made you smile no matter the circumstances. She knew how to support people and bring out the best in them. I recall so distinctly her running me around Nashville when I was a student, dropping off my papers and rushing me to the airport, not to mention the myriad of weekends at their home, which was open not just to me, but to my friends and family as well. And they all were made to feel special. But that’s the love that Jan had for her family. She loved her family so much that all of their friends and family became extensions. I am eternally grateful for everything about her. I love you, Jan. ❤️ Rita

Linda Eshelman

May 22, 2019

We met in 1948-49 in Jr. Hi at Mount Vernon High School. Jan was so tall, thin, blonde,& quiet with a lovely singing voice. All of which I am not...I was kinda jealous but once you knew Jan... you loved her. We were in choir, and clubs and finally cheer leaders through out the fun years in school. My boyfriend, a student at Kenyon College, was looking for a cool girl for his frat brother and I suggested Jan for this young good looking guy named Kurt. What a great match. I went to their wedding,,,many years later 3 of Jan's high school classmates drove to Nashville for her daughter's wedding... we have spent 13 class reunions together.. this year would have been our 14th ( graduated 65 years ago) . We have talked on the phone at great length and visited when possible. Girlfriend...I am really going to missing you...but both of us being good Christian women... we will meet again. Meet me at "The Gate" ! Love you girlfriend.

Aaron Lorence

May 21, 2019

I remember the few times I stayed at their house while visiting with Ivan and family. Her kindness, generosity and hospitality were one of a kind. She will be missed.

Love Aaron 💙

Kelly Huntley

May 20, 2019

When I graduated Highschool, Aunt Jan gave me a bronzed looking egg shaped container that read, "Egg Money." I completely loved it, then made sure I put pennies, dimes and nickels into it, because she obviously knew something I didn't. Love Always Aunt Jan ❤️. Love you, Kelly.

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