Janet L. Oates

August 10, 1939November 20, 2012
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Lake in the Hills—Janet Oates, 73, of Lake in the Hills passed away November 20, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin surrounded by her friends and family following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born August 10, 1939 in Highland Park to Alfred and Luella (Duerfeldt) Christensen. On April 8, 1957 she married Leonard “Len” Oates in Chicago.

She was a Christian woman who enjoyed reading, her Bible studies with friends, and was a longtime member of Hope Covenant Church in Crystal Lake. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at their property in the Wisconsin Dells. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Frank) Mata, David (Kathleen) Oates, Donald (Jane) Oates, Cynthia (Darrell) Simmons, Karen ((Rory) Cothard, Daniel (Vicki) Oates, and Steven(Danielle) Oates; her grandchildren, Frank, Nathan, and Alex Mata, Zachary and Ryan Oates, Christopher and Natalie Katrenick, Matthew and Sarah Oates, Jaclyn and Brandon Simmons, Alexis and Kyle Ramis, Rachel, Jason, Mackenzie, and Landon Oates, and Gavin Oates; and her siblings, Carol (the late Wayne) Listhartke, Edward Christensen, Alfred Christensen Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Len, and her parents.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8pm on Friday, November 23, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue from 10am to 11am on Saturday, November 24, at the funeral home. The service will be at 11am.

Interment will be in Windridge Memorial Park in Cary.

For information call the funeral home at 5-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Debbie & Randy Etzler

November 29, 2012

She was a wonderful and fun Aunt. I will miss her so much. She had a cute little giggle. I am sorry for your loss. Life don't seem like it will be the same with her gone.

Donna Morrison

November 24, 2012

Vicki & Family, so sorry for your loss, keep in mind she is now in a place of no pain and is at peace. Sending my love a suport to all of you.

Chuck and Debbie Perenchio

November 24, 2012

To the Oates family- we are sorry to read about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barbara Bychowski

November 23, 2012

Dear Family of Janet,
May the loving presence of God give you comfort and peace. I met Jan through her sister Carol in Bible Study on Saturday Morning and shared a special bond of friendship. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you in your sad time of loss.

Jane Grant-Kantor

November 23, 2012

I'm so sorry for the loss of this precious woman to your family but so pleased that she was able to see all her children grown and that her grandchildren had the pleasure of knowing their loving and precious grandmother. She left this world a little better place for having been in it.

Sue Crowson

November 23, 2012

Steve and Dani, we are very sorry about your loss, and know that this must be a difficult time in your lives to get through. Please know you're in our thoughts, and we send you loving sentiments. Love, Sue and Bob Crowson

Bonnie Lilly Kuberski

November 22, 2012

to the Oates very sorry for your loss of such a great Mother and person..all my love and prayers are with you..she now is with Lenny and they will be watching over you all...Bonnie Lilly Kuberski Argyle Wis

dan knabusch

November 22, 2012

May god be with you all at this difficult time.....this world lost a great lady....i can still hear her great laugh...

Jim Bonsignore

November 22, 2012

Two years ago we moved into the area and were blessed by getting to know Janet as our neighbor. In such a short time, we had grown to love her due to her kindness, love, and her devotion to her family. She is a dear sweet woman, we grew to love her, and we will miss her very much. We pray continually for Janet, and the family who is left to carry on her legacy while on earth.
The Bonsignore family (Jim, Amy, Ara and David)