Janis M. "Jan" Finley

April 30, 1952August 18, 2019

Janis M. “Jan” Finley, 67, of Washington, Illinois, formerly of Centralia, Illinois and the Beardstown area, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 5:37 a.m. at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. She was born on April 30, 1952 in LaHarpe, Illinois to Vernon and Penolia “Peggy” (Goodridge) Lickey. She married Dan Wessel and later married Gary N. Finley on September 18, 1999 in Brooklyn, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2014 in Centralia, Illinois. She was also preceded in death by her father. Jan is survived by her mother, Peggy Lickey of Macomb, Illinois; four children, James “Jay” (Kristy) Wessel of Beardstown, Illinois, Julie Anthony of Boise, Idaho, Jennifer (Darren) Thies of Missoula, Montana and Jill (Travis) Pruvost of Washington, Illinois; two step-children, Robin “Rob” Finley and Kimberly (Ron) Wernsman both of Centralia, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Karly, Katelyn, Christopher, Alexander, Finneas, Tait and Corbin; Four step-grandchildren, Josh, Jeremy, Kenda and Nick; one sister, Anita (Curt) Durham of Peoria, Illinois and one brother, Lyle Lickey of Modale, Iowa. She was a registered nurse for over 25 years last working at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. Jan had many interests including arts and crafts, nature, bird watching, tending to her plants and flowers and caring for animals. She enjoyed living on the lake and boating. She loved being with family and especially with her grandchildren and attending their events and games. A celebration of life service will be at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Central City Baptist Church, 304 S. Broadway, Centralia, Illinois. Pastor Ashley Olinger will officiate. A memorial gathering will be from 1:30 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. Sunday at the church. Private inurnment will be at the Antioch Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois. The Davison Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin, Illinois is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Strong Against or to TAPS. You may create an online condolence at


  • Vernon Lickey, Father
  • Penolia "Peggy" (Goodridge) Lickey, Mother
  • James "Jay" (Kristy) Wessel, Children
  • Julie Anthony, Children
  • Jennifer (Darren) Thies, Children
  • Jill (Travis) Pruvost, Children
  • Robin "Rob" Finley, Step-Children
  • Kimberly (Ron) Wernsman, Step-Children
  • Kyle, Karly, Katelyn, Christopher, Alexander, Finneas, Tait and Corbin, Grandchildren
  • Josh, Jeremy, Kenda and Nick, Step-Grandchildren
  • Anita (Curt) Durham, Sister
  • Lyle Lickey, Brother
  • She married Dan Wessel and later married Gary N. Finley on September 18, 1999 in Brooklyn, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2014 in Centralia, Illinois. She was also preceded in death by her father.

  • Strong Against or to TAPS


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, August 25, 2019


Janis M. "Jan" Finley

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Vickie Maxwell

August 23, 2019

I met Janis almost a year ago when we started working together.. She became a friend and not just a coworker right away.
She was one of a kind., witty, such a hard worker, so kind and tenderhearted and so spunky!!!. Sometimes we would laugh so hard we cried and other times deeper conversations with prayer requests included.
She often brought food in to work, noodles and brownies and that awesome Texas cake!!
Once she brought in brownies and she said "ladies, I brought brownies.....they are old, been dropped on the floor, and put in the back seat and I threw my purse on them"
Then she added "oh, they were wrapped up so they are fine"
We ate them and they were better than fine, they were delicious
She loved her family and talked about them often.
Janis, I'm so glad I got to know you. You are loved and missed sweetie

Lisa Mincy

August 21, 2019

Jan was a great person in everything she did. She was one of my great influences in my nursing career. Jan was there as a friend to help coach me through the birth of my third child, as she was off duty, but would not leave until she was born. A truly great person has left the world and will be greatly missed by anyone that knew her. Fly High Jan!!! You deserve the rest from this worlds burdens.

Lynnette & Jon Eastlake

August 20, 2019

Even though we only met Jan a few times we could tell that she shared a loving bond with Finn and of course Jenny and Darren. It's extremely sad that she left the world so soon. Our thoughts go to her family and friends.

Marilyn Baskett

August 20, 2019

Jan was a sweetheart. She was a wonderful daughter, mother, friend, excellent compassionate nurse, loving grandmother, loving wife and she spread rays of sunshine where ever she went. I know she is with Gary now. She believed in God’s love and was a true Christian. My heart goes out to her family whom she loved so much.

Joe Mellor

August 20, 2019

Jan was best babysitter ever! She will always be in my thoughts.

Juanita Peterson-Bainter

August 20, 2019

Losing Jan breaks my heart. Not only were we cousins, but she was a best friend. We had lost track of each other but reconnected the last few years. We talked to each other on Messenger every week. She was spirited, fun, funny with a good sense of humor and a rock for me through breast cancer and the decline and recently, the passing of both of my parents. She was always there with open arms and a listening heart. She loved her children and grandchildren and shared stories of them with me often. She adored her Mother. My deepest sympathies to Peggy, Jan's children and grandchildren and her many friends over the years and family. I won't be able to attend services as I am recovering from a recent knee replacement but my heart and prayers will be there with her family, to send her off to her beloved Gary. Jan, I don't know what I'll do without you in my life, your strength, encouragement, laughter and support. You left us much to soon. Rest in Peace my beautiful cousin and fly high Angel. I'll love you forever and more.

Crystal Creasy

August 20, 2019

Jan was a mother figure for me as a child during a time when I needed it most. I will never forget the kindness and compassion shown to me and my sisters. She had such a beautiful soul and I'm so thankful we were able to reconnect on facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, children and grandchildren. My heart breaks for all of you!

Karen Stauffer

August 20, 2019

Praying for Janis' whole family. I went to school with her in Rushville and always knew her to be smiling and able to bring fun into anything we were doing. I'm so saddened by this news. Gain strength from God's Spirit and love.