Gena Marie James

October 13, 1973August 17, 2013

Gena Marie James, 39, of Springfield, passed away early in the morning on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born in Montclair, New Jersey, October 13, 1973 the daughter of Eugene and Christine Madison Helwig. Her mother and her grandparents preceded her in death

She married Donnie James in Springfield March 13, 2013, and he survives. She is also survived by her daughter, Mackenzie Lercher of Green Valley, IL, her father, Eugene Helwig, a sister, Kimberly (husband Paul) Wetnight both of Brazil, IN, a half-sister Robin Rector of Washington, a half-brother, Kord Dickson of California, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gena worked for Nation Laboratories and was a graduate of the Midwest Institute of Technology Gena enjoyed everything about motorcycles. She was a devoted Harley Davidson rider. Gena owned a custom Harley and showed it extensively. She won several awards and was very proud of the photo lay out of her bike in a magazine. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and was always there for them. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

A celebration of Gena’s life will be held Friday at Webbles 4136 N. Peoria Rd. Springfield, IL beginning at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions in her memory to the Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County.

Please visit Gena’s “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 217-544-5424


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 23, 2013

Gena Marie James

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September 5, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Gena's family. Miss Gena was in Miss Amy's class and I did not have the honour of knowing her very well. May you be in God's resting hands. Sincerely Jane Pharis past instructor

Big Mc

September 2, 2013

I still look but I know you will not be there .you ride with the angels . I will love an miss youyou


September 1, 2013

You are gods most beautiful angel

Paul Wetnight

August 30, 2013

Paul Wetnight

August 30, 2013

Kathy Yockey

August 24, 2013

So sorry for your loss Kim & Paul. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Djuana Denton

August 24, 2013

Thoughts and prayers to your daughter and family...RIP Gena.

Andy Stacy Horman

August 23, 2013

I will miss your great smile. We are soo grateful we got to enjoy the fun times had together. We will miss you greatly. God Speed girl. We love you Gena. You will always be in our hearts.

Janell McClanahan

August 23, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a great person .. you will be missed dearly gone to soon prayers for her family ...

Jimmy Bonefeste

August 23, 2013

R,I.P. Gena . You truly were beautiful on the inside and outside. Didn't know you along time but long enough to know that . My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and many many friends whose lives you touched in a short period of time. I am proud to say I knew you and got to ride with you. You will be missed but we all have great memories that live on that we will share forever! May you be at peace !