Janet Simonis Hanna

December 11, 1954May 6, 2021

Janet Simonis Hanna, 66, of Vinton, LA passed away in the comfort of her home on May 6, 2021. Janet was born on December 11, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Lake Charles in 1966.

Janet graduated from Barbe High School and attended McNeese State University for two years. In 1977, Janet joined the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1981 as a CTA2. Janet and her partner, John, enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially for deer, hogs, and nuisance critters. They shared many years together at their beautiful camp in Burr Ferry, Louisiana.

Janet was preceded in death by her partner of 26 years, John Smith; and their beloved dog Echo, parents, Mel and Avis (Wisdom) Simonis; and sister Peggy Schouten.

She leaves to honor her memory brothers, Darrell (Martha) Simonis and JB Simonis; sister, Susan (Garland) Broussard; nieces and nephews John, Jim, Kimberly, Kelley, Jodie, Jessica, and Derek; and a host of extended family members and friends.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and acknowledgements to Dr. Kevin Schlamp for his sincere and professional care, the VA, and Heart of Hospice. We are also so appreciative of the strong and valued friendships of her dear neighbors and friends from the VFW. We will grieve the deep loss of our sister, aunt, and friend, but we are so thankful to have the joy of knowing Janet has surrendered her life and given her heart to Jesus and was greeted at the gates by so many that love her.

As were Janet’s wishes, a service will not be held. Burial will be in Burr Ferry Cemetery in Vernon Parish on Monday, May 10, 2021 where Janet will be laid to rest next to her long-time partner. Services entrusted to Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


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Tari Smith Dilks

May 10, 2021

Susan and other family members. I was very saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. Even thought we did not see each other much, she came to the wake of my dad years ago and my brother last year. She had a kind heart and a gentle soul. Kathie Wedemeyer McMillan and I were going back into our memory banks and smiling at our memories. We had a séance during one of Jan’s slumber parties, I think it was the last one we ever did. We always tried to call back Marie Antoinette for some reason. I was facing the big mirror on your wall by the table. I swear I saw the dress that was in the book we had open on the table in the mirror behind me! LOL. We had good time and bad times as all teenagers do, and Jan is greatly entwined in that particular tapestry. Hugs and prayers for peace for you and the rest of your family. Love Tari