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Janet (Evans) Riegel

Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Avenue, Jackson, OH 45640

(p) 740-286-2010 (f) 740-286-5640

Janet (Evans) Riegel passed away early Monday morning January 9, 2023, at Buckeye Forest in Jackson, Ohio. She was the dedicated mother to three children whom she raised on her own: Karen Riegel, Stephen (Trish) Riegel, and Megan Riegel.

Janet was the daughter of Daniel Austin and Mary Grace Evans. She was preceded in death by her mother and dad, her sisters, Martha Murphy and Molly “Mary Katherine” Lyons, and her brother, Daniel Austin Evans II.

During her mid-20’s, Janet began working at the Benton Insurance Agency which later became Jones-Stephenson Insurance, retiring at age 70.

Words best describing this genuinely good woman include loyal, honest, responsible, dependable, practical, smart, well-read, informed, introverted, private, independent, stubborn, bold, and ethical. She was also incredibly funny, yet listening carefully was important, as her wit was both quick and dry.

Janet is survived by her children, and five wonderful grandchildren: Kathryn (Todd) Davis, Bryce (Sarah Holland) Riegel, Alexandra Alan, Kelsey Riegel, and Hannah Riegel. In addition, Janet leaves behind her fabulous sister-in-law, Sandy Evans, special nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends.

Born July 25, 1932, Janet was a lifelong resident of Jackson, and a close friend to the late Lillian Jones, who left her home to the City of Jackson as a museum. Janet served as Board President of the Lillian Jones Museum from its inception until 2016. She was a member of the Jackson Women’s League and Christ United Methodist Church. Janet was also the keeper of the Evans family history, collecting newspaper articles, photos, and letters dating back to the Civil War.

Some of the happiest times of her life were spent playing bridge with other amazing women including Joan Callahan, Mabel Poetker, Mary (Mimi) Conroy, Melva (Mel) Evans, Ruth Ann Neer, and Sally Mutzig.

The family offers a special blessing to the caretakers at Buckeye Forest, and especially to our beautiful friend Kim and sweet Kate for keeping vigil until Janet found everlasting peace.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held in the Sanctuary at Christ Church of Jackson, Ohio on January 21, 2023. Visitation with the family will begin at 11am with a service at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in Janet’s honor at the perfect location of your choice. Or you may wish to donate to the Jackson City Library, 21 Broadway Street, Jackson, OH 45640 to commemorate her love of reading, or Christ Church of Jackson, 150 Portsmouth Street, Jackson, OH 45640. Online condolences may be sent to


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