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Janis Schade

Alton |

Janis Lea (Morris) Schade, 63, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, December 1 at home with her family by her side. Born July 28, 1960 in Alton, she was the daughter of Donald Laverne and Emma Jean (Rushing) Morris. She married her long-term partner, Howard Leggett, Jr. in February 2021 in St. Louis, MO.

A 1978 graduate of East Alton-Wood River Community High School, she continued to earn a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in International Business. A U.S. Army veteran, she was previously employed with Olin Corporation for over 20 years. For the past 25 years, she has served as a Contract Manager with Washington University. In addition, she was a real estate advisor at Grant Hickman Real Estate Advisors, St. Louis.

In addition to her husband and mother who survive, those who remain to cherish her memory include her  three sons and their spouses: Ian (Celeste) Leggett; Aaron (Stephanie) Leggett, and Lucas (Sharadon) Leggett, all of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren whom she cherished; two sisters, Denise (Dennis) Ryan, Fosterburg, IL, and Joni (Kevin) Spurlock, Bethalto, IL, and one brother, Mike (Kristi) Morris of Bunker Hill, IL; two nieces, Heather and Andrea Spurlock both of Chicago, IL; two nephews, Joshua Morris, East Alton, IL, and Jeremy (Abby) Morris, Lake St. Louis, MO; and one great niece; mother-in-law, Phyllis Leggett, Horton, MI; two brothers-in-law, Gregory (Dena) Leggett, Tennessee and Louis (Shelly) Leggett, Chicago, and one sister-in-law, Rochelle Goetz, Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her father and her father-in-law, Howard D. Leggett; maternal grandparents, Ida and James Rushing, and paternal grandparents, Finis and Lois Morris.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation rites were accorded and no services will be held.

Memorials are suggested to a charitable organization of your choice.



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