Jeanette Floyd (Cummings), age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday September 13, 2023, with her children by her side after a brief battle with cancer. Jeanette, a lifelong Joliet resident, was born on February 17, 1954, as the first child to the late Eugene and Rosemary Cummings (Broderick). Others that went ahead of her include son Michael Floyd (died and donated organs on June 24, 1985), son Thomas Floyd (died 2018), sister Maureen Cummings (died 1960), and brother Jim (surviving Kathy) Cummings (died 2009).
Jeanette is survived by daughter Jayme (Jason) Marquardt of Waukee, Iowa; son Matthew (Ashley Rodriguez) Floyd of Shorewood; sister Mary Ann (Kevin) Cronin of Lemont; brother Kevin Cummings of Joliet; and sister Laura (Louis Flori) Cummings of Reston, Virginia. Jeanette is also survived by her six adored grandchildren: Bailey, Jason Jr., Broderick, & Jayleigh Marquardt, and Isabella & Jaxon Floyd. Others that will mourn her loss include in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, many dear friends, and former spouse Larry Floyd of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jeanette was a devout Catholic who remained faithful despite many of life’s adversities. Her grace, courage, and kindness will be remembered by many. Jeanette graduated from Providence High School in 1972 and went on to be a dedicated employee to the United States Postal Service for 23 years, retiring in 2016 as an operations technician with the Postal Inspection Service. Above all, Jeanette was a devoted and loving mother whose greatest joy came from spending time with her family and watching them grow up.
Jeanette’s optimistic and cheerful demeanor will be missed by all who knew her. She was an avid card player, especially enjoying Euchre and Bid Euchre. She also loved trivia and wrote random facts in notebooks around her house with the hopes of going on a gameshow one day. Jeanette had many adventures with the Country Glen Bunco Babes, but she was never on the navigation team due to the one time she got a little “lost” in Mexico. Jeanette was fun and had a wonderful sense of humor, even when discussing her obituary.
Jeanette was a beautiful person inside and out. She enjoyed traveling, shopping (especially with her sisters), getting her hair and nails done, indulging in milk chocolate, but most of all spending time with her family. She specifically valued watching her grandchildren’s activities and was so proud of her entire family.
Two of the countless things that Jeanette’s family will miss are her ability to make a mean lasagna and her sharp memory. She was humble, generous and a true example for all of us, always showing up for the people in her life and putting them first.
Jeanette’s family would like to thank Lightways Hospice, University of Chicago Cancer Center, and caregivers Rochel and Rhea for their care and support.
A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023, 4:00-8:00 PM at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd., Joliet, IL. Family and friends will meet at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2212 McDonough St., Joliet for a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 10:00 am with Fr. Michael Lane officiating. Interment of Cremains will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Joliet.