Jana was born October 13, 1957, in Taylorville, Illinois to Sandra Jo (Fries) and Joel N. “Nick” Cooksey, Jr. Throughout her childhood, she and her family moved frequently and considered many places home including Winnfield and Franklin, Louisiana, along with Marion and Carlinville, Illinois. She was an active Girl Scout, spending several summers working as a camp counselor and she enjoyed ballet and tap dancing along with horseback riding while growing up.
Jana graduated from Carlinville High School in 1975 and obtained two Bachelor degrees, the first in 1979 from Western Illinois University in Macomb and the second, a degree in Occupational Therapy, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1985.
While living in St. Louis and working at Barnes Hospital, Jana met her husband, Joe Knor. They were married on September 2, 1989, in Carlinville, Illinois. Her career as an occupational therapist took the couple to many parts of the country including Columbia, Missouri; Ferndale, Michigan; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Missoula, Montana before moving to Lebanon, Tennessee in 2011.
Jana loved the outdoors along with her many cats and dogs. Her hobbies included fly fishing, hiking, arts and crafts and genealogy. She was also in the process of expanding her career into geriatric occupational therapy. She was also an active member of the Lebanon First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband Joe Knor (Lebanon); her mother, Sandra Fries Cooksey (Godfrey, Illinois); three brothers: John (Stephanie) Cooksey (Spring, Texas), Greg (Wendy) Cooksey (St. Charles, Missouri) and Chuck (Carol) Cooksey (Marshfield, Missouri) along with her two nieces: Cassandra Cooksey (Long Island City, New York) and Erin Cooksey (St. Louis, Missouri); three nephews and their families: Joshua (Travis) Cooksey (St. Louis, Missouri), John Nicholas Cooksey (Houston, Texas) and Ryan (Elizabeth) Cooksey and their three children Brayson, Carder and Claire (Marshfield, Missouri). She was preceded in death by her father, Joel N. “Nick” Cooksey, Jr. of Marion and Carlinville, Illinois, her maternal grandparents, Reba (Hendrickson) and Elmer W. “Tuggle” Fries, and her paternal grandparents, Margaret (Lewis) and Joel N. “Joe” Cooksey, Sr., all of Marion, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to either the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, New Leash on Life in Lebanon, Tennessee, or in her name to the donor’s favorite charity.
The family wishes to thank Pastor Ryan Bennett and the congregation of the Lebanon First United Methodist Church for their love and support of Jana and her family during her illness.
Jana will be cremated and a celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615)444-2142 and information will be available at www.ligonbobo.com