We remember Jeannie Hayes. As we say goodbye to a beloved coworker and friend, Jeannie Hayes, we will always think of a person who brightened our days and lifted our spirits.

Jeannie was the co-host with Sean Henry on the B103 morning show. In addition to that, she was a producer and reporter for the NBC affiliate here in Rockford, WREX.

Jeannie fit a lot into the short 29 years she spent with us. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana, graduated from Marquette University, and seven years ago made Rockford, Illinois her home.

Jeannie worked for us of a couple of times over the last few years. We first got to know Jeannie as she filled in working with Sean in the morning for a three-month period in 2009. Then, last year, we enticed Jeannie to join Sean full-time. It was a move that was great for the radio station and equally fun for Jeannie.

Jeannie's honesty, frankness, and complete innocence was a breath of fresh air not just to all of us, but to the listeners in Rockford. Today people crave authenticity – and that was Jeannie.

We know that we will miss Jeannie on B103. We know that we were lucky to work with her, even if it was for one short year.

Jeannie had two grown sisters and two wonderful parents – we know that she will be missed by all of them. As one of the sweetest, kindest, and most genuine people we will have ever gotten to meet - we know the people of Rockford will miss Jeannie Hayes.

Jeannie Haye's family felt it was very important that the people that worked and knew Jeannie best had a chance to participate in her funeral. They have decided to hold it here in Rockford. Saturday (10th) morning there will be a viewing between 9AM and 11AM at Holy Family Church on North Alpine. Beginning at 11AM Jeannie's funeral Mass will follow. The funeral will be open to the public.


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  1. Shelly posted on 11/09/2012 09:31 AM
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. She was such a sweet wonderful person. She will be missed.
  2. Kate A. posted on 11/09/2012 10:08 AM
    This news makes me so sad! I loved seeing Jeannie's beautiful smile on TV and enjoyed many drives to work while listening to her and Sean. God bless your soul, Jeannie.
  3. BRITTANY posted on 11/09/2012 10:16 AM
    She brightened my morning; my heart goes out to her family, during this difficult time.
  4. Julie posted on 11/09/2012 11:00 AM
    My prayers go out to Jeannie's family. She will be greatly missed. I listened to her and Sean every morning and loved learning about football right along with her. :-) Rest in peace beautiful woman.
  5. Donna posted on 11/09/2012 11:52 AM
    God Bless Jeannie and her family. She will be deeply missed. I enjoyed listening to her and Sean on the drive to work in the morning. I was so deeply saddened to listen to Sean this morning as he tried to hold it together without his sidekick. God Bless you Sean!
  6. Kim posted on 11/09/2012 11:58 AM
    What a loss! I absolutely love her positive attitude and outlook on everything. She and Sean are a wonderful team to listen to in the mornings.
    She will surely be missed by all your listeners.
    Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.
  7. Sue posted on 11/09/2012 11:59 AM
    It's hard to comprehend such a vibrant, young spirit, is gone so early in life. My thoughts go out to her family.
  8. SUE posted on 11/09/2012 12:27 PM
    Jeannie will be missed by many. My daughter got to know Jeannine and what an inspirational person she was. She always had a smile to share.My prayers are with the family.
  9. Cindy posted on 11/09/2012 12:30 PM
    I am so sorry to read this. This is my first time listening to your station and was very sadden to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeannie's family and her co-works.
  10. Gail posted on 11/09/2012 12:43 PM
    So sorry to hear of such a young beautiful person going through all that she had to. It's hard to understand why a young life was cut so short but she did touch so many lives in her short time here. Thoughts and prayers to all her co-workers and family at this most difficult time.
  11. Barb Jones posted on 11/09/2012 01:04 PM
    My thougths and prayers go out to Jeannie's family and co-workers. I loved listening to her and Sean every morning on my way to work. She was such a vibrant young lady. My morning drive will not be the same. May you brighten heaven with your smile and wonderful spirit Jeannie.
  12. Stephanie posted on 11/09/2012 02:08 PM
    I'm very sad by this news, I enjoyed listening to Jeannie & Sean every morning! I loved her personality. I will miss her very much. My prayers are with her family.
  13. Linda posted on 11/09/2012 02:20 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeannie's family. I loved listening to her in the morning while I worked. Her innocence and gentle spirit were a breath of fresh air. Sean sometimes gave her a hard time for her unwillingness to judge others. I will miss her steadfast goodness.
  14. Elaine posted on 11/09/2012 02:45 PM
    Jeannie will certainly be missed! I think she must have been an angel sent down to show us how we should be and now it was time for her to go home. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
  15. Patty Baker posted on 11/09/2012 03:03 PM
    My thoughts and Prayers are with Jeannie's Family and Friends. Was so sad this morning when listening to Sean try to tell everyone and keep it together. I listened too Jeannie and Sean every morning on my way to work, she was always so chipper, and positive....She will be missed. Stay strong Sean,thoughts are with you also.
  16. Pat Maybee posted on 11/09/2012 03:34 PM
    I will miss listening to Jeannie and Sean in the mornings. She just perked me up always and made my day. RIP Jeannie miss you forever.
  17. cassidy&lisa posted on 11/09/2012 03:47 PM
    my daughter and i would listen to b103 every morning, my daughter loved calling in answers for the "morning mind bender" & one morning we got lucky and got to play "jeanies college of hollywood knowlege" . we never missed the morning show. we will miss hearing jeanie in the morning, our thoughts and prayers go to her family, she touched many lives.
  18. Shelley posted on 11/09/2012 04:07 PM
    To Sean... I was driving to work when I heard you tell that Jeanne passed away. I cried with you, my friend.... you 2 had such great chemistry in air! I loved Jeanne's College of Hollywood Knowledge! I've had Taylor Swift's song playing in my head all day.

    To everyone at the station... my deepest sympathies.
  19. Kim posted on 11/09/2012 04:44 PM
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep Sean, all of you that worked with her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. I too enjoyed listening to her lively voice along with Sean. Peace be with you all at this very difficult time.
  20. Barb Watts posted on 11/09/2012 05:08 PM
    I was so sad to hear the news this morning from Sean as I drove to work. I listened to Sean and Jeannie every morning and really enjoyed their conversations. I will truly miss hearing her, making my drive to work enjoyable every day.
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