Rushville Republican

June 28, 2013

I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away

Balloon launch for Janelle

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

---- — Friends and family of Rushville’s Wonder Woman Janelle Bedel gathered at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory for a balloon release.

Janelle’s son, Carson, launched the first balloon, a special one for his mom.

“Janelle Bedel wanted this launch to be about spreading Meso awareness and launching others to help in her cause. It wasn’t about her. It was about being brave enough to let go, hold onto memories and to make sure we didn’t forget the others facing the same fate. Please remember this always!” said Janelle’s friend, Allison Hughes.

Janelle Amy Bedel, 37, of Rushville passed away from mesothelioma June 19, 2013 at her residence with family at her side.

Janelle was diagnosed with stage 2 mesothelioma in 2007 and her long battle has been chronicled in the pages of the Rushville Republican and in the hearts of the community of Rushville.

How Janelle contracted this form of cancer is a mystery. It is commonly due to being exposed to materials containing asbestos.

Stories about Janelle’s journey can be found on our website at

Memorial contributions may be made to ADAO, 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318, Redondo Beach, Calif., 90278.

– Rushville Republican