October 9, 1932 - January 26, 2020
Rosary and Visitation: 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at Thompson’s Harveson Cole Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Memorials: Donations in Janet’s name can be made to Holy Family Catholic School, 6150 Pershing, Fort Worth, Texas.
Janet Lill Caero, 87, joined her parents and many siblings in heaven on January 26, 2020. She was at home, surrounded by her family.
Janet was born October 9, 1932 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the 9th of 13 children of Loretta Graf Lill and Joseph C. Lill, M.D. She attended St. John the Baptist and Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, and Barry College in Florida. In 1953 she married José Caero, of Cochabamba, Bolivia at St. John the Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. Janet and José lived in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Cochabamba, and San Diego, before finally settling in Fort Worth in 1964 with 5 children. In Fort Worth, their youngest child was born. While raising her 6 children, Janet was a dedicated member of Holy Family Catholic Church and School, volunteering and leading whenever the opportunity presented itself. She taught all her children how to play tennis and coached the tennis team when her children played at Nolan Catholic High School.
When all her children were in school, Janet returned to college, and she received a full scholarship to TCU. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from TCU with a degree in Social Work. Janet then received a full scholarship to UTA, where she received an M.S. in Counseling, again graduating Magna Cum Laude. She began her counseling career in the Fort Worth ISD. In 1986 Janet and José moved to Washington D.C., where she worked for several years as a counselor for the Arlington Virginia School District. When they returned to Fort Worth, Janet again worked for the FWISD as a counselor until her retirement.
Janet lived her life to the fullest. Her Catholic faith guided all aspects of her life. She said the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily and attended daily Mass. She instilled in her six children a devotion and faithfulness to the Catholic faith. She enthusiastically participated in the lives of her grandchildren – attending school functions, cheering at hundreds of their tennis matches and basketball games, taking them on trips, etc. Janet was a Gabriel Angel, helping women in crisis pregnancy, and was an active participant in the local pro-life community. Her volunteer endeavors are too many to mention. Janet not only guided her family by words, but very clearly by her actions. Her days were full of work, prayer, family, and helping others. Janet was the most awesome example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on how to live a joyful, faith-focused life. Through all her actions, Janet had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She and José enjoyed traveling and went to over 30 countries, focusing their travel on many Catholic pilgrimage sites. Janet and José were inducted into the Nolan Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2017, as a result of their outstanding life achievements in exemplifying the school motto, Esto Dux – “to be a leader”.
Janet is survived by her husband, José; her children, Joseph Caero, M.D. (Roxanna), Maria Conley, Martha Jacobi (John), Steve Caero (Cathy), Tricia Hunter (Keith), and Laura Altus (Steve); her grandchildren, Jennifer, Joey, David, Carolyn, Madeleine, Adrienne, Brian, Kevin, Elizabeth, Laura, Stephen, Patrick, William, Mary Margaret, Stephanie, Catherine, Matthew, Sarah, Michael, Thomas, and John; and nine great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Charlotte Nill, Suzanne Steel, and Nancy Eifrid.