nana-janet-weidenheimer.JPGVolunteer caregiver for the “Jon & Kate plus 8” children Janet Weidenheimer passed away last week at the age of 72.

“Nana Janet,” as she was affectionately known to the Gosselin children, appeared on the TLC show frequently in the early seasons. She even rode a horse at the sextuplets’ third birthday party, video of which can be seen here. Kate once called her a “pseudo-grandparent” and the kids found her “crazy and loud and fun.”

There are no details yet as to cause of death. The funeral was scheduled to take place this past Saturday, Oct. 31 in Pennsylvania.

The hits just keep on coming for those kids, don’t they?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."