Janet L. Baker (nee Limbach), 80, a long-time resident of Leawood, passed away peacefully April 21, 2016. Janet was born April 15, 1936, to Hilda (nee Lohmeyer) and John Francis Limbach in Concordia, KS.
Janet attended Concordia public schools and the College of Emporia, and spent her Junior Year Abroad at the American University of Beirut under the sponsorship of the Presbyterian Church, USA. She received a B. A. in English Education from Kansas State University and an M.A. in English Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City. In 1959, Janet married Philip A. Baker. Throughout her career, Janet taught all ages of students, from pre-school through college.
Janet was active in Village Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon, chairperson of the Justice and Peace committee, and participated in Micah Ministries. Her Junior Year Abroad experience sparked Janet’s life-long love of travel. Trips abroad included Europe, Cyprus, and the Middle East. She made many life-long friends with people from different countries and cultures. Additionally, she was an active member of Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (C.J.M.E).
Janet is survived by her daughters, Melissa Baker Nimke (Bill) of Mequon, WI, and Kristin Baker Larpenter of Highlands Ranch, CO. She also leaves her four grandsons who were the highlights of her life – Will Nimke, and Alex, Kip and Teddy Larpenter. Janet is also survived by her nephew John Stone (Judy), and their three daughters and families, and many close, long-time friends. Janet was preceded in death by her parents John and Hilda Limbach, sister Bonnie Elaine Stone, and nephew Gregory Scott Stone.
Per her wishes, a celebration of Janet’s life will be held this summer at Village Presbyterian Church – date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566