Janet Elizabeth Taylor Batuk



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Janet Elizabeth Taylor Batuk, age 95 born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 9, 1927, of Lowell, Michigan departed this world peacefully on Friday, December 8, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Claude; parents, Frederick and Dorothy Taylor; brother Fred H. Taylor; Aunt Elaine, sister-in-law Gloria Taylor. Janet is survived by her children, James (Regina) Batuk, Kathryn (Ralph) Rensi, Philip (Celeste) Batuk, Nancy (Herbert) Meissner, Carole (Scott) Kemerer; grandchildren, Casey (Rob) Rososko, Kate (Tim) Wendt, Michael Rensi, Joel Rensi, David (Casey) Coleman, Brian (Lisa) Coleman, Erica (Daniel) Bedich, Alexandra Meissner, Hannah Meissner, Curt(Kristin) Kemerer, Tyler Kemerer; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Magnolia, Grace, Hailey, Ethan, Chloe, Lila, Aaron, Ashley, Alex, Samuel, Matthew, Henrik, Natalia; cousins, Margaret Boyett, Mary Bowen; Nieces and nephew, Susan Brown, Barbara Taylor, Fread Taylor; and grand dog Lulu.

Mom was affectionately known as Grandma, Grandma B, Jan B, and Gigi. She was a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, Class of 1949. Janet and Claude got married in 1950 and worked while raising their family until Janet retired in 1989. Afterwards, she moved to Florida to take care of her mother. She relocated to Arizona in 2005 to be closer to her son Phil and his family. She resided there until August of 2020 when she moved back to Michigan to live among her other children. Always a woman of strong faith, Janet found solace in daily readings of the Bible. She always had a passion for reading and there was always a book in her hand. Janet read a remarkable 648 books since her return to Michigan. In addition to reading, she enjoyed exercise, going to the cinema to enjoy a movie, watching golf and football, and playing cards, especially bridge, euchre, and rummy (almost always winning!). She was in several choirs in her community and church. Mom loved to dance and entertain others whenever she had the chance, especially dressing up in colorful costumes. Her love for conversation was amazing and will be greatly missed. She was kind and thoughtful to everyone she met. Janet was a member of the Ladies VFW and American Legion Auxiliary. Janet was renowned for her vast and impressive vocabulary, as well as her dedication to fact-checking. Her love and pride for her family knew no bounds, and extended endlessly to all of their accomplishments.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, April 6, 2024, service at 11 am with visitation one hour prior at Peace Church, 6950 Cherry Valley Rd, Middleville, MI 49333.  A private interment service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park Livonia, MI. If you would like to make a memorial donation, you can contribute to Fountain View of Lowell at https://baruchsls-fv-lowell.kindful.com.

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6 Responses

  1. To say she lived a great life and left a fine legacy is an understatement. She was loved and will be missed.

  2. So sorry Kathryn for your loss. What a huge and wonderful family. Yes, what a legacy. Prayers for Janet and your family.

  3. God bless your family Kathryn. It sounds like your mother led a very interesting and full life-what a legacy! May her memory be a blessing for generations to come.

  4. So sorry for your loss! God gained another angel! May or Lord comfort you and may His peace be upon you all. God be with you!

  5. On behalf of the VFW Auxiliary 3227 in St. Cloud, FL, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family.
    Janet was a member with us for 32 years.
    May she RIP

  6. We are so very sorry to have missed this memorial service for Janet. Know you are in our hearts and prayers. She was a lovely soul inside and out. ❤️

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