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Janet Lou Kirkby



Janet Lou Kirkby, age 69 of Lowell, passed away, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents, Duane and Audrey Hill; sisters, Pat and Cathy; nieces Lisa and Becky; and dear friend Barb. Janet is survived by her husband, John Kirkby; daughter, Katie (Josh) Hunt; sister, Pamela Hill; many nieces and nephews, and life-long friend, Sue Case. Janet served the Ionia SDA School for many years as a home and school leader, always organizing different activities for the youth. She enjoyed gatherings with her group of Blodgett gals from her days as an OB Aide, and gatherings with the Byron Center class of ’72. Janet was known for her charitable heart, giving of her time to others. She was an avid communicator, always keeping in touch with loved ones. Her most favorite times were spent chatting and catching up with her daughter, Katie. The family would like to give special thanks to friends and family who supported Janet through her battle with dementia. Visitation with the family will be held from 2-4pm on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson Lowell, MI 49331, with a memorial service starting at 4pm. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  Memorial contributions can be made to the family for final expenses.

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4 Responses

  1. I’m glad you are no longer suffering. You will be missed by myself and many other people. I’m just being a little bit selfish, but you are going to be with mom and grandma and grandpa I just wished you were still here.
    May God bless and protect you.

  2. Sending our love to John, Katie and Josh and to her extended family as well. We were neighbors, co-workers and friends for many years. Jan was a very giving and caring friend to all of her friends and family, a wonderful mother to Kate and a loving, devoted wife to John.
    She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

  3. Praising our Father for my “sister” Jan! And that she is sleeping, waiting for the lifegiver to call to her. Prayers for all that were close to her!

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