Janice Kirkham

Janice LeAnn Kirkham

Thursday, June 8th, 1933 - Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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Janice LeAnn Kirkham (Austensen) 85, passed away on May 16th, 2019. She was born June 8, 1933 in Battle Creek, the daughter of Ivan and Edith Austensen. She graduated with the Lakeview High School class of 1951.

Janice married the “love of her life” Burton K. Kirkham in August of 1951; he sadly preceded her in death on May 2, 1994.

Right after graduation Janice worked for Wolverine Insurance. She continued to work and model for Gilmore's Dept. Store and Jacobsen's for many years. She and her husband, Burt owned and operated The Spa Steak House here in Battle Creek until closing in 1983. Janice then went to work at Golden Ave. Law Offices, J.C. Penney's and her job at Meijer up to the age of 83.

Janice was a 60 year Member of Beta Sigma Phi and a member of First Congregational Church. She enjoyed reading, cross stitch; she loved animals, to be outside, and in her early years; camping with family, especially in Mackinaw City, and Skiing in Colorado.

She is survived by her children all of Battle Creek; Charles (Donna) Kirkham, Brian (Diane) Kirkham, Kimberly (Stephen) Morse, and Michelle Demaso. 24 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren and one more on the way. Janice was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother; Gerald Austensen, her sister; Beverly Beebe and her granddaughter Kristine Suedmeyer.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held at Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service, 375 W. DIckman Road on Friday, May24, 2019 from 12:30-2. Immediately following there will be a private family interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Binder Park Zoo or the Humane Society of S. Central Michigan in Battle Creek.
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    Friday, May 24th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, May 24th, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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Becci Dockum

Posted at 11:26pm
I am deeply saddened to find out about that passing of Jan. She was one of the very sweetest nice people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I worked for the Spa Steak House many yrs ago where I first met her. Was great to work for. Then we worked together in later years at OT's up and smoke. What a kind and loving lady she was. May she rest peacefully. prayers to you all

Kirk Austensen

Posted at 09:19am
Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Aunt Jan will be remembered with much love.
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Posted at 01:38pm
Janice was a very classy lady to work with and the only one i have ever known that reads a book standing up

linda L miller

Posted at 09:50am
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Janice. I was a coworker with her at jcp and she was such a sweet and compassionate young lady. it was a joy to work with her for so many years. I enjoyed seeing her after we left jcp at meijer when I would go shopping. rest in heaven Janice. prayers for the entire family

Kristina Smith

Posted at 09:43am
Brian, Kim and Michelle I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special friend for so many years. I will always cherish our group of four and our trips for our own private conventions. Her love for casinos and Lake Michigan and just being together. I know that she has now joined your Dad and can only imagine that reunion, He was the love of her life and now they are together again. May your memories of her help sustain you through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kristina Smith

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