Janet M. Bauknecht, 93, of Bellaire, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Valley Hospice South’s Liza’s Place in Wheeling, West Virginia, surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 13, 1925 in Wheeling and was the daughter of the late Ross T. and Sarah Elizabeth Carnes. Janet was a 1944 graduate of Bellaire High School. During her school days, she met her future husband, Walter C. Bauknecht Jr., when he asked her to attend a dance with him in the eighth grade. The couple wed in 1946 and were married for nearly 40 years until his death in 1985. While Walter served in World War II, Janet attended Fairfax Hall, a finishing school for women, in Waynesboro, Virginia, where she studied music. She graduated in 1946. Upon his return, the newlyweds lived in Pittsburgh while Walter attended mortuary school. They later returned to Bellaire, where they worked and raised their growing family. Janet was the former owner of Bauknecht Funeral Home. She was a friendly face at the front desk in the Bellaire location. She was a member of the Bellaire Presbyterian Church, where she was a longtime choir member and a former elder. Janet also was involved in several clubs and community organizations, such as the local bridge club, the hospital auxiliary and Child Guidance club. She was a proud past supreme president of the Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority Delta Chapter, too. Her other hobbies were reading, playing solitaire and bowling.
As a mother, her children fondly recall trips with her to the family’s summer home in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Visits to Walker’s Homemade Ice Cream and Ebbert Farm Market were highlights of their visits. As a grandmother, she didn’t miss a school event, dance recital or other milestones.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Janet is preceded in death by her sister, Helen Carnes. She’s survived by three daughters, Patty (Steve) Valloric; Betsy (Donald) Russell Sr.; and Cathy (Sam) Sirianni, all of whom never hesitated to help with their mother’s care with grace and compassion during the last 11 years. Other survivors are two sons, Jon (Donna)
Bauknecht and Walter “Skip” (Patty) Bauknecht; three grandchildren, Sara, Justin and David; nieces and a nephew; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 441 37th St., in Bellaire, from 2-8 p.m. Friday. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Pete Walburn and the Rev. Christina Kestner officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Bellaire.
The family would like to thank Janet’s caregivers at Belmont Manor and Valley Hospice South Liza’s Place.