Willeke Janet Faye Willeke, age 54, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, August 11, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. On April 13, 1959, Janet was born in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of four children of Robert "Bob" and Faye (Campbell) Willeke. As a family, they moved from Worthington to Mount Gilead in 1968. She attended Mount Gilead schools and graduated in the Class of 1976. Furthering her education, Janet attended Otterbein University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communication. Next, she earned her master's degree at the Ohio State University to become a speech language pathologist (SLP). She will be fondly remembered by her parents, Bob and Faye Willeke of Mount Gilead; two brothers and a sister, Dave (Alice) Willeke of Lexington, Sue (Paul) Middaugh of Mount Gilead, and Mark (Marsha Adkins) Willeke of Lexington; eight nieces and nephews, Meghan, Mitchell and Mason Willeke, Nicholas Middaugh, Dannelle and KatelynnWilleke, and Paige and Chase Stover; and by her loving companion and special friend, Mark Grasmehr of Edison. The Willeke family will greet friends from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. High St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will immediately follow there at 11 a.m., with Rev. Lori Burdette-Steele officiating. She will be put to rest in Rivercliff Cemetery privately by her loving family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Building Fund, and to Habitat for Humanity of Morrow County, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home. SNYDER FUNERAL HOMES of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Janet's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 19, 2013