Janet Bahler

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Janet Bahler passed away on Oct. 18, 2013, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook, Ind.
Mary Janet was born in Champaign, Ill. to Paul and Cecelia Brusnahan and moved to Rensselaer when she was 10 years old. She attended St. Augustine School and Rensselaer High School, where she met her husband Chuck - both graduates of the class of 1949. Following that, she went to St. Francis in Joliet then joined Chuck at Purdue University. She graduated from Purdue with a degree in economics and remained a loyal Boilermaker (that's putting it mildly) throughout her life, as well as a proud Alpha Delta Pi.
Later, she became a secretary and teacher, then found her true calling as a florist. Her window displays at Brand's floral are still remembered by many Rensselaer residents. After she and Chuck married in 1953, they lived in Los Angeles (Whittier), Calif. where Chris and Maggie were born, quickly followed by Melbourne, Australia, Akron, Ohio, where Chip was born, and Farmington Hills, Mich.
She was an active member of the Red Hats as well as a Daughter of Isabella. They returned to Rensselaer in 1996 after Chuck retired, where she enjoyed volunteering at Jasper County Hospital, St. Augustine's and at various local events on behalf of the Jasper County Historical Society. She was also a gifted painter, as shown through her membership in the Prairie Arts Council and active participation every summer at "art camp." She was a past president of the Fountain Park Art Colony and loved her time at Chautauqua in Remington. Chuck and "Pook" traveled around the world twice, and later in life enjoyed places like Alaska and Banff, Alberta, Canada. Pook loved antiques, DQ barbecue sandwiches and going to the Busy Bee for any kind of frozen yogurt. Most importantly, she cherished her many long friendships some of which spanned over 70 years.
She had been a resident at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center since suffering a stroke in late 2006. Even though she lost her power of speech, she was still able to "communicate" with her bright smile and her sparkling blue eyes. Her sense of humor also remained intact. We will be forever grateful to the people there who took such incredible care of her. They truly made her last years dignified, meaningful and very, very special.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Chuck; her son Chip and his fiancée Kimberlee; her daughter Maggie and new son-in-law Chuck; her dog, Willi; and grand-dog, Griffin; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ceil; and her son, Christopher.
She loved flowers, but if you wish to make a donation, please give generously to St. Augustine's in Rensselaer or George Ade MHC in Brook. Visitation will be held at Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 2-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial to be held at St Augustine's on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rensselaer.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to sign the online guests' registry and leave condolences.
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Published in the Rensselaer Republican on Oct. 21, 2013
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