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Janet Barber IHM

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Janet Barber IHM Obituary
May 14, 1925 - January 31, 2017 Janet Barber, IHM (Sister St. Luke) died in the company of Community members at the Immaculate Heart Community Residence in Los Angeles on January 31. She had been a member of the IHM Community for 58 years. She was born in Oakland, California, to Frederic and Dorothy H. Barber; her only brother, Robert, of Los Gatos, CA, predeceased her. Janet graduated from U.C. Berkeley phi beta kappa and taught in the Foreign Language Dept., Salinas Union H.S. for ten years. At the time she was a Quaker, a member of the Carmel Valley Friends Meeting and a volunteer for several years with the American Friends Service Committee Mission in rural Mexico, where she fell in love with Mexico and her people, and gradually became aware of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in 1958 and taught Spanish at Our Lady Queen of Angels H.S., then was a Professor of Spanish for 20 years at Immaculate Heart College. At IHC she helped initiate the program for preparing bilingual teachers. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from USC. As a volunteer at Paulist Communications, Janet initiated their Spanish radio ministry and produced a full range of Spanish programming. This was followed by eight years in the media department of the National Association for Hispanic Elderly where she produced slide shows, graphics, and translations of political, economic, and health materials. Her immersion into studies of Our Lady of Guadalupe led her to do research in Mexico, and she translated into English the original document regarding the 1531 apparitions. She lectured with slide presentations in English and Spanish in churches, universities, and schools and published articles in the U.S., Mexico, and Argentina. Her devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe led to her life-long studies, travels, lectures, and publications. Janet worked for five years at the Los Angeles Chancery, writing a book in Spanish on Our Lady of Guadalupe, which she illustrated with her original linoleum blocks. Her creative work also involved writing and illustrating a children's book, graphic designs, and other art forms. She was a scholar, a story teller, and an artist, lover of animals and nature. Her keen intellect, ready wit, and sense of humor enlivened gatherings of friends, students, and community members. Her soft spoken carefully crafted speech revealed her ability to listen and to respond with deep understanding, wisdom, and clarity of thought. She was a faithful member of the IHM Upper Room charismatic prayer group. She cherished her friendship with Michelle de Beixedon, IHM and was grateful for community life at the IHM Residence. Janet is survived by her niece and nephew, Loree Vitale of Los Gatos, CA and David Barber of Monte Sereno, CA. The Eucharistic celebration of Janet's life will be at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2060 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, 90027, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20. To honor the life of Janet Barber, IHM, donations may be made to the Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2017
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