Janet Bilke

Janet Bilke

Sunday, June 2nd, 1946 Friday, May 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Janet Irene Bilke (Setterington)

Janet Irene Setterington Bilke left this world on Friday, May 29, 2020 after pursuing to live her best life she could these last two years in Walkerton.

She looked forward to the various visits she had at the house and the Tuesday Coffee Time with the group. Many would see her getting around town doing her shopping every week, going to the post office, bank, pet store or sitting out on her porch. Halloween and Christmas were her most talked about holidays. She enjoyed seeing all the kids dressed up and hearing them talk about the "big" chocolate bars she gave. Christmas was especially wonderful these past two years sharing it with her brother and his family. Her life is not about these last two years, but it does summarize how she lived it. She was decisive, determined, desired inclusiveness, yet enjoy her solitary time. She cherished each moment.

Janet was born and raised in Canada and studied to be a teacher. Soon after, she met her husband and started an adventure in the USA. She was a housewife and mother and returned to school and studied to be an accountant. With work options available to her, she did a little of the traditional "work", but focused more on her family. She enjoyed some creative writing of her own, being a Girls Scout Leader, or volunteering for the Homeowners Association. When she returned to Walkerton, Canada in 2006, she provided cared for her mother and husband including spending time at the Food Bank. She had a full life and impacted many people through her stories, conversations, and actions. She will be missed.

Janet is survived by her daughter Ricke Thompson of Hendersonville, Tennessee and son Christian (Kelly) Bilke of Midlothian, Texas. Cherished grandmother of Lauren Thompson of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Marcus Bilke, Griffin Bilke, & Toby Bilke all of Midlothian, Texas. She will be missed by her brother Doug (Lynda) Setterington of St. Catharines, nephew Brent Setterington and niece Amber-Lyn Sitland.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Janet's life will be arranged for a later date.

Memorial donations to the Walkerton Food Bank would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy and may be made through Cameron's Cremation & Funeral Services.

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Cathy Gibson

So sorry to hear this sad news of a very special cousin. I have many fond memories of Janet and her teaching days at Queen Elizabeth Public School, where I would often stop be her classroom for a visit!
She was a dedicated mother, daughter and sister, touching many lives along the way! She will be missed.
Don & Cathy Gibson
Comment | Posted at 02:16pm via Condolence

Myron Mary Hladyniuk

Our deepest condolences. We’re so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing
We will always have fond memories of Janet and Joe when they hosted us in Florida. Janet made us feel so welcome. I will always remember the times when Janet was teaching school in Leamington and lived down the street, she would stop over for dinner and social visits
A lot of good memories were made in those years. She will be missed
Mary and Myron
Comment | Posted at 09:18am via Condolence

Christian Bilke

For those of you visiting my mum's page, Thank You. I know she would be telling everyone not to fuss over her. Her love in life was helping others. She was an active mother, helper in the community, and dedicated wife, daughter, and sister.
I bet that each of you remember something about her that she said or did that lives in you now, that would make her proud. I have many. My favorite was her response to "How are you?". It was "Tickity Boo", I picked this up because it is different and because it emotes a smile on those that hear it.
Thank you to the community that welcomed her back to Canada. Her heart never left. She loved the seasons so much. Her favorite was the spring where her gardens would fill with new life.
Love you mum!! You will be cherished and missed.
Comment | Posted at 08:39am via Condolence

Anita McNeil

My most heartfelt condolences to all of Janet's family and friends. She was a cherished member of the congregation at St. Paul's, and will be greatly missed
Comment | Posted at 10:14am via Condolence

Gary Munro

Dear Janet's family, I'm so sorry to hear about Janet. I will miss her at our St, Paul's United Church coffee time on Tuesdays. Janet always arrived with historical trivia or other readings for us to ponder. Janet was very considerate to offer rides after coffee time since my deteriorating eye sight has stopped my driving. We always had a good chat and at Brucelea Haven when we both were visiting our family members. She never stopped asking about them. I enjoyed her insights and sense of humour. We will all miss her. Peggy Munro
Comment | Posted at 03:14pm via Condolence

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