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Janet Ehman-Baker

Janet Ehman-Baker

Friday, March 30th, 1951 - Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
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Janet Ehman-Baker, age 68, of Chicago, beloved wife of Stu Baker for 25 years; devoted daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Ehman; loving sister of Susan (Dave) Byrd; cherished daughter-in-law of Marjorie and the late Dr. Howard Baker; dear sister-in-law of Bob (Jill) Baker and Michael Baker; treasured aunt of Chris (Heather) Byrd, Brigitte Baker and Nathan Baker; proud great aunt of Lucy and Owen Byrd; adored “Mama” to her beloved cats Marla and Josie.

Janet left an indelible mark on all who knew her. Her generosity and kind nature will live on in each of our hearts. She lived her life with extraordinary grace, dignity and courage. She had a creative spirit that shined brightly in every aspect of life, including her art, music and fashion. She loved to travel and had friends and family all over the world. She was amazing and led a remarkable life, she will be missed by all.

A memorial service is being planned for a future date. Donations in lieu of flowers in Janet’s memory can be made to PAWS Chicago (animal shelter), 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614, https://my.pawschicago.org/tribute-donations/Donate; or Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care – Foundation, P.O. Box 74008824, Chicago, IL 60674-8824, https://rainbowhospice.org/make-a-gift/ . For additional information: The Goldman Funeral Group, www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com (847) 478-1600.
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Paul Gittleson

Posted at 06:36pm
I knew Janet from the beginning since we were cousins. My family and hers would get together regularly during the holidays for elaborate feasts. It was at these gatherings that we joined forces so that we wouldn't get sent over to "the little kids table" We were successful in our efforts and reveled in our glory.

We remained close through our teenage years but lost touch when we each went out into the world. Several years ago Janet found me on Facebook and it wasn't long before she organized an expedition to California where she visited me with her husband Stu. Over the years there were repeat visits and we stayed in touch in between. When she told me over a year ago that she was sick I tried my best to be available to Stu and Janet. I wasn't always as up on things as I would have liked to been.

The last time I saw Janet was in August when I visited her and Stu in Chicago. Both Janet and Stu were in the middle of a valiant battle which in the end they both lost. I will carry the memories with me forever which I think is the finest tribute any person can give. Rest easy cuz, if there is an afterlife I'm sure it's populated with redheads. Peace
Paul Gittleson

Jim Webb

Posted at 05:28pm
I was privileged to have known Janet for years from the video industry and this is terribly sad news for me. One of my favorite people, such a sweetheart. You will be missed. RIP Janet.

Susan Detrie

Posted at 09:58am
I was lucky enough to meet Janet at an event in Madison, Wisconsin and have dinner with her and Stu in Chicago too. Janet was a lovely woman, both smart and funny. I will reflect on Janet's spirit over the coming months. I loved that at the end of her life she became a painter and was able to exercise her creative spirit and that she was in a great place that made her happy. My thoughts are with Stu and her family.

Carole McDonnell

Posted at 07:12pm
I met Janet in 1975 in London when we shared the flat in Chiswick and we were friends from the day we met. I loved her laugh, enthusiasm and interest in so many things. She was generous, kind, funny and so happy when she met Stu. I miss her every day and she will always be in my heart.
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Fannietra Donald

Posted at 12:31pm
Dear friend, I will miss you tremendously. I am devastatingly sorry you had to go. May the heavens be graced with your presence. Love and Peace

Fannietra B. Donald
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