Grace Episcopal Church is mourning the death of 56-year old Janet Heyer. Janet was a loving wife to Mike Heyer, devoted mother to Megan and Jenny, and beloved grandmother to Jackson.

Services for Janet will be held this weekend at Grace Church:

  • Visitation: Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
  • Reception: in Albright Hall following Saturday's service. Members of the parish are invited to bring baked goods, cheese & crackers, fruit/vegetable tray or other finger foods already plated and ready to serve. (You may leave your food on the tables in Albright Hall before Saturday's service.)

Janet was born March 28, 1955 to Barbara and Sam Murphy, who were long-time members of Grace Episcopal Church (and are now interred in our columbarium). Janet was baptized and confirmed at Grace Church. She graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1973 and attended DePauw University before transferring and graduating from Washi

ngton University in St. Louis. Janet married Mike Heyer at Grace Church May 28, 1977. The couple had two daughters. Megan, 25, lives in Kansas City with her companion, Adam Baird, and their 1-year old son, Jackson. Jenny, 28, lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Dallas Mendenwald.

Janet was an active member of Grace Church. She served on the vestry, the capital campaign leadership team, the 150th Anniversary Celebration committee and was a member of the handbell choir. She was known for her delicious cookies, her wonderful Christmas decorations, and her love of books and writing. She shared her writing talents as a contributor to Grace's history book and by writing Grace's annual murder mystery event for the high school students. Janet's husband, Mike, serves as our church's treasurer.

Janet is remembered as a talented, trustworthy and kind woman who was always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and their family.

Father of all, we pray to you for Janet,
and for all those whom we love but see no longer.
Grant to them eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
May her soul and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


3 Responses to Janet Heyer: March 28, 1955 – October 5, 2011

  1. Kim White says:

    I used to work with Janet’s daughter Megan and got to know her through Janet. She was here in Kansas City visiting Megan a lot and all of us at Homewood Suites had the pleasure of getting to know both Janet and Mike. Everyone at the hotel wants send their thoughts and prayers to the family and let them know what a wonderful person we thought she was in the short amount of time we had the chance to know her. She will always be remembered and thought of. Every single person that works here (25 of us) want Megan and her family to know how sorry we are for their loss.

  2. Sheryl Saathoff says:

    What a remarkable mom she was to raise such wonderful children. May the wonderful memories live on forever. Sending our love, Larry, Sheryl, and Becky XOXOXO

  3. Rachelle Saathoff says:

    I am a friend of Megan Heyer and her family. Janet was an amazing woman and so kind. She will be greatly missed everyday but she will be remembered always. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Heyer family.