Janet (Stewart) Halloran 1932 - 2012 Topeka

Janet (Stewart) Halloran, 79, of Topeka, KS, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012. She was born in Dodge City, KS, on November 23, 1932, to Robert and Margaret (Rees) Stewart. She graduated from Wichita County Community High School in Leoti, KS, in 1950. She also graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Education in 1954, and remained a lifelong Jayhawk fan. Janet taught at Lincoln Elementary School for five years until she started her family. She later returned to teaching as a substitute teacher. Janet was a member of Potwin Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder, deacon and Doorstep coordinator. She was also a member of the chancel and bell choirs. She married Robert Halloran on August 4, 1956, in Leoti, KS. Janet is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth (Dennis) Dutton of Sterling, KS, Susan (Michael) McKinnis of Iola, KS, Katherine (Steven) Harrell of Tonganoxie, KS, and Mary (Brian) Breitenstein of Topeka; eight grandchildren, Mallory and Lauren Harrell of Tonganoxie, William and Maxwell Dutton of Sterling, and Anna, Ava, Ella and Emma Breitenstein of Topeka; three cousins, Marcia Adler of Seattle, WA, John Ley of Englewood, CO, and Jane Ley of Arlington, VA; and many nieces and nephews. Her gentle and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and many aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Potwin Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Potwin Presbyterian Church, 400 SW Washburn, Topeka, KS 66606 or Doorstep, Inc., 1119 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66604. To leave the family a special message online, please visit
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