Obituary: Janet M. Balka


November 4, 1935 – April 3, 2022

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Janet M. BalkaJanet M. Balka, nee Janz, age 86, of Saint John, IN, formerly of Lansing, IL passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Balka. Loving mother of David (Janet) Balka and Nanette (Ian) Waldie. Cherished grandmother of Aaron, Jessie, Monica, and Justin. Dear sister of Marjorie (John “Buck”) Weaver, Kathryn (Paul) Oates, Carol (late John) Barker, Barbara (late Colman) O’Hare, and James (Kathryn) Janz. Janet loved the State of Michigan and was always excited to sit on the beach and watch the sunset. She and her cat, Bo, were the biggest University of Michigan football fans! She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. GO BLUE!

Visitation Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 3 – 7 p.m. Funeral service Monday, April 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Smits Funeral Home, 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens – Crown Point, IN. Memorial contributions may be given to Highland Christian School, 3040 Ridge Road, Highland, IN 46322. For more information, please call 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at