Janice May Hoblit Baker

May 23, 1940November 5, 2018
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Janice May “Hoblit” Baker, age 78 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:57 PM Monday November 5, 2018 at Miami Valley Hospital Dayton, Ohio following an extended illness. Janice was born May 23, 1940 in Lewisburg, Ohio and the daughter of the late Orville and Sylvia (Schleiger) Hoblit.

Janice had been a student at Monroe High School finishing 10th grade. She was a homemaker and during the early 1980’s had worked part-time as a cook at Franklin Monroe Schools and later employed at Thayer Poultry of Pitsburg, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Teresa Hiestand Baker and three siblings Wilbur, Louise and Larry.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 59 years Rev. Kenneth L. Baker of Greenville; children Rick (HyunMi) Baker of Racine, Ohio and Jana (Rob) Holland of Greenville; grandchildren Josh (Mandy) Baker, Jamie (Hannah) Baker, Kris Wentworth, Christopher Baker, Ashley (Braden) Spencer and Austin Baker; great grandchildren McKenna, Weston and Kenzie; siblings Clifford Hoblit of Greenville, Carl Hoblit of West Milton, Robert “Don” (Sue) Hoblit of North Carolina, Ann Fair of Gettysburg, Carolyn (Ronald) Stamps of Indiana, Rodney (Delsie) Hoblit of Troy, Marian (Charlie) Miller of Arcanum and Dale Hoblit of New Lebanon; sisters-in-law Lois Hoblit of Greenville and Janet Sue (Ron) Hollopeter of Greenville as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday November 10, 2018 at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastors Wes Lynch and Rick Kavanaugh co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Mote Cemetery near Pitsburg, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday 1 hour prior to the services in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be given to the family to help with funeral expenses.


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Janice May Hoblit Baker

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Jim Wilson

November 12, 2018

Our deepest sympathy, Kenny.

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Janet Rhoades

November 7, 2018

Sincere sympathies to Ken and all the family on the passing of Janice. Don & Janet Rhoades

Rich and Linda Weiss

November 6, 2018

Josh, Mandy and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Your Friends and Neighbors,
Rich and Linda


She was the most beautiful, loving, caring wife, mom, grandma and great grandma that we could ever have. WE LOVE YOU!!!


Hoblit Family


Janice trying to get away from Jeff Grote (Ricks friend) and Rick.


Janice and Kenny with grandson Kris Wentworth.


Janice and grandson Kris during the holidays.


Janice and grandson Kris at Christmas.


“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Janice May Hoblit Baker, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Janice was born on May 23, 1940 at home in Lewisburg, Ohio. She was the daughter of Orville and Sylvia (Schleiger) Hoblit. Raised in Lewisburg, Ohio and Pitsburg, Ohio, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Janice was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Janice was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Janice was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Janice also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Janice was raised with 11 siblings. She had 4 older brothers Clifford, Carl, Wilbur, Robert (Don) and 2 older sisters Louise, Ann and 3 younger brothers Larry, Rodney, Dale and 2 younger sisters Carolyn, Marian. Janice was constantly involved in activities with her family. Janice and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Janice was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Janice was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Janice was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Janice took part in a number of activities as a child. She took part in softball. She attended sunday school. In her spare time she liked mystery night movies in Pitburg, making pot holders with her sister and roller skating.

      Janice enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Janice was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Janice was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. She attended Monroe High School and finished 10th grade. Janice enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Home Economics. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Norma Rhodes.

      Most folks would say that Janice was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Janice was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Janice best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Janice kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Judy Cross, Carol Cannon and Sandra Spares. Later in life, she became friends with Vic and Dorothy Sharp, Bud and Jeanette Stephenson and Ezra and Maxine Paulus.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Janice. On April 13, 1959 Janice married Kenneth Leroy Baker in the basement of courthouse of Liberty, Indiana. She was totally committed to Kenneth and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Janice naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Janice disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Janice was a good mother to her children and helped raise three of her grandsons. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Janice was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Janice was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Janice was blessed with three children, two daughters Teresa Kay and Jana Lee, and one son Ricky Alan. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jamie, Kris, Christopher, Ashley and Austin, and McKenna, Weston, Kenzie.

      If you gave Janice a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Janice was always on task. Without hesitation, Janice could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was a housewife and mother. She was employed for a carhop, and Franklin-Monroe Schools as part time cook, and part time at Thayers Poultry and first woman auxiliary police officer in Brookville, Ohio and babysitting. During that time, Janice excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Janice was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Janice had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Janice liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Janice's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Janice preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were collecting salt and pepper shakers and churches.

      While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Janice often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. In high school, Janice played softball. Recreational sports included softball, and bowling in womens and couple leagues. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were anything that her children or grandchildren played in. Ohio State Buckeyes Football and Basketball, and Cincinnati Reds.

      Due to her excellent organizational skills, Janice was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Janice could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Janice was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. Throughout her later years, Janice was an active member of the youth league concession stands in Pitsburg, Ohio, and police auxilary, and grange.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Janice. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member Webster United Methodist for 10 years, and as a ministers wife of United Methodist Churches of West Ohio Conference for 32 years. During that time, she was in choir, young adult class, womens group and helped with the youth groups.

      Doing things to help others seemed to come naturally to Janice. She never set out to gain individual recognition, but the praise and accolades given her for her many and varied efforts throughout her life were well deserved. Some of her most prestigious awards included in the bowling leagues.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Janice had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included trip out west for 3 weeks for their 50th wedding anniversary with her bother Wilbur and wife Lois, vacations to Florida, Texas and exploring everything in Ohio.

       Her family was rounded out by her outside cat, Midnight, and 3 dogs Tinkerbell, Blackie, and Lady. Janice was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

      When Janice's retirement finally arrived in 2013 when her husband retired from the ministry, she was well prepared. She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. Her new life involved relocating to Greenville, Ohio to be closer to their families. In retirement, she found new pleasure in short trips with family, and to enjoy her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even in retirement, Janice continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her. Janice was a fighter. She had many obstacles to overcome in life. In 1995 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought through treatments of chemotherapy, loss of her hair and other side effects due to the cancer. During that time she was also raising three of her grandsons. She never gave up even though it was tough at times. She had been in remission for many years. She also dealt with the loss of her oldest daughter Teresa in the year of 2000. Janice never gave up because family was everything to her. She was the rock of our family. She had been sick for the last year of her life but again was fighting through it and had it maintained until a fall at Wayne hospital in September. She fought her last fight but she was getting tired. She was suffering to much so the family had to let her go. They reassured her that it was fine to go be with her family and angels in heaven. God called her home and the angels took her home in a much prettier place called heaven.

      Janice passed away on November 5, 2018 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio surrounded by her family at her bedside. Severe Subdoral Hematoma due to a fall at Wayne Hospital, and Pulmonary Hypertension, and Congestive Heart Failure was the cause of death. She is survived by her husband of 59 years Kenneth, and children Rick and HyunMi Baker, and Jana and Rob Holland, grandchildren Josh and Mandy Baker, Jamie and Hannah Baker, Kris Wentworth,Chris Baker, Ashley and Braden Spencer, Austin Baker, and great grandchildren McKenna, Weston, Kenzie, and brothers Clifford, Carl, Robert (Don) and Sue, Rodney and Delsie, Dale, and sisters Ann Fair, Carolyn and Ron Stamps, Marian and Charlie Miller, and sister in laws Lois Hoblit, and Janet Sue and Ron Holopeter. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter Teresa Hiestand, and siblings Larry, Louise and Wilbur Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. Janice was laid to rest in Mote Cemetery Pitsburg, Ohio.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Janice was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Janice was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Janice Baker was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Janice. She will be missed by her family and friends but she is rejoicing in heaven with the angels.