East Lyme - Janet Elaine Baratko, 85, of Niantic, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London after a short illness.
Janet was born in Olmsted Falls, Ohio on December 18, 1931, the daughter of Kenneth and Caroline (Gibson) Lower. Janet left Ohio in 1971 with her 2 sons, German Shepard, and Siamese cat in a big celery green Cadillac bound for South Florida to start a new life as a single mother. Janet's strength through those times, and her life, provided both guidance and inspiration to her sons and was also known as "mom" to many of their friends. Janet worked as a nurse throughout her career providing loving care to those in need until her retirement at age 74. Janet was a loving mother and friend who loved life and laughter. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Janet is survived by her son John Baratko and his wife Tacy of Delray Beach, FL, her son David Baratko of Niantic, her three grandchildren Amy (Baratko) Watt of Waterford, Kelly Baratko of Waterford, Jay Snow of Delray Beach FL, and her dear friend David Jensen of New London.
Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Poor Clares Monastery, 3501 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111. Condolences may be shared on Janet's memorial page located at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.