Janet Diane Delsemme

Janet Diane (Chalfant) Delsemme, aged 78, passed away peacefully in her home in Liberty, Missouri, on December 18, 2022.

Janet was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Merle and Leah (Porter) Chalfant. Janet went to Shawnee Mission East High School and then graduated with a teaching degree from Baker University in 1966, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Janet loved teaching and taught fourth grade in Kearney until retiring in 2009. Former students continued to track down and share their love for Mrs. Delsemme up until her final days.

Janet enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and playing brain games with her friends, and spending a day ‘floating’ at the lake. She was a cinema buff, avid reader, theatre connoisseur, pop culture enthusiast and was always looped into the latest and greatest news of the day. Her genuine kindness was evident to all who met her.

Janet is survived by her daughter, Caroline Miller and her husband John; daughter-in-law, Deborah and granddaughter, Ava Delsemme; brother, James Chalfant; and niece, Jessica Chalfant.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Delsemme in 2013, and her parents, Merle and Leah.

A celebration of life will be held in spring 2023.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

Janet was a kind, dedicated teacher. Janet was a nice neighbor. My wife Donna and I both enjoyed seeing her at the Liberty Community Center. She will be missed.

My sincere condolences to Jim, Carrie, Deborah, Ava, and Jessie. Janet was very dear to me and so many! She will be so missed terribly. Her health battles were fierce but she never made it about her but about everyone else in her life.
Much love,
Cousin Beth

Carrie, Deborah, Ava, Jim and Jessie. We are saddened by Janet’s death, she was a good friend and we will miss her.
Jack & Sharon Sykes

I met Janet in Alpha Chi at Baker. In recent years
She was part of Pledge class group that would meet in Lawrence for long lunches of laughter and wine.
I will miss Janet’s wit, intellect, and interesting conversation. She must have been a wonderful
Teacher, as we often traded school stories and you could tell she was very skilled with students. I’m glad she was part of my life.
Kay Scott

I am so sorry to learn of Janet’s passing. We were in the same SME class of ’62. I hope to learn of the Celebration of Life plans. My condolences to Janet’s family – she was a lovely person.
Nancy (Rohlfing) Potter