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Mrs. Barham

Mrs. Barham

Obituary: Janet Barham, assistant principal at St. Laurence High School

From staff reports

For a quarter century, Janet Barham taught and served as assistant principal at St. Laurence High School.

Mrs. Barham (nee Butler), a Tinley Park resident, died Oct. 26 at age 78.

She loved mathematics–especially geometry–and kept her mind sharp with brain teasers, sudoku and competitive battles of Tenzi, Spot-It and Uno with loved ones.

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Mrs. Barham

She taught for 21 years at Elizabeth Seton High School and then 25 years at St. Laurence, where she transitioned from teacher to treasurer to assistant principal.

Mrs. Barham was well-known for her love of St. Patrick’s Day. Her family’s annual parties brought together family and friends from near and far.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John; her daughter, Bridget; sister, Anita Butler; sister-in-law, Maureen Fleming; brothers-in-law, Michael (Nancy) Barham and Fred (Maureen) Barham; five nieces, including a very special and close bond with Erin (John) Day and goddaughter Cathaleen (Dan) Novak; 13 great nieces and nephews with much love and affection for Mia, Natalie and Tommy Day, who returned her love and brought her so much joy and happiness; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Emily (nee Hart) Butler and nephew Matt Barham.

Services were Oct. 30 from Brady-Gill Funeral Home to St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations are requested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 W. Monroe Street #1510, Chicago, IL, 60661 or any charity.

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