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Janet Ellen (Stuck) Jelavich

Janet Jelavich of Kansas City, Missouri, died April 16, 2018, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
She was born April 8, 1954, to Joseph and Ernestine (Jacobs) Stuck. Janet attended St. Joseph Cathedral School and graduated from LeBlond High School in 1972. She received her BSEd and MSEd degrees from Northwest Missouri State University. While at Northwest, Janet was a member of the university’s debate team that won the national championship in 1977.
She taught high school English, speech and debate at LeBlond, Savannah, and Maryville high schools, and also taught courses at Northwest and Missouri Western State University. After retiring from full-time teaching, Janet worked as a consultant for Missouri Western’s Prairie Lands Writing Project, assisting rural schools in improving their English instruction.
Janet was an enthusiastic and avid theater goer, going to musicals and other theatrical productions in Kansas City and New York. As a member of Robidoux Resident Theater, she met her husband, Mark Jelavich, a Northwest professor, and they married in 1982.
Janet and her family also enjoyed travelling in both North America and Europe. They spent most of their married life in Maryville. After retirement in 2013, they moved to Kansas City.
Janet was also devoted follower and supporter of her children’s activities, including her daughter’s golf and swimming and her son’s football and wrestling. She subsequently enjoyed watching them blossom in their respective careers, her daughter as a college admissions director and her son as a research chemist.
Besides her husband, Janet is survived by her daughter, Abigail Jelavich (Kerry Poppa) San Mateo, California; her son, Michael Jelavich (Amanda) and grandson, Vincent, Rahway, New Jersey; sisters, Barbara, Deborah, and Mary Margaret, all of Kansas City; brothers, Larry Stuck (Maria), Renton, Washington, and Dennis Stuck (Lisa), Steven Stuck (Bea), Richard Stuck, and Robert Stuck, all of St. Joseph; and numerous nieces and nephews. Janet also leaves behind many friends, including her “Big Chill” group of Northwest roommates; former teachers; fellow theater goers; and her best friend, Rebecca Dierking.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Friday, St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. Parish Rosary 6:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will gather with friends 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Kansas City Pet Project or an organization of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at

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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506





6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church

519 N. 10th Street
St. Joseph, Missouri 64501

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Mount Olivet Cemetery

St. Joseph, MO

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Kansas City Pet Project

4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64129

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