Janet Lila Walker Manbeck


Janet lost her long and courageous battle with cancer on February 18, 2011 at the Kansas City Hospice House.   She was born April 15, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois and was the adopted daughter of John and Irene Walker of Barrington, Illinois. She graduated high school from St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Tampahanick, Virginia, in 1968. Jan taught 1st – 3rd grade children for 21 years at Mannheim Elementary School in Germany for the U.S. Department of Defense. Jan is survived by her husband, Roland K. Manbeck and their three children, Danielle Janet Manbeck, Christine Kelley Manbeck and Roland K. Manbeck III. Jan is remembered for her kindness, and her love of teaching and her love of animals. Her body has been cremated and her remains will be placed privately by her children. The family requests you consider a donation to Kansas City Hospice in Jan’s memory.



  1. Marley Jordan Leino on June 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    In trying to locate Janet, I have sadly found her obituary. I am heartbroken.
    I met Janet our freshman year at UF (we lived down the hall from each other in the dorm) and were room mates our sophomore year.
    Janet was such a good and kind friend. We shared so much with each other during our college years and I’m sorry we didn’t stay in touch afterwards.
    My sincere condolences to her family….Janet was truly one of a kind.

  2. Charlotte Chatlain on March 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’m deeply saddened to learn of Jan’s passing. We had been childhood friends in Barrington, Illinois and continued to stay in touch through the years. In our decades long correspondence, Jan never failed to write proudly of her children’s accomplishments. She was a lovely woman, with great warmth and a wonderful sense of humor, even as she faced the challenges of her illness. It was a privilege to know her. My sympathy extends to the entire family.

  3. Pedro Ramirez on February 28, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Jan was a wonderful woman and one of the kindest human beings one could ever meet. It was a pleasure to have her as a colleague and friend – I am glad I had the good fortune of knowing her over the years here at MES. God bless you all.


  4. Susan Sigerseth on February 28, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jan for many years at Mannheim Elementary School. She battled so hard and I was so impressed how she was able to keep going through everything. She will be missed.

  5. dana.bagwell on February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I am sorry for your loss. I knew Jan for several years at Mannheim. She was a dedicated classroom and reading teacher. I was always very impressed with her courage and determination.

  6. Vickie Southworth on February 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I only knew Jan a short time at MES, but remember how she cared for the children. I pray for comfort for you in your loss.

  7. Kay Karash on February 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. Gloria and Mark Uhart on February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. We were not aware that she was here in the KC area. We too remember her kindness, but more than anything, we remember the love she had for her children. Please accept our sympathy and know that we had thought of you all over the years.

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