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  • Battle Creek Area Catholic School Foundation for the Tom and Janet Cobb Fund for Tuition Assistance
    63 N. 24th St.
    Battle Creek , MI 49015

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“Tom, Steve, Gary, Shelly, and BrianI am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Janet. She was such a good friend. The world will not be the same without...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Sheri Brown - Battle Creek, MI

“Dearest Tom and Family: So sorry to learn of your loss of Janet.She was such a beautiful light to all of us who were fortunate to have known her. She...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Saralee Beamish - Pensacola, FL

“It was somewhat by accident that I found Janet's obit when I looked at the Enquirer's Legacy yesterday and it saddened me. Tom & Janet where part...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Alan Randall - Lakewood Ranch, FL

“I remembered Janet practicing cheers on our front lawn with my sisters Mary Lou and Janet Hornberger. I'm sure the three of them are perfecting...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Phil Hornberger - Battle Creek, MI

“I left BC in 1959 for DC having had many wonderful fun moments with Janet. I remember the slumber parties, driving around looking for friends and fun...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Sparrow - Bethesda, MD

“Hi Tom This Is Amy Diamond Keyes Bill and Sue's Daughter want to say I am very sorry on hearing about Janets Passing sending Prayers And Hugs ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Keyes - Galesburg - Friend

“God bless this beautiful lady. Knew her for many years. A great beautiful family!!❤ ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Charles(Chuck) HAYWOOD - FL

“Tom and all the Family --Janet was just as sweet now as she was in school. Hope all of you will remember het smile and know that you will be...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ron & Joan Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Tom:I just read on face book that Janet had passed away.I've not seen you in many years but I do rememberspending time with you and Janet in our...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Markos-Vitale

“Janet had the most amazing laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Holly Stauffer - Battle Creek, MI

“So very sorry for your loss. Janet was a sweetheart. When i think of her, i see her big smile. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Markovich - Battle creek, MI

“My prayers go out to the family. I have wonderful memories of our fun together at St Philips and the slumber parties. We kept in touch through the...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Edallean Miller - Battle Creek, MI

“Tom, I am so sorry to hear of Janet's passing.You now have an angel in heaven to talk too to get you through these painful times.Stay strong my...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Pete Manarin - Battle Creek, MI

“Wishing the cobb family all well in their time of sorrow,at the passing of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will be...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: derek fox - Marshall, MI

“I wrote this once but not sure it went through. Janet was a dear friend for many, many years. We shared so many memories of our children and our...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Connie Tomak - Battle Creek, MI

“Janet was one of my dearest friends for many, many years. I loved herLike a sister and am heartbroken by her passing. We laughed, shared many...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Connie Tomak - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Tom and all of Janet's family,We are so sorry for your huge loss. Each of you make up her great legacy.Peace be with you. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: John and Cindy Bauman - MI

“We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hon. Sam and Teresa Durham ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“I will always remember Janet with a smile on her face and love in her heart! She was always so kind and loving and cherished her family above all...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Monique Whyte - Battle Creek, MI


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Janet H. Cobb, 79, of Battle Creek, Michigan, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. She was born May 12, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Jack and Noreen Smith. Janet married Thomas L. Cobb at St. Philip Catholic Church on January 27, 1962.

Janet was kind hearted, humorous and a great listener who knew the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. She displayed a tough Irish character that was unmatched.

A third generation, twelve-year student of St. Philip Catholic Central, Janet graduated in 1959. She was a proud captain of the Fighting Tigers Cheerleading Squad as well as the Homecoming and Mardi Gras Queen. She left her legacy to continue on at St. Philip where today the sixth generation of the Tobin/Smith/Cobb/Robotham families continue with Janet's great grandson, Hunter Robotham.

Janet's primary interest was her family. The daughter of Jack and Noreen Smith and sister to five siblings, she raised four children and was blessed with ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with each of them and when she could be together with the extended family during holiday gatherings at her sister Cathy's home or other celebrations.

Janet began her career at Michigan Bell in downtown Battle Creek as a switchboard technician. To focus on raising her four children, she became a homemaker and also completed her education at Kellogg Community College. She was a legal assistant and then served as the executive assistant for the Vice President and trust department at Michigan National Bank for several years. Janet joined the WK Kellogg Foundation in 1983 serving for 20 years as the executive assistant for
grants to the greater Battle Creek area.

Janet is survived by her husband Thomas. She is also survived by three sons, Brian Thomas Cobb(Gina), Gary Richard Cobb(Jodi), Steve Joseph Cobb(Tiffany); a daughter, Shelly Lynn Cichy, two sisters: Anne Greenman(Ed), Cathy Erskine(Todd) and brother, Rick Smith(Lrenda); ten grandchildren: Melissa Andras(John), Jonathan Cobb, Sheri Beth Robotham(Jeff), Travis Cobb(Haley), Mallory Cobb, Abigail Cobb,
Nathan Cobb, Jillian Cobb, Andrew Cichy, and Mitch Cichy; four great-grandchildren: Emma Andras, Charlotte Andras, Hunter Robotham and Jameson Cobb. Janet was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Noreen Smith, two brothers, Patrick Smith and Mike Smith, and a son-in-law, Jason Cichy.

Janet was a friend to everyone she met, greeting everyone with an infectious smile that touched her eyes, she had a quick wit and laugh of welcoming warmth to all. She truly enjoyed life, with many interests including travel to northern Michigan to their second home, Notre Dame Football, watching her family participate in athletics and other events for several decades. She was an avid fiction novel reader, enjoyed exercise and decorating her home. Home was important to Janet, she loved her
hometown and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. Janet enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life before being called home to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The family will not have services at this time, due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to the Battle Creek Area Catholic School Foundation for the Tom and Janet Cobb Fund for Tuition Assistance at 63 North 24 th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015. The fund was established by the Cobb family several years ago to support families in need of a high-quality Catholic education at St. Philip.

Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.