Janet Conner Leeka, 90

Janet L. Conner Leeka, 90, of Wabash, died at 10:28 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019, at her home. 

She was born Oct. 10, 1928, in New Castle, to Roger and Thelma L. (Rummel) Kennedy.

Janet was a 1946 graduate of New Castle High School. She married Clarence Robert "Bob" Conner on Jan. 3, 1946, they were together 29 years, and he preceded her in death. She then married Charles E. "Chuck" Leeka at Warvel Park in North Manchester, on June 27, 2004; he died July 17, 2016.

Janet is a retiree of GTE with 30 years of service, working in North Manchester, Wabash, Portage, and helped close out the Wabash Office in 1984. She also held a broker’s license in real estate and worked four years with Gary Salyer at Warsaw Real Estate. She also worked for Dickos-Peterson & Metz in Wabash.

Janet owned and operated Lamp Post Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wabash until 2002. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, served as a teller of the church, secretary and treasurer of the Gusta Robinette Circle, and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of P.E.O.

She is survived by four children, Steve (Deb) Conner of Urbana, Larry (Brenda) Conner of Wabash, Susan M. (Mike) Jennings of Huntington, and Beth A. (Randy) Hayslett of Wabash; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastors Nathan Whybrew and John Cook officiating.  Entombment will be in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum, at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is First United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Janet L. may be signed at

Posted on 2019 May 28