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Janet K. Buckmaster

Janet passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Kairos Dwelling in Kalamazoo.

She was born January 9, 1945 in Allegan, the 4


of 7 children, to Kenneth and Theo (Bussey) Plotts. Janet was a purchasing clerk at Safari Circuits for several years until her retirement. Janet loved the simple things like watching the birds, walks and going for rides when she was able. She also had a quiet sense of adventure. She often underestimated herself but excelled at anything she tried. She was a talented woodworker and gardener.

After being diagnosed with cancer she postponed treatment to take a trip to Florida with her lifelong friends affectionately known as The Ladybugs and went parasailing.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. On December 14, 1962, she married Robert James Buckmaster Jr. who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Teresa Kathleen Jeffries of Kalamazoo, Kenneth James (Tammy) Buckmaster of TN and Keith Andrew Buckmaster of Paw Paw, 9 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and siblings, Sharon Oisten, Judy, Wright, Gary Plotts and Sue McDonnell.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters, Claudette Sinclair and Toby Prymula.

She was loved by everyone who knew her.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will be take place at Mountain Home Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Janet may be made to

Kairos Dwelling


West Michigan Cancer Center


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Jonette Kent

January 17, 2022 at 2:14 pm

So sad to hear this. I worked with Jan at Safari for many years. She was such a sweet lady. We always looked forward to Halloween to see what her costume would be. She also keep us supplied with a candy dish at her work station. She will be missed by many. Rest in Heaven Jan. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends


Sally Kenyon-Laws

January 17, 2022 at 4:07 pm

So sorry to hear this. I was good friends with Sara just around the corner and Bob was our softball coach. Janet was such a wonderful sweet lady. Hug & prayers to the family


Kathi. Fuss

January 17, 2022 at 7:03 pm

Sending hugs, prayers and love to all of you . Janet was such a happy and fun person❤️❤️❤️ She is not in pain now and she can be her loving self with the angels. You will be in my thoughts and prayers ❤️❤️❤️


Elaine Bussey Lauska

January 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

My love and prayers to all. I have many fond memories of our times together years ago. Love you cuz


Sharon S Buys

January 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm

So sorry to hear of Jan’s pasing. We worked together for many years at Kal Equip as well as Safari. She was a team player and willing to do whatever job that was needed.


Linda Glassman

January 20, 2022 at 12:01 pm

Bob and Family,

I was saddened when Ginny let me know that Janet had passed away. Keeping you all in my prayers that the memories carry you through until you are together again.


Judy Gates Hayes

January 21, 2022 at 1:23 pm

So sorry to hear about Janet passing. Always enjoyed speaking with Janet, such a nice, caring person. Keep her memories close to your heart and she will be with you always.


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