Janet Merle (nee: Buchheit) Kies November 23, 2023 (Thanksgiving Day) at de Greeff Hospice House in St Louis, Missouri. She was born October 4, 1929, in St Louis, Missouri to Charles Albert and Lucy Merle (nee: Dale) Buchheit.
Janet was Baptized and Confirmed, at Nazareth Evangelical Church in South City St. Louis, and she was married there to Charles Edwin Henry Kies on September 8, 1956.
She graduated from Cleveland High School in 1947, and Harris Teacher’s College in St Louis, in 1951. She was an active member of Delta Sigma Epsilon (now Delta Zeta) sorority, whose vision is to truly inspire action and impact lives globally through philanthropy, scholarship and service.
Trained as an educator, Janet taught in one of the first integrated classrooms at Madison School in the city of St Louis. She taught at Central Presbyterian for the Young Years, and spent most of her years teaching in the Riverview Gardens School District. She retired June 20, 1992.
She was ever faithful and active in the United Church of Christ. She was a member of the St. Louis-wide youth Federation and participated in a Caravan program in 1953, that sought to connect communities across geographic and racial boundaries. In 1954 She traveled with Church World Service to Germany to help the rebuilding efforts after the war. She was in the couples’ club and choir at St. Stephen UCC with her husband Bud, served as Sunday School Superintendent, council member and as Council President of St. Stephen, and as member, VP and President of the steering committee for the St Louis Association of Women’s Fellowship UCC (SLAW) in the late 80s. She was a member of Church Women United. She served as a Floor Steward at General Synod in 1993 and General Synod Delegate in 2001. In the late 90’s early 2000s she served on the St Louis Association Preparation for Ministry Committee (4 years). In younger years, Jan was a Girl Scout leader and camp counselor, later in life she enjoyed Women’s Retreats at Camp MoVal.
At St Lucas UCC she was active in the choir, Women’s Fellowship, and the UCC Heritage Committee. She was a faithful supporter of UCC Ministries: The Deaconess Foundation, Emmaus Homes and Every Child’s Hope, Neighborhood Houses.
Jan loved to travel and was able to visit many places in the US and abroad with her husband and family. She returned many times to visit friends in Germany and Switzerland and enjoyed hosting international guests in her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband “Bud,” July 1, 2014, her son John Kies, and her sister Lois Winter.
Surviving are her children: Jeffrey Kies, of St. Peters, MO, Julie Kies, of St. Louis, MO, Brother John Buchheit (Judy), and Godson William Winter Jr. (Lisa), of Glen Carbon, IL, life-long friend Kay Siegrist and many other friends and loved ones.
Memorial gifts may be made to Every Child’s Hope, Emmaus Homes, Salvation Army or de Greeff Hospice House.
Services: Visitation at Kutis South County Chapel 5255 Lemay Ferry Road Thursday, December 7. 5-8pm. Then to St. Lucas United Church of Christ 11735 Denny Road St. Louis, MO 63126 Friday, December 8, visitation 10am until service at 11am. Interment St. Lucas Cemetery.