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Janet Lee (Joy) Leiker

Published on -10/26/2012, 9:38 AM

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Janet Lee (Joy) Leiker, 65, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Hays Medical Center following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Hays to Marion K. and Amelia (Gottschalk) Joy.

She married Alan H. Leiker on April 24, 1971, in Hays. He survives.

She grew up in the Buckeye community north of Hays until her family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1960. She graduated in 1964 from David Douglas High School, Portland, Ore., and returned to Hays to attend Sydney's Beauty School.

She worked as a hairdresser in several Hays beauty salons, primarily for Irene Leiker at Irene's Beauty Salon. In November 1988, she and her husband opened Sew Easy Bernina and Fabric in Hays. She was a lifelong seamstress and tailor, and she and her employees designed and tailored the suit Gov. Joan Finney wore on her inauguration day in 1991.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, the Altar Society Christian Mothers, a former member of the school board at St. Joseph Elementary School and a former member of the church parish council.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Joy Kopcha and husband John, Barberton, Ohio; a son, Jeffrey Leiker, Wichita; four sisters, Joyce Hanson, Jackie Maharg, June Robinson and Jill Huffman, all of the Portland area; four brothers, Tim Joy, Gresham, Ore., Terry Joy, Vancouver, Wash., and Glen Joy and Jim Joy, both of Anchorage, Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Marion Kendall Joy and Mitchell Joy; her father- and mother-in-law, Henry S. and Regina Leiker; and a brother-in-law, Daniel Leiker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in the church cemetery.

There will be an Altar Society Christian Mothers rosary at 5 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine. Friends can call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Memorials are suggested to the Capuchin Province of Mid-America or St. Joseph Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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