Former educator, City Councilwoman Janet Brabury transitions at 77

| September 3, 2016
Janet Grote Bradbury

Janet Grote Bradbury

FORT WAYNE—The city lost one of its pioneering political figures with the passing of a popular former city councilwoman.

Janet Grote Bradbury, 77, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, Aug. 27, after a short battle with brain cancer.

Born in Fort Wayne, Bradbury was the daughter of Raymond and Hilda Margaret Grote. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Saint Francis and began her 30-year teaching career with Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1968. She later completed her master’s degree, also from University of Saint Francis and spent a year at Indiana Bloomington working on her Ph.D.

Bradbury also served as Fort Wayne City Councilwoman-at-Large for 14 years, where she was most proud of her work in animal care and control, collective bargaining for city union workers and environmental awareness.

She was also on active member of the Fort Wayne Education Association and represented Fort Wayne teachers at numerous national conventions across the country.

She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. Her adventurous side led her to visit many places in the world, including China, Australia, and Europe and in Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Bradbury and Barbara (Bill) Howard; and son, Michael Bradbury. She was blessed to have three wonderful grandchildren, Sarah and Kaitlin Howard and Tyler Bradbury. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Lloyd Bradbury.

A celebration of Janet’s life was held Sept. 7 at Fairhaven Funeral Home, 6557 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. Services have been entrusted to Fairhaven Funeral Home.

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