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Janet Baker Chaudruc

Janet Baker Chaudruc

HENDERSONVILLE — Janet Baker Chaudruc, 87, of Hendersonville, was taken to be with her Lord on August 5, 2012. She passed away after a valiant and graceful battle with COPD. She was supported in her journey by her family, as well as the kind staff of Carolina Village and Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

She was born Janet H. Baker on August 28, 1924 to the late Dorothy and Col. Herbert Baker at Fort Sheridan Army Base in Illinois. Col. Baker served our country as a member of the Army Medical Corps during World War I and Mrs. Baker was an English teacher. Their military family was stationed in Fort Sill, OK, Fort Benning, GA, in Hawaii and Fort Hoyle, MD.

She was a graduate of the Cathedral School of Mary's in Garden City, NY. She also attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and graduated with honors in French. She was employed by the French Cultural Service as well as by the Socony Mobil Oil Company.

In 1946, she married Jerald P. Euster, a United States Naval Pilot. They were stationed in Groton, CT as well as Pensacola, FL. He later served as a pilot for the humanitarian, Dr. Thomas Dooley, helping the sick in third world countries. Mr. Euster died in an airplane crash in 1962. They had one daughter, Margaret Euster, who was born in New London, CT.

In 1964, Mrs. Chaudruc married Juan E. Chaudruc, a widower with 2 children, Denis and Lusandre. Mr. and Mrs. Chaudruc traveled extensively as part of his work as a consulting engineer. They lived in Chappaqua, NY, until they retired to Hendersonville in 1972. Sadly, Mr. Chaudruc succumbed to Alzheimer's disease in 1985.

During her years in Hendersonville, Mrs. Chaudruc volunteered for many organizations. She helped to found the Hendersonville Alzheimer's Support Group and was recognized for her 18 years of service by both the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina and by North Carolina Governor, James Martin.

In 1993, she completed a program of Theological Education for Ministry at The University of the South, School of Theology. She became a professed member of the 3rd Order, Society of St. Francis, a world-wide religious order of the Episcopal Communion.

Mrs. Chaudruc was an active member of her church, St. John in the Wilderness, where she was a member of the choir, alter guild, a lay reader, chalice-bearer, President of the Woman's Group and the Medical Loan Closet.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Sauer of Fredonia, NY; step-daughter, Lusandre Chaudruc of Pennsburg, PA; and a step-daughter-in-law, Jeannene Chaudruc, of Chicago, IL. She was blessed to have six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorial contributions be made to St. John in the Wilderness Church, 1905 Greenville Highway, P.O. Box 185, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 31 College Place, Suite 105A, Asheville, NC 28801.

A memorial service in celebration of Janet's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at St. John in the Wilderness with the Rev. John A. Morton officiating.

A register book is available online for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.