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Janeth S. Larson

CHARDON – Janeth S. (nee Winter) Larson passed into eternal life on July 18, 2014, at Holly Hill Nursing Home, where she had received excellent care since 2008.

She was the only child of Joseph J. and Edith (nee Stratton) Winter, born at St. Elizabeth Hospital on July 5, 1923, in Lima, Ohio.

After graduating from Kenton High School in 1941, as a member of the Simon Kenton Chapter of the National Honorary Society, she received a scholarship to attend Ohio University in Athens. Upon graduating in 1945, where she was affiliated with Alpha Gamma Phi Sorority and Theta Sigma Phi National Journalism Sorority, she began her career in public relations for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company in Cleveland.

On June 13, 1948, she married James E. Larson. The wedding took place in the Kenton Church of Christ, which marked the beginning of her life long career as a wife and homemaker.

In the early 1970s, she graduated from Kent State University with a second degree in elementary education, majoring in library science. She was employed by Chardon Schools as the librarian for Munson Elementary School.

Janeth and Jim resided in Chardon, since 1958. She was an active member in the Girl Scouts along with her daughters, having been the Brownie leader and then a Troop leader.

She was also a founding member of the Sugar Bush Kennel Club, where she served as secretary for several years.

Janeth was a volunteer at Park Elementary School library when her children attended school there. She also taught cooking classes to special needs children.

Upon their retirement, Janeth and Jim started an antique business, which allowed them to do what they were passionate about: traveling around the country, buying and selling antiques, and making numerous friends.

They also wintered in Winter Haven, Fla., for several years, enjoying being away from Chardon snow and attending the Indians games during spring training camp.

Family was very important to Janeth. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren at home in the pool.

Our mother was “Mom” to all our friends and had great sense of humor. She had a great smile, which she was always ready to share.

Her hobbies included sewing, making Barbie clothes, which her great-grandchildren are still playing with today, reading, antiquing, gardening, home improvement projects and collecting.

Janeth is survived by her son, David Larson, of Chardon; daughters, Pamela Larson, of Clearwater Fla., Lee Anne (Jim) Sundberg, of Ishpeming, Mich., and Rebecca (Howard) Herrick, of Chardon; grandchildren, Benjamin (Leah) Larson, Erin Larson, Joslyn Todd, Jennifer (Kenneth) Heikkila, Kristine Herrick and Michael Herrick; and great-grandchildren, Samantha, Molly and Brooklyn Todd, and Lucy Heikkila.

Services will be held at Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., Chardon, on Aug. 4.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 4. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m.; following the service, the family will be gathering with friends for a light meal at the family home.

Internment will take place Aug. 5 at noon at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burton Public Library in the name of Janeth W. Larson.

Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.

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