HEMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Janet Mae Wendel (née Davis) of Hermitage, died Saturday, April 10, 2021.
She was born to Hazel and John Davis on October 27, 1938 in Sharon.
She was a devoted daughter, cousin, wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all.
She grew up in Sharon and graduated from Sharon High School in 1956.
After graduating, she worked for a time as an administrative assistant at her alma mater.
She met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Wendel, an engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and they were married April 8, 1961. She said they never had an argument. (That’s a streak of 21,891 days). They had three children, John, Karen and Jay. In 1973, Janet and Dick built their dream home together in Hermitage.
She worked for many years as a part-time teller for First National Bank.
She was a member of the Shenango Valley Chorale. Janet was also active with her high school reunion group.
As a lifelong resident of the Shenango Valley, Janet knew just about everyone in town. There were no “quick trips” to the store for her. She would inevitably see someone she knew and stop for a chat. She was a great conversationalist!
Being a fantastic wife, mother and grandmother was always her goal. She worked her entire adult life to make that a reality. She believed that the job title “homemaker” was the most important one in the world. The love and care was evident even in everyday tasks. Janet was practical and conscientious in all she did. She enjoyed all sorts of crafts: sewing, knitting, quilting, crocheting and cross stitching. She was known for her homemade pies, cookies and jellies. She also loved chocolate and would say, “A day without chocolate was a day without sunshine” or “Everything is better with chocolate on it.”
Janet and her husband, Dick, attended as many of their kids’ grade school, high school, college sports and musical events as they could. Grams carried on that support with her grandchildren as well.
Janet was an active member of Hickory United Methodist Church. She worked on many committees and charities through the church. She volunteered for other organizations like Meals on Wheels and lent her talents to those organizations as well as friends and family.
Friendly, gregarious, happy and always true to herself — Janet Wendel will be missed by all who knew her.
Janet is survived by her three children, John (Nellie King), Karen Wendel Jim (Bernie Jim) and Jay (Nicole). Janet will also be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, Marina, Anthony, Aubrey, Anna, Wesley, George, Ella, Ginny and Lily.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; grandson, Charlie Wendel Jim and daughter-in-law, Susan Spencer-Wendel.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 2630 East State Street, Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148.
To help celebrate Janet’s life, masks and social distancing are required.
Service will be private, following visitation. The service will also be live streamed on the Hickory United Methodist Church Facebook page, facebook.com/hickoryumchurch.
Burial will be in America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Hickory United Methodist Church.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, April 14 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.