HUBBARD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Janet L. Whiteman, 93, died Thursday afternoon, February 23, 2023 at home.

She was born May 14, 1929 in Bluefield, West Virginia, a daughter of Oscar and Lea DeCraene Rodgers.

Mrs. Whiteman was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and a member of The Ladies VFW Auxiliary of Hubbard.

She was an admissions clerk for Northside Medical Center, she was also employed at Naples Florida Community Hospital, Anderson Indiana Community Hospital, Harvel/US Can and Pete Ashby Appliance Services.

She enjoyed doing ceramics, oil painting, crocheting and baking and sharing her crafts and baked goods with her friends and family. Janet especially loved being with her family.

Her husband, Donald E. Whiteman, whom she married August 5, 1978, died November 19, 2021.

She leaves two sons, John J. (Carol) Ashby and Gary (Monika) Whiteman and three daughters, Linda Knupp, Janet Cunningham and Caroline (Paul) Flick.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; a son, Robert Ashby; a son-in-law, Bruce Knupp and her children’s father, Edson James “Pete” Ashby.

A Special Poem written by Jan:

If family and friends are out there,
Well I have one last thing to say,
I loved you also very much
I had really hoped to stay
But since I know that cannot be
Please live your life to the fullest
In memory of me ~
My sense of direction was always bad
But don’t despair, I’ll find my way
They say you need only follow the light
So I’ll do my best with all my might
I had a most terrific life
Twas you who made it so
And so I won’t make a fuss
I’ll just GO! Jan

There are no calling hours, private graveside memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Slemons and his staff and also to Southern Care Hospice for the wonderful care extended to Janet while in their care.

Memorial donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 970 Windham Court, Suite 9, Boardman, Ohio.

Arrangements are being handled by Kelley-Cummins Funeral Home. Please visit to send condolences to the family.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Janet L. Whiteman, please visit our floral store.

A television tribute will air Sunday, February 26, at the following approximate times: 6:27 p.m. on WYTV and 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.