March 21, 2009
4551 Willard West Road Willard OH 44890 3/25/2009 11:00:00
4551 Willard West Road Willard OH 44890 3/26/2009 11:00:00
Janet A. Kennard, age 57, resident of Willard, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 21, 1951 in Willard and was a life long resident. She was a 1969 graduate of Willard High School and had been employed with the former Pioneer Ballon and then began a home based business as a seamstress for 31 years. She was a member of the Willard Church of God where she was a choir member, past praise and worship leader, children’s choir director and Sunday school teacher. Janet was the 1969 Huron Co. Jr. Dairy Princess, a past 4-H member and 4-H advisor for 34 years, a past county 4-H committe member, Huron Co. Fair Open Class Foods Superintendent and past Jr. Fair Superintendent.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Kennard, Jr. whom she married on January 29, 1972; a daughter, Rachel (Bryan) Buurma of Willard; a son, Thomas (Erin) Kennard III of Willard; three grandchildren, Pressley Buurma; and Kate and Mark Kennard; her mother, Bernadine (Crum) Stein-Stout of Willard; a sister, Karen (Rich) Faeth of Galion; and a brother Karl (Betty) Stein of Willard.
She is preceded in death by her father, Henry Stein; a sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Jim Lichoff; a niece, Donna Faeth; a nephew, Mark Lichoff; and her mother’s second husband, Hollie Stout.
Calling hours will be held at the Willard Church of God on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the church on Thursday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Greg Griffith officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Stein Hospice or the Willard Church of God. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
I’m one of Janets’ cousins from San Diego. I was one of the city kids that used to go to Aunt Bernies and Uncle Hanks on Sunday after church. Some of my best childhood memories are from Greenbush Road, including the times that Diane and Janet would talk me into touching the electric fence and “helping” my cousins with their milking chores.. and the family reunions at Camp Conger and skipping stones on the Huron River. I’m sure that Uncle Hank and Diane were waiting with open arms in welcome. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God continue to bless you and your families.
Dear Family of Janet Kennard,
I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. You can be assured that comfort and hope are found in the pages of the Bible.
Revelations 21:4 speaks of a time when GOD will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more. This is a wonderful hope for our future.
Please take care of yourselves.
Mrs. Sandi Watkins
Tom, Rachel, Tommy and family,
Janet was a very special and classy lady. God has richly blessed me for having her as my friend.
Her smile will be missed here, but one day you will be with her again. And what a happy reunion that will be. She is now with our God and happy and healthy.
She will always be in our hearts.
Our prayers go out to your family.
Tom and Family.
“Live in such a way, that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God, because they know you”
When I look at that saying it reminds me of Janet. She had a servants heart and she always had a smile on her face. Her memory will live on in those who loved her and those whose lives she has touched. She will be missed.
Derek and Sandy Hamons and Family
Please accept my condolences at this sad time of saying goodbye. You have so many wonderful memories of her life to take with you always. I knew her mainly from the fair foods department. But she was a gracious and happy person. I will miss her.
Tom & Family – you have my deepest sympaythy. May God bless you and wrap his comforting arms around you.
Dear Tom and Family,
Please know how saddened we were to hear of your loss. Janet was such a special person always smiling and reaching out to everyone she came in contact with. She is with God now, and knowing that, you and your family will find comfort. Touching so many lives with her own life is truly a gift from God that will never be taken away.
Tom, Rachel and Tommy,
Your Mother was a highlight of my teaching career with her talent and energy to always respond when my class or the PTG needed anything! Her enthusiasm was contagious. I feel very honored to have worked with her through the years at New Haven.
Use her as a role model for your own families-
You have my deepest sympathy.
Tom, Rachel, Tommy, and the rest of the family,
If the Lord ever needed to write another book in the Bible, he could call it the book of Janet; for she showed us how to live a Godly life each day. Her constant smile was a reflection for her love of Christ, family, children, and humanity. There are no words to lessen the pain that is in each and everyone of us who knew Janet, however each and everyone of us can be called blessed for we knew a Heavenly Angel here on Earth.
Janet is probably leading a huge children’s choir right now. Can you imagine what she could do with all that talent in heaven after she successfully turned out play after play despite having to use all the Hamons kids?
My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you in the hard times to come.
“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:37
To The Kennard Family – My thoughts and prayers are with you. The very short time I spent with Janet, I found her to be a beautiful & strong woman – God Bless you all
To The Kennard Family – My thoughts and prayers go out to you. The very short time I spent with Janet, I found her to be a beautiful & strong woman – God Bless You – Cathy (North Central EMS)
It’s been many years since I’ve seen my cousin Janet. Whenever we visited the Stein family, Janet always made time for her much younger cousins. We appreciated her welcoming smile, her sense of humor, and her kindness to two little girls. The outpouring of messages from those who knew Janet as an adult show that she continued to be a caring person who touched the lives of others. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and family.
Janet will truly be missed, from my time in 4H to Willard Church of God, Tom and Janet and the family were always pillars to me, someone to look towards for strength, support, and leadership. Our love and condolences go out to Tom, Rachel and Tommy.
Tom and Family, thinking of you with our thoughts and prayers. May Gods Holy Spirit comfort YOU!
MAY GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY,
In Our prayers,
We were so blessed to have known Janet. She taught Michael in Sunday school and has been a wonderful Mother-in-law to my sister Erin. Her faith, kindness and humble demeanor were only part of what made her an amazing and Godly woman and her warm smile and Christ-like love have been a witness to us all. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all – Karen & Duane Frankart & Michael Smith
Kennard Family: I was saddened to hear of Janet’s passing. Her smile almost outshined the lights of the midway at the fair. My sympathy.
Janet was a wonderful person and she will be missed deeply. Just remember Tom your family is here for you and your kids.
Rachel & family – I will always remember Janet’s sweet, kind smile she would beam when I saw her at the Fair each year. As a nervous 4-Her she always would put you at ease. I am sure that she & Diane are catching up & having a good laugh right now. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Kelly McFadden Smith & family
Please accept the condolences of our entire family on the passing of Janet. What a wonderful lady she was, and now she will be singing with the angels in Heaven. I don’t recall ever seeing her without a smile on her face. May our Lord grant you comfort and peace in the days ahead. God Bless each of you.
Dennis and Cynthia Branham
Jeremy, Jeffrey, and Jennifer
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.
DEAR TOM, RACHEL & TOMMY,
I WAS SADDENED TO HEAR OF JANET’S PASSING. PLEASE FIND COMFORT IN THE FACT SHE IS NO LONGER SUFFERING AND MAY YOU SMILE AND LAUGH REMEMBERING ALL YOUR HAPPY TIMES TOGETHER.
I thank God that I had the honor of being one of the children Janet touched in her 30+ years of teaching Sunday School. She was fairly newly married, so I believe I must have been in one of her first classes. What a blessing it was to know her and see her example as I grew up in the church. I was also blessed enough to have Janet teach my daughter and also lead her in the children’s choir. Kaytie has a deep love for praise and worship music that I’m sure was nurtured by Janet. What a legacy to pass on to her children and grandchildren. Please know that all of you have been and continue to be in our prayers.
Dear Tom, Rachel, Tommy & family,
Words just don’t seem enough at this time to let you know how much we care for you and ache with you at this difficult time. Janet will truly be missed at church. She has touched so many children’s lives at the church. Our children included. She was definitely a Proverbs 31 woman. What a legacy to leave to her children & grandchildren! Our loss is heaven’s gain. All of your family are in our prayers. We loved & appreciated her & each and everyone of you so much!
Revs. Rich & Rhonda Holbrook,
Rick & Amanda Holbrook, Richele & Jesse Sallee & David Allen McDonald
I wanted to express my sympathy to Janet’s family. Sbe was one of the nicest people that my daughter Kelly introduced me to at the fair many years ago. I will miss seeing her and her great smile at the fair this year.
Tom, Rachel, Tommy and family I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Janet. I will truly miss her and all the times walking down to visit her. I am grateful for all the times I had spent with her growing up and for you guys putting up with me even though I stole your chickens when I was little. She was honestly one of the nicest people I will probably ever meet in my lifetime. I love you guys and you will be in my prayers
TOM AND FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.JANET WAS A KIND SWEET SOUL THAT HAS GONE TO BE WITH THE FATHER WHERE SHE WILL NO LONGER SUFFER.SHE IS I’M SURE LOOKING DOWN UPON YOU ALL AND FEELING AS BLESSED AS EVER FOR HAVING YOU AS HER FAMILY. KNOWW SHE WILL NOW AND ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOU FROM ABOVE LIKE THE SWEET LITTLE ANGEL SHE WAS AND NOW ALWAYS WILL BE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
I will miss Janet so much I loved her as my Sunday school teacher and my cousin, My prayers you Tom, Tommy and Rachel. God give you the peace that passes all understanding and comfort you. I love you, I wish I could be there for you
To Tommy & Erin (and entire family)
We are so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. She was a truly beautiful lady who has definately made a huge impression on many people. Our prayers are with you all. If you need anything, let me know.
Love Glenda, Jason, Maggie & Evan Rowe
Tom and family,
Please rest assured that your beloved Janet fell asleep and awakend in the arms of her Lord and Savior.. She allowed her light to shine and inspired many others..
I will always remember her lovely face and her soft saintly manner. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her..My prayers are with you and your family.
Willis and Gladys Hicks
Tom & family.. Our love goes out to you in this time of sadness… Janet will be missed by many…. May God bless you all…. With deepest sympathy….
You are our in out thoughts and prayers. Janet was a very sweet and loving person. She had a wonderfull touch with all of the children that she touched. She is now somewhere where she feels now pain and is rejoicing. For Tom, Rachel & Tommy and the entire family you have a guardian angel watching over you!
Tom, we only know of you, but we worked with Janet before you and she was ever married. She was such a sweet little Christian and so pleasant to talk to.We know Rachel quiet well she and our daughter in-law Patty Hicks has been friends for quite sometime and of course Presley is a sweet little young girl. Putting the above aside, we are so sorry for the loss of your loved one,we know she will be missed, but just think she is such a gain for Heaven. To those who has recently lost Loved ones.
I said,”God, I hurt” And God said, “I know.” I said, “God, I” cry a lot.”And God said, “That’s why I gave you tears.” I said,”God, my loved one died” and God said, “so did mine”. I said, “God it’s such a loss” And God said, “I saw mine nailed to a cross.” I said, “God, but your loved one lives.” And God said, “so does yours.” I said, “God, it still hurts.”And God said, “I know”
Our Love and Prayers are with you and your family
Bill and Claris Hicks
Janet will be deeply missed. For over thirty years Janet shared the love of Jesus Christ with thousands of young people. Her warmth, her smile and her heart for others was evident. Since 1969 she has been a faithful friend to the Willard Church of God. Our sympathy and prayer go out to Tom, Tommy, Rachel and the entire family. You are loved and you will see her again.
Tom and family, you have our deepest sympathy. The hearts of countless children were touched by Janet, my children included. The love of Christ that Janet has shown to so many throughout the years is an inspiration to us all. We are all blessed to have been a part of her ministry. Janet’s memory will live on in the hearts of all of the children and all of the adults that she touched.
Tom, Rachel & Tommy,
May God wrap his arms around you in this most difficult time! May you find God’s peace that passes all understanding!! Janet will be missed but take comfort in knowing that you will see her again! God bless you all!!
Love & Prayers,
Danny & Gina Link
Crystal and I are at a loss for words. We know that Willard will never be the same. In our time there Janet in her love for Jesus and the church was always a steady and faithful example of service and devotion. Please know that we are heart broken with you. We know that she is with the Lord and enjoying all the rewards of heaven and her hard work. We understand that she is not suffering. Yet, we also grieve with such a sad departure of a wonderful woman. Heaven is truly blessed and we are truly saddened with you in her death.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you,
Pastor and Crystal Frye
Lake Witten Worship Center
To Tom and family,You have our deepest sympathy and you are all in are prayers and thoughts.Janet has been an inspiration to all of us and a good friend.We will miss her.