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Janet Rae Garland

September 24, 1937 — November 28, 2023

Janet R. Garland, 86, passed away on Tuesday November 28th, 2023 at St. Elizabeths in Boardman. She was born September 24th, 1937 in Mineral Ridge, Ohio and was the daughter of Olin and Vivian (Lewis) Heitman. She grew up in Mineral Ridge where she graduated high school in 1955 and was baptized in Mineral Ridge Church of Christ. As for Janets career, she started as a secretary for National Gypsum and Ohio Edison and would later work at Hallmark in the Southern Park Mall for 17 years.


In Janets early years, she would meet the man who would become not only her high school sweetheart but the love of her life, Kay E. Garland. Janet and Kay were married on June 15th, 1957, which she considered to be “the happiest day of her life.” They built a home in Mineral Ridge and lived there until 1972 when they would move to Canfield and spend 52 years together, building a life, raising 3 children and making beautiful memories. Janet and Kay were a team and they did everything together up until his passing on September 18th, 2009.


Janet had many passions throughout her life, such as crafting and teaching ceramics, selling Avon, being a Girl Scout troop leader and homeroom mother, bowling in a league, crossword puzzles, sending and writing letters along with greeting cards, listening to country music and growing flowers. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and thoroughly enjoyed watching any basketball game on TV. Above all things, the most important to her, was spending time with her family.


To carry on her memory and love, Janet leaves behind her children, Amy (James) Mamonis Sr., daughter-in-law June Musolino and Robert (Jeanette) Garland; a sister, Shirley Cunningham; six grandchildren, Todd (Emma) Garland, Jessica (John Williams) Garland, Hillary (Derek) Smith, James (Jenna) Mamonis Jr., Joseph Mamonis, and Linley (Miguel Quinones) Mamonis; and 7 great-grandchildren, Kylie, Kelsey, Kayden, Evangeline, Angelo, Joseph Jr., and Mia (with one on the way.) Janet was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, and a son, Bruce Garland.


A private memorial will be held and a celebration of life will be planned at a later date.


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