Janet L. Fencl

Born: 09/15/1936 Passed:

Janet L. Fencl, 85, a longtime Kent area resident, passed away September 29th, 2021 after a brief illness. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Many students will remember Janet as a teacher. She began her career as an elementary school teacher at Franklin School in Kent and in Columbus, Ohio. She was a remedial reading teacher for Ravenna City Schools for more than 30 years. She encouraged students to write their own stories, as well as presented program highlights at teacher conferences. After retirement, she remained active with Portage County Teachers Association (PCRTA) and participated in awarding scholarships.

Music was a staple in Janet’s life. She played the piano and attended many musical performances. She enjoyed Akron Symphony Orchestra at E.J. Thomas Hall and The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. She supported Blossom Music Center and Kent State University (KSU) Orchestra and was a patron to The Cleveland Orchestra.

Social activities were important to Janet, and she made many lasting friendships with people in Coterie, The Chestnut Society, University Women, Afternoon and Evening University Women Book Groups, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Chapter No. 564. She was a 40-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary for outstanding women teachers. Janet was a member of The United Methodist Church of Kent for 37 years and was adored by the breakfast bunch who met after the early service.

Among Janet’s favorite things were the French Impressionists artists, the book The Pioneers by David McCullough, and the summer geraniums that graced her porch and yard.

Janet was born September 15th, 1936, on Chamberlain Road in Mantua. She was born at home. She grew up on a farm in Shalersville with her two sisters, Phyllis (Peters) and Louise (Bowers); and little brother, Paul.

Even more wonderful than being her friend was being her daughter. She is survived by daughters, Diane Fencl, of Fairlawn, Ohio and Denise Fencl, of Hampton, N.H. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Fencl.

There will be a private burial per her request. The family thanks all well-wishers for their flowers, cards, and calls. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cleveland Orchestra, The Nature Conservancy, or Cleveland Clinic Hospice in Copley.

Condolences and special memories of Janet can be shared with her family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com

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4 Tributes to Janet L. Fencl

  1. Jennifer Monteith says:

    Diane and Denise,
    Your Mom was always pleasant to chat with and a delightful person. I attended a number of The Chestnut Society, University Women, and The Cleveland Orchestra events with my Mom and yours when I was in Kent visiting over the years. It was also uplifting to hear the joy in my Mom’s voice when Jan called her while she was wintering in Cape Canaveral and I was in attendance. I greatly appreciated the kind words and lunch she took me out to after my Mom (Teri Monteith) passed September 19, 2018. My thoughts and prayers as you traverse this time of grief and sorrow.

  2. Robin A Lewis says:

    I recognized Jan’s name and picture in today’s Record Courier. She was a Title I Ravenna remedial reading colleague and dear friend of my mother, Lois F. Lewis, who died in 1990. My best to your family in your loss.

  3. Jeffrey S. Beckwith says:

    I had Miss Moore as my third grade teacher and then she became Mrs. Fencl. One of the best teachers I have ever had. I was in Kent visiting family and saw her walk into the Pufferbelly in Kent and had not seen her in 50 years. I was having lunch with three friends who were also in her class. She was delighted that we took time to speak to her, but did not recognize a one of us! I guess we had changed a lot in 50 years.

  4. Donna Erdmann says:

    Jan and I have been friends since our children were in Walls school. We were both involved in University women. Recently I would pick up lunch and we would chat at her house. We often went to Kent orchestra concerts and Cleveland orchestra concerts together. I will miss her very much. I am so sorry for your loss Diane and Denise.

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