Janet H. Strimple passed away peacefully on Memorial Day, 2021 in Seminole Florida. She lived her last few years with the same robust traits she demonstrated throughout her life: her love of reading, love of family, curiosity and interest in the world, and her caring attitude towards others. Throughout her life, Janet travelled the world with friends at every opportunity and as that passion turned to arm-chair travel in her later years, her appreciation for varied cultures never waned.
Once she passed her 90th birthday milestone, Janet often pondered the thought that she could live to be 100 … and she made it!!! With honor and love, her family gathered with her in Florida to share a fun celebration of her 100 years of life; The Beach Boys and beach balls kept things lively because she always loved the beach!
Janet was born May 3, 1921 to Gladys and Kenneth Huffman in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Janet graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1942 and was an active alumni of Alpha XI Delta Sorority. After college, Janet married Reed Strimple and settled in Kent Ohio, raising 3 children and volunteering for several different civic service groups in the Kent area.
With her children grown into young adults, Janet entered the work arena in 1968. In April of 1970 she was working as Secretary to the President of Kent State University at the time of the anti-war protests, where The National Guard was called on campus and four students lost their lives.
Janet relocated to Houston in 1971 where she worked as a secretary at Baylor College of Medicine before moving to Bechtel Corporation to serve as Executive Secretary to the Vice President and Manager of Projects. She was a faithful and active member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a longtime member of their Friendship Class and served on their Alzheimer’s Care Team for many years.
In 2013, Janet moved to Florida to live in Freedom Square Assisted Living, placing her near her daughter Bonita. She enjoyed walking their beautiful grounds and playing board games with friends. She became a member of Connect2Christ Church in 2014, which she faithfully attended.
Surviving relatives include: daughter Judith Redwine and husband Dan; daughter Bonita Graves and husband Jay; son Dan Strimple and wife Jan; grandchildren Scott Comernisky and wife Monique, Derek Starr Redwine and wife Amy, Dana White and husband Kevin and nine wonderful great grandchildren; brother Bob Huffman and wife Marion; plus several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A private graveside service will be held in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, July 5, officiated by Janet’s grandson, Derek Starr Redwine. Her ashes will be placed alongside her mother and father.
Rest in peace, Mom … Grandma .. Janet. We will all miss your laughter and leadership in our family and were blessed to have your love and guidance throughout our lives.