Janice Marie Benninger, 85
Janice Marie Benninger, 85, of 216 Jackson Rd., Laceyville, PA passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 30, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born on March 5, 1926 in Meshoppen, she was the daughter of the late Courtney H. and Hanna Jane (Jennie) Love Loomis. Growing up in Meshoppen Janice was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, Class of 1944. She married Howard L. Benninger on June 15, 1947.
She worked as a secretary at Salem Products, a clothing factory in Meshoppen during WWII, and was also a secretary at other dress factories in Meshoppen and Black Walnut. After having children, she became a housewife and homemaker for her husband and family.
While living in Tunkhannock, she took care of many children in the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s. Janice and Howard then moved to Laceyville in 1971. She was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville. She absolutely cherished spending time with her family. Janice also enjoyed various crafts, such as ceramics, crocheting and sewing.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Howard L. Benninger of Laceyville; her son, Larry Benninger and his wife, Susan of Saegertown, daughter Barbara Davis and her husband, Donald of Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Melissa Davis Banks and her husband, Stephen of Dresher, Andrew Benninger and his wife, Lisa of Conneaut Lake, Dr. Kathryn Benninger Giroux and her husband, Sonny of Johnstown, Matthew Davis and his wife, Sarah of Lititz, Timothy Benninger of Pittsburgh, Gregory Benninger of San Luis Obispo, CA and Allison Davis Ramil and her husband, David of Phoenixville. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Dylan and Alex Banks of Dresher, Addy, Gordon and Maxwell Benninger of Conneaut Lake and Benjamin Giroux of Johnstown and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret (Maggie) Ferris on Oct. 28, 2009 and her brother, Dale Loomis on Oct. 22, 2004.
Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Braintrim Baptist Church, Church St., Laceyville, with Rev. Thomas Davis and Rev. Dave Faulkner of the church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the Braintrim Baptist Church an hour prior to the service on Friday at 10 a.m.
Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations, may do so to the American Diabetes Association or to the Braintrim Baptist Scholarship Fund, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA 18623.