Janet Petarra


PIONEER -- Janet Bostelman Petarra 61, of Pioneer, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2013.

She was born August 20, 1952, in Napoleon, Ohio, to Albert and Esther M. (Rathge) Bostelman. She graduated from Tinora High School in 1970. Janet married Frank W. Petarra and for 30 years they lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. After Frank died in March of 2010, Janet moved to Pioneer to be closer to her family. She attended St. John's Lutheran Church in Montpelier. She had been a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Defiance County. For the past three years she worked at the Pioneer Pizza Barn.

Janet is survived by one brother, Eldon (Debra) Bostelman of Defiance; three sisters, Elaine (Bob) Keinath of Reese, Michigan, Ruth (Bob) Martin of Pioneer and Betty (John) Burns of Columbia, South Carolina; 11 loving nieces and nephews; and 24 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation for Janet will be today at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 31, at 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Defiance County with Pastor Paul Gruetter and Pastor Robbie Ketcham to officiate. Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the DAV or donor's choice. Condolences may be made online at thethompsonfuneralhome.com.

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  • We will miss you very much Grandma Jan. We are so blessed that God brought such a beautiful person into our lives. Heaven truly gained an angel. Rest in peace. We love you.

    Love your Petarra family.

  • Jan married my Grandpa Frank and she loved each of us as her own not as a Step-Mom, Step-Grandma or Step-Great Grandma! Because of her AMAZING LOVE I am adding my addition to her obituary! Cousins, sorry if I missed anyone feel free to add, typing through tears but I tried to enter them by age not of importance cuz you know Grandma Jan shared her fishy faces with us equally! 

    Janet Petarra was also survived by her Children, Grand and Great Grandchildren whom she loved very much! Children Frank (Bill) Petarra, Tim Petarra,, Tony Petarra, and Debbie Petarra,, Grandchildren Monica, Marisa, Emily, Frankie, Tim, Dominique, Michael, Michael P, Julianna, Nicole and Chistopher, Great Grandchildren, Alexis, Sami, Brenna, Madddox, Frankie Jr, Sarah, Maddison, Zoey, Baby Girl Petarra and another Great Grandchild on the way.