Janice Blanchard


Janice K. Blanchard, 77, of Defiance, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on May 14, 1936, to John and Luella (Wolf) Blanchard in Pleasant Bend, Ohio. Janice graduated from Holgate High School in 1955. She was a member of Bethel Christian Church, Arthur, Ohio. Janice was an in-home nanny for various families for 30 years, (in one case working with two generations of the same family). Her gift in life was caring for children. She was a Sunday school teacher at Ayersville United Methodist Church and in its choir. She was a member of the Henry County All-County Choir and loved singing in choirs. She had a poem published in Young America Sings. Janice enjoyed reading, playing cards, her cats, and traveling.

Janice is survived by her sister, Karen Blanchard of Defiance; two nephews; two nieces; nine great-nieces and -nephews; and 10 great-great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Earl Blanchard; and a sister, Lael Joan Davenport.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 28, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 10-11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Bethel Christian Church, Arthur, Ohio, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or to the Bethel Christian Church building fund. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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