Janet J. Gilson, 88, a longtime resident of Jamestown, N.Y., and Silver Bay, Ontario, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, in WCA Hospital.
She was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Buffalo, N.Y., a daughter of the late S. Ellis and Edith Nesper Jones.
Janet was a devoted wife to her late husband John, who passed away March 24, 2013; a mother to Cin-dy Siegel, Susan Gilson and John Gilson, and their spouses Richard, Daniel and Florence; and a grand-mother to Katharine (Joshua), Elizabeth, Gilson, Benjamin, Patrick and Michael. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A 1947 graduate of Oberlin College, Janet taught in the Jamestown Public School System at the Jamestown High School, for more than 20 years, and the city streets are safer due to the many drivers trained under Janet's tutelage.
She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, a former president of the Marvin Community House Board, an active member of the Chautauqua County and Western New York Retired Teachers Association and a member of the Ingjald Lodge 65 Independent Order of the Vikings. Janet has left her special mark on many of the areas people, institutions and organizations.
She is also survived by a sister, Suzanne Kates of Tonawanda, N.Y.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First Lutheran Church. The Rev. Daniel Nagle, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the Lind Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Janet at www.lindfuneralhome.com.