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Janet Marlene White, 87, of Rochester

Janet Marlene White, 87, of Rochester, bid us a fond farewell on the early evening of Tuesday, September 13, 2022.  


On October 27, 1934, Janet Marlene Keesey was born in Akron.  She was a treasured daughter of Odie Merle and Nona Van Lue Keesey.  Janet came into the world destined to be a charmer as the namesake of two screen star beauties Janet Gaynor and Marlene Dietrich, two of her father's favorite actresses.  She was classy,  sassy and lived up to the name with a likeable personality and glamor girl, looks that eventually caught the eye of her first husband William A. Anderson. From their union came four wonderful children Debbie, Karen, Tracy and Doug.  The family tree continued to grow with the blessings of two more generations.


Growing up in a large and loving family, Janet was the youngest of 12 siblings.  She attended the Akron Schools then graduated with the Akron High School Flyers Class of 1953.   Later that year on December 5, 1953 she married William Anderson sadly he preceded her in death on April 28, 1984.  


On February 17, 1989, Janet married Tom White in Rochester.  They shared 22 years of life's adventures.  Sadly, he preceded her in death on October 20, 2011. 


As a homemaker, Janet enjoyed life living on Lake Manitou while being involved with her many interests and activities.  She was a good cook, had an eye for antiques and was a charter member of the Women of the Moose since 1973.  She was a member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary since 2012.


A lady of diverse interests, Janet was Julia Child, Martha Stewart, American Pickers and the Antique Road Show all rolled into one.  She had a knack for knowing value, she had a flare for decorating and she made a profound art of making a house a home.  Janet could laugh at herself yet, she possessed the skills of strength when life treated her roughly.  Janet took everything in stride, all the way to her exit.  Her greatest attribute was her ability to love with her whole heart and in return she was loved fiercely.


Left to cherish Janet's memory are her children Debbie (Mark) Tyler, Karen Anderson all of Rochester, Tracy Anderson and wife Yolanda Sandoval of Seattle, WA,  Doug (Angie) Anderson of Rochester 5 grandchildren Corey (Jenny) Tyler, Craig (Jenna) Tyler, Courtney Tyler, Mindy Schwarte and companion Pandgey Parry, Angie (Ryan) Rich; 11 Great-Grandchildren Shaela, Shelby, Shandy, McKinzie, Kennedy, Landon, Luke, Tyler, Riley, Hannah, Emerson; a sister Pat Stansbury of Rochester, special life-long friend since first grade Nellene Rentschler.


Preceding Janet in death are her husbands William A. Anderson, Tom White, 7 sisters Doris Ellis, Mable Florence Baber, Helen Putterbaugh, Evelyn Miller, Ruby Cumberland,  Katheryn Hatch,  Sue Smith; 3 brothers Robert Dean Keesey, Raymond Keesey, and Fred Keesey.


A celebration of the life of Janet Marlene White will be at noon on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.


Her family will receive friends from 10:00 am till the hour of the service. Chaplain Tim See will officiate.   


Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.   


Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund thru the Northern Indiana Community, 227 East 9th Street, Rochester, IN  46975 or The Lake Manitou Association, P.O. Box 376, Rochester, IN  46975 or the Alzheimer's Association 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, NY  NY  10001. 


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