Janet F. Hoover

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Janet F. Hoover


Janet Frymyer Hoover, 87, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at her home on May 21, 2015, following a long illness. She was the loving wife of the late Paul Hoover for 64 years. Born in Lancaster in February 1928, she was the daughter of the late Watson and Edna Frymyer. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her son Blane Hoover and sisters Arlene Erb, Gladys Riley, Mary Ryner and brothers Watson Frymyer Jr. and William Frymyer.

She will be dearly missed by her four children, Brenda Hoover Bare married to Don Bare of Lancaster, Barry Hoover of Lancaster, Beverly Hoover Funk married to Pastor Gregory Funk of Elm and Barbara Hoover Snavely of Lancaster.  Janet was dearly loved by her seven grandchildren, Tricia Bare Stoltzfus, Tara Bare Kenkelen, Travis Bare, Trevor Bare, Kristen Funk Melhorn, Kurtis Funk and Brianna Funk Mellon. She was blessed with 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Dorothy Victorello of Lititz and Robert Frymyer of Akron.

After graduating from Paradise High School, Janet was employed by Stehli Company, a silk mill, in Lancaster with front office duties until her first child was born. Later she worked at Eastbrook Family Health Center as a receptionist until she retired. Not only did she know each patient, she also knew each chart number.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as a deaconess and later head deaconess. Earlier she served as a deacon at Leacock Presbyterian Church. She and her husband traveled with Westminster Presbyterian Church, including a trip to the Holy Lands and a church history tour to Europe.

Janet volunteered as a Gray Lady, delivering flowers and mail to patients’ rooms, at Lancaster General Hospital. She served as secretary of the former LABIC Association, a service for brain-injured children. She devoted much time on behalf of her oldest child who was brain injured. Always hospitable, she and her husband hosted international military men in their home.

One of Janet’s legacies is her delicious homemade chicken pie that she delivered to families with new babies or to families in times of illness. She enjoyed working in the church kitchen to prepare lunches, including meals following funerals, by adding special touches with homemade recipes and decorating. Her recreation room was transformed into a banquet hall for special occasions. 

She loved her family and always served special holiday dinners with all the trimmings!  Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much comfort and joy to her.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA with lunch to follow. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the start of the service. There will be a private interment at Conestoga Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcomed to Hospice and Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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