Janet L. Williams

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Janet L. Williams

October 13, 1951 - September 08, 2018

Beverly - Janet L. Williams, 66, formerly of Gloucester, died of heart failure on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.
Born in Newington, Conn., on October 13, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Howard V. and Margaret “Margot” (Goldsmith) Williams. Janet spent most of her childhood growing up in New Britain, Conn., with summers fondly spent at her family’s summer home on Lake Wappaquasset in Woodstock, Conn. In 1967, her family relocated to West Gloucester when her father purchased the historic William Haskell house on Lincoln Street in the Walker Creek neighborhood. After graduating from Gloucester High School in 1969, she continued her education at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Following graduation, Janet moved to Boston and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for over a decade. During this time she married Herbert Neuhaus, Ph.D., and eventually moved to Illinois, residing in Naperville and Wheaton over a number of years before returning to the East Coast to live permanently. Her marriage to Dr. Neuhaus ended in divorce.
In 1996, Janet moved back to her family’s home in West Gloucester to help care for her aging parents. It was at this time she became a parishioner at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester—a community that would become her foundation and family for the remainder of her life. She assumed many roles within the church—artist, Clerk of the Vestry, Altar Guild coordinator, active member of the Sunday Forum, and spokesperson for justice. Among her fellow parishioners, Janet was known as a woman of wit, candor, engaging curiosity, open-mindedness, and deep faith.
A gifted seamstress, she also excelled at quilt-making, and other textile crafts. She loved reading and never lost her desire to keep learning. But it was Janet’s deep love of animals that defined much of her character her entire life. She was never without the companionship of a furry loved one.
She is survived by her brother, David Williams and his wife, Marta of Austin, Texas. She was also the sister of the late Allen Williams of Newmarket, N.H.
Her memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, Monday, October 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on October 8, 2018
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Ann Marie and Dan Wright
Oct 15, 2018
We have very fond memories of Janet from long ago in Somerville. We remember her with love and her love of her furry babies. So sorry for this loss. She had a heart of gold. Sending you our love and condolences.
Lydia Priest
Oct 15, 2018
A true friend, Janet was! I especially remember her dry wit, coming out sometimes in St. John's services, sotto voce! Nothing to repeat here, but I still giggle..May you be with the angels now, including relatives and friends, still engaging them in laughter and joy.
Dawn Maychszak
Oct 14, 2018
I thought of my beloved friend Janet yesterday on her birthday and truky missed talking with her.

This was beautifully written. Im so happy I saw it on facebook.