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Janice M. Cross

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Janice Marlene Devenger (Schaffer) Cross of Barre and formerly of Danville, Vt., and Lee, Mass., passed away on January 20, 2012 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
She was born on December 30, 1933 in Danville, the daughter of Ernest and Mildred (Kelly) Devenger. She graduated from Danville High School in 1952. Robert E. Schaffer and Janice married on October 5, 1953 in Danville. After the death of Robert, Janice remarried her high school sweetheart, Robert Cross of Barre, Vt., on June 7, 1996.
Before her marriage to Robert Schaffer she was employed at St. Johnsbury Trucking Company, after moving to Massachusetts she was employed at Bonded Collection Agency in Pittsfield and later retiring in May of 1995 from Berkshire Physicians and Surgeons. While she and Robert lived in Shelburne, Vt., they witnessed the moving of the Steamship Ticonderoga from Lake Champlain to the Shelburne Museum.
Janice loved listening to music, playing the piano and singing in the church choir, both in Danville and Lee. Picnics, mall hopping, camping and outdoor barbeques in the back yard brought her great enjoyment. She also loved to do jigsaw puzzles, listen to country music, traveling to places she had never been, her cats, lighthouses and mountains, the outer banks of the Carolinas and most of all her home state of Vermont and being a Mom. Janice had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to listen and offer comfort or advice.
She was blessed with the love from two great husbands, her sons and all of her family and friends, both in Vermont and Massachusetts.
Janice is survived by her husband: Robert Cross, of Barre, her sons: Brian Schaffer, Norman Schaffer and wife Teresa all of Lee, three grandchildren; Melanie, Brent and Heather and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers; Wendall Devenger. and Delmas Devenger, and a sister; Lorraine Houghton.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. at The First Congregation Church in Lee, MA. A Burial will follow in the Fairmont Cemetery in Lee. Janice will also be buried in the Danville Green Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be sent to: The American Lighthouse Foundation, P O Box 565, Rockland, ME 04841.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Jan. 21 to Jan. 26, 2012
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