JANICE JUDD (RICE) CUNNINGHAM - JOHNSON - Janice Judd (Rice) Cunningham died peacefully in The Manor in Morrisville, with family by her side, on Friday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the age of 88. She was the sixth of nine children born to Gladys Blakeslee Rice and Richard Rice of North Haven, Conn., and the last to pass away. Following high school, Janice worked in Yale University bursar's office where she met the love of her life, medical student, Peter R. Cunningham. In 1947, she and Peter, who passed away last October, were married. Together they raised five children, who with their spouses survive them: Penny and Jim Hommeyer of Groton, Mass., Pam and Bill Jaspersohn of Johnson, Betsy and Len Langer of Yarmouth, Maine, Peter and Mary Catherine Cunningham of Dayton, Maine, and Amy and Eric Schulz of Johnson. Prior to retiring to Johnson, Janice and Peter lived in Guilford, Conn., where Peter practiced pediatrics. Janice had a friendly competitive spirit that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was an accomplished tennis player, skier, sailor, gardener and antique house restorer. Janice loved nothing more than to pack a picnic, hop in her '65 Mustang convertible with Peter, and drive to the water for a sail on Long Island Sound in her beloved sailboat "Janessa". She enjoyed vacationing at the log cabin she built by hand with Peter on a pond in Maine. Her family will forever think of her at "the most beautiful time of day", when the setting summer sun would sparkle like diamonds over the water. Janice was the most perfect stay-at-home Mom who gave her kids a magical childhood. Whether she was knitting sweaters, sewing prom dresses, freezing vegetables from the garden, or making the world's best apple pie, it was all about fun and being together. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Everything was made from scratch with butter, and there were always homemade cookies in the cookie jar. At Christmas time, "Gram's" fudge was always the best of all gifts. Probably her greatest joy came from her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She and Peter crafted beautiful toys for their birthdays and Christmas. They took immense pleasure in watching countless musicals and concerts, soccer, lacrosse and hockey games and always braved the cold to cheer at Nordic skiing races. Janice loved to get her grandkids off the school bus and spoiled them with homemade treats and root beer floats. The many special skills and talents she passed on to her children and grandchildren will be Janice's lasting legacy. All the wonderful traditions we celebrate still with our families are ones that we learned and cherish from Mom. There will be a private family celebration for Janice and Peter now that they are together again.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 19, 2013