Janyce Claire Kotch, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after a short illness. She was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at the time.
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Born in Plymouth on Aug. 1, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Katherine and Howard Ross.
Jan graduated from Hanover High School in 1947 and received her RN from Homeopathic Hospital and Nursing School in Wilkes-Barre.
After graduation from nursing school, she spent a year working at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City before she joined the U.S. Navy as a navy nurse. She was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., for two years during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. After her service, she worked in several hospitals, including Nanticoke General Hospital, until she started her family.
Jan was an active member of the First Primitive Methodist Church of Nanticoke for more than 60 years. She sang in the church choir, attended Sunday school and assisted with Vacation Bible School and the Good News Club. She attended many Bible studies and prayer meetings over the years, drawing her closer to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jan never wanted to grow old, and she had more life and passion than many people a quarter of her age. She was a mischievous, spunky, spiritual, generous, funny, giggly, perceptive, spontaneous, kindhearted, practical joker and adventurer who parachuted for the first time on her 80th birthday, ziplined two years later and was planning a second parachute jump for her next birthday. She was famous for her style (especially her airbrushed nails), her sense of play, her huge heart and her desire to make other people happy. She loved going out to dinner, and was a regular at many restaurants around the Wyoming Valley. She looked forward to going on vacations, especially to Atlantic City and to Myrtle Beach, where she would always stalk out the nearest Elvis Presley impersonator. She also enjoyed spending time in Canada on fishing trips with her husband.
Her house was always open to everyone, and her grandchildren and their friends spent innumerable hours with her during the summer at her "delicious" pool. She was anticipating the start of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Big Brother," both of which she never missed an episode. She was always looking out for someone else, noticing people that other people passed over. She was a life force who will be deeply missed by so many people.
Jan was preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Merlyn Ross.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Michael Kotch, with whom she celebrated her 59th anniversary last month. She is also survived by her children, Katherine Kotch, Nanticoke; Robin Muth and her husband, Gerard, Nanticoke; Michael Kotch, Nanticoke; and David Kotch and his wife, Geri, Flourtown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sara Kane and her husband, Marty, Patrick Muth, Samantha Muth, Kayla Kotch, Sydney Kotch, David Kotch and Alexa Kotch; and her dog, Angel.
Funeral services will be held at the First Primitive Methodist Church, 101 E. Church St., Nanticoke, at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Kyle Gildner officiating.
Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014
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