Seneca Falls, N.Y. - Janette Thorpe Pfeiff, of Stevenson St., died Wednesday (December 15, 2010) at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
At her request there will be no calling hours, services will be family private. Arrangements are being handled by Doran Funeral Home, Inc.
Those desiring to make donations in her memory are encouraged to contribute to the Lt. David A. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship at Mynderse Academy of the Seneca Falls Central School District.
Born Syracuse, N.Y. October 4, 1934 schooled in all grades at Seneca Falls, Salutatorian Class of 1952, Mynderse Academy. BA, Economics, Vassar College, 1956. She was the daughter of John Albert and Lucile Plummer Thorpe of Fairview Farm, Seneca Falls.
Following college graduation her extensive career in Information Technology included IBM, where she participated in the Mercury and Apollo programs, the design of the first commercial real time multi-tasking operating system, and the marketing of mainframes and software to major corporations. Moving to RCA, she was manager of Customer Support for the Corporate Data Center and later Corporate Staff Manager of Strategic Planning for Information Systems.
Her contributions to the Apollo XI first manned Moon landing earned her awards from NASA. That momentous landing was an exciting and precious highlight of her professional career.
After retiring to her hometown of Seneca Falls, and to the farmstead where her family had lived for almost 170 years, she became an active volunteer in the community, chairing and serving on Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, the Seneca Falls Historical Society where she served as President of the Board, and the National Women's Hall of Fame. She was elected to two terms as Supervisor of the Town of Seneca Falls and served on the County Board of Supervisors. In addition she served as President of the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Church, on the Board of Trustees of the Geneva Regional Health System, the Seneca Depot Local Redevelopment Authority, the Savings Bank of the Finger Lakes, Escape by the Lake, Sullivan Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council among others.
Janette was honored by the United Way Agency as a 1996 Volunteer of the Year. She fêted as 1997 Woman of the Year by the Seneca Falls Women's History Month Coalition.
An avid traveler, she enjoyed many trips with her husband in the United States and Canada. Many European countries were favorite destinations, others included Iceland, Japan, China, New Zealand and Australia. Most of these were self-directed auto adventures including both carefully planned and fully surprising discoveries.
Her family members are exceedingly proud of the accolades expressed by all who knew and loved her for her intelligence, devotion to service, vivacious personality and generosity to all. She will be widely missed.
Janette is survived by her proud and adoring family: Husband, Robert of Seneca Falls; daughters, Cynthia (Kirtley) Woodcock of Salem, Maine and Elizabeth Wood Duffy of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; brother, Richard (Lucille) Thorpe of El Paso, Texas; nieces, Penni Thorpe (Paul Buchanan) of San Mateo, California and Pamela Grant of Lakeland, Florida; step-sons Robert (Patricia) Pfeiff of Fairfax, Virginia, Ernest (Casey) Pfeiff of Leonardtown, Maryland, Richard (Karen) Pfeiff of Huntingtown, Maryland, and step-daughter Mary Karen (Joseph) Mudd of Mooresville, North Carolina; and seven step-grandchildren, five Grand nieces and nephews, as well as several cousins and numerous dear friends.