VERNON - Janice G. Barth, 63, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, with her husband at her side.
Born in Trenton, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Cecilia Puhl Gerring. Janice grew up in Wyandotte, Mich., and had been a resident of Vernon Township since 1977 and prior to that had resided in Long Island, N.Y.
Janice was an undergraduate of Central Michigan University and received her master's degree in education from Seton Hall University. She began her teaching career in Michigan and upon moving to New Jersey continued teaching at Rolling Hills School in Vernon, teaching second and fourth grades. She retired from teaching after 23 years at Rolling Hills.
Throughout her lifetime, she received many awards and acknowledgements for her professional and civic involvement. Janice received the American Red Cross Mrs. Joseph P. Quinn, Sr. award in 1996 for a program she established at Rolling Hills School and continued until her retirement in 2010; she was nominated for the United Way Mary T. Stuart Community Service Award in 1996; she received the Governor's Teacher Recognition in 1998; she also received the Teacher Scholar in Residence Award in 1999. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society. Janice was an active and involved member of Holy Counselor Lutheran Church in Vernon, where she sang in the choir and served on Church Council.
After her retirement from teaching, she along with her husband volunteered at the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Stables and the Harvest House food pantry. She enjoyed kayaking, Zumba dancing, and traveling with her husband. Most of all she enjoyed the love of her family, and especially her grandson, Jackson.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Fred Barth, of Vernon; her sons, Brian Barth, of Los Angles, Calif., Robert Barth and his wife, Jennifer, of Los Angles, Calif.; her grandson, Jackson Barth; and brothers, Norman Gerring of Lincoln Park, Mich., Jacob Gerring of Beverly Hills, Fla., and Robert Gerring of Rivera Beach, Fla.; along with several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Road, Sussex. Memorial interment of ashes will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Vernon. Memorial visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to Holy Counselor Lutheran Church at the address listed above or Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Road, Newton, NJ. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Ferguson-Vernon funeral home Vernon. To offer online condolences, please visit www.fergsuonvernonfuneralhome.com