Keith, Janet Louise (VanHouten) "Mitzie"
March 30, 1935 - July 10, 2013
Born in Utica, NY, formerly of Horseheads, NY: Plant and flower lover, passionate cook, made the best fried chicken this side of Kentucky, studied recipes, appreciative of small things, touched hearts with her sensitivity, modest, liked to play games-euchre and played to win, had a great wit about her, a holiday hostess extraordinaire, humble, a planner and a thinker. Sunday ad coupon analyst, wise and frugal, she stopped to smell the roses, gracious, best homemade pierogie maker ever, enjoyed music, a classy and sassy lady, blessed with amazing ageless skin and gorgeous black hair, a genuine caregiver. Lover of Scripture and The Lord. Filled with a deep faith in God. Steadfast, the strongest woman ever. She had grit! Reese's peanut butter cup hoarder. Quick to forgive. Extremely organized. Sacrificed her own needs for others often. Kind. A teacher to many-for she was filled with wisdom. Opinionated and particular. A constant. The glue that kept her nine kids close. Ethereal. Devoted to her family. Loving wife to George Keith Sr. II, Mother and Grandmother we adored and will miss always. Peaceful journey, Janet. With love from your children:Cindy Sherman) Head, Tina (Dan) McCullough, Rena (Russ) Sinclair, Tammy (Lonnie) Drake, Mike (Margie Edgerly) VanHouten, Todd (Laura) VanHouten, Janet (Ian) Mills Kelly (Andy) DeGuire, Karla (Jay Benjamin) Johnson, George (Lucy) Keith, son of George Keith Sr. Mary Ann VanHouten, loving daughter-in-law. And from your 29 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Memorial Service to be held at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post on Monday, July 15, 7pm. Graveside Service to be held the following day in Maple Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to CareFirst, Corning, NY or do something kind for a stranger. Funeral arrangements being cared for by James D. Barrett Funeral Home.
Published in Star-Gazette from July 13 to July 15, 2013