BALDWIN, Janet Louise, wife, mother, and teacher, passed away May 23, 2012, in Tampa, Florida, at age 85. She died six months after her husband of 65 years, Coach Richard Baldwin. She is survived by three daughters, Judy Baldwin, Sandy Thomas and Debbie Bere; five grandchildren, Richard Baldwin Thomas, Lauren Thomas Compton, Heather Stephanie Ryan, Joe G. Conley and Cody Richard Conley; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Dr. Philip L. Reitz, and his wife, Joanne and their children. Janet and her husband, Dick grew up as next-door-neighbors in Olean, New York, where their brothers were best friends. Janet and Dick fell in love when he returned from England after WWII and she was a college student. They married in 1947, and lived in Binghamton, NY for 53 years, Houston six, and Tampa four years. Having delayed her college education to get married, Janet returned when her daughters were in high school, and graduated from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton in 1966. She taught fifth grade at Theodore Roosevelt School from 1967-1980. Janet's husband was the athletic director and basketball coach at Broome Community College. Throughout the basketball seasons Janet would take her fifth grade boys to home games to be ball-boys for the team, introducing them to experiences they would not otherwise have had. Janet played the French horn in her high school orchestra. Using this skill, she celebrated the birth of her second grandchild by playing "Reveille" on a trumpet from a porch overlooking the hills of Kentucky, at sunrise, in her nightgown. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to a cause of one's choice.
Published in TBO.com on Dec. 8, 2012