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Janet P. Hosmer

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Janet Pierpont Hosmer, 98, of Holden, MA, beloved wife of the late Maj. Humphrey B. Hosmer, USAF (Ret.), died with her family at her side on Sept. 14, 2017 at Carlton-Willard Village in Bedford, MA. She remained kind, gentle, generous, wise, and impish until the end. Born on Nov. 30, 1918 in Worcester, MA to Dorothy (Hobson) and Harlan Pierpont, Janet attended Bancroft School, summered at the familys beloved Stonebridge Farm in West Boylston, and attended All Saints Church in Worcester. At Concord Academy, class of 1938, she first met her future husband Hump. She later earned a B.A at Clark University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Assumption College. Janet lived abroad several times, from 1924-25 in France, from 1939-1940 in Mexico and from 1940-1941 in Newfoundland, Canada. When the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, she was evacuated from Newfoundland to the U.S. by ship at night, to evade German U-boats. During World War II, she worked as a teaching assistant at Bancroft and Chapel Hill schools in Massachusetts. Janet married her handsome Lieutenant Hump Hosmer in 1944, when he was home on leave from Europe, serving the Army Air Corps in bombing missions over Germany and Italy. They shared a love of the outdoors and sports. They skied, swam, played tennis, and golf. They hiked around Marthas Vineyard, climbed Mt. Washington, and camped along the east coast from Virginia to Canada. They had lifetime passes to Mt. Wachusett Ski Area, and competed in regional ski championships. Finally, at age 82 Janet won a national ski championship in Beaver, Colorado, and put away her skis. All Saints Church, where she taught Sunday School, was a key element in her spiritual life. She joined a sacred dance troupe at All Saints, that performed in many churches in the Worcester area. Janet loved the arts. She sang in the Worcester Chorus. She served as secretary to the Worcester Shakespeare Club, a play-reading group. She liked to paint in oils, take artistic photographs, and volunteered as a docent at the Worcester Art Museum. In her younger days, Janet acted in plays and kicked up her heels with the Memorial Hospital High Fever Frolics. Gardening and travel were also hobbies, and she competed in flower arranging. Her family was especially dear. Janet leaves three children and their spouses: Hilary Hosmer and Robert Holden of Bedford; Joan and Douglas Smith of Groton Long Point, CT; Stephen and Rily Hosmer of Bedford, MA. She also leaves four grandchildren and their spouses: Derek Smith and Chelsea of Vashon Island, WA, Katherine Holden and Patrick J. Cody of Cohasset, Jonathan Holden and Elizabeth Herson of Scituate, and May Hosmer and Mario Garcia of Houston, TX. She leaves nine great-grandchildren: Liam and Sasha Holden, Haley and Bree Cody, Ina and Henssy Olivencia, Karina and Ian Garcia, and Rook Smith. Janet was the sister of the late Harlan T. Pierpont Jr. Dorothy Grose, Barbara Ewer, John Pierpont, and Carlton Pierpont. A service celebrating Janets life will be held for family and those who knew and loved Janet at Dee Funeral Home in Concord Center (27 Bedford St.) at 11 am, Thursday Sept. 21, 2017, followed by burial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Janet requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to All Saints Church, 10 Irving St. Worcester, MA 01609. Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For online guest book please visit www.dee funeralhome.com.
Published in The Bedford Minutemen from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, 2017
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