Janet Nellis Mendler
1945 - 2021
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Mendler, Janet Nellis Janet Nellis Mendler was born Oct. 19,1945 in Detroit to John J. and Joyce Bayonne Nellis and died April 26, 2021. She graduated from Dearborn High School in 1963 and earned a BA degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Michigan (U-M). Janet loved journalism. You could find her seven days a week at her "hobby office" in Howell, working on behalf of the many organizations that were part of Janet's life. She taught journalism in the Livonia Public Schools, worked for The Marquette Mining Journal, The Dearborn Guide and The Ann Arbor News. A U-M Center for the Education of Women internship led to a 20-year career at the News Service, where Janet directed state media relations. She passionately believed in sharing knowledge and encouraging future journalists, and kept in touch with former students and interns. Janet was devoted to the Michigan Press Association, Michigan Press Association Foundation, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Central Michigan University's Journalism Hall of Fame. She served several terms on the Historical Society of Michigan board, which provided opportunities to travel to numerous historic locations. She is survived by her husband John; nephews Kevin (Nancy) Koehler, Eric (Diane) Koehler, Michael (Elizabeth) Nellis and Rob Nellis; nieces Kristin (Andy) Graves, Julie Nellis and Scout Nellis; many great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Nancy Abramson. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy and brother Jim and a great nephew. Memorial service plans pending. Donations in Janet's name can be made to the Michigan Press Association Foundation, 827 N. Washington Ave., Lansing MI 48906.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Apr. 29 to May 2, 2021.
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May 10, 2021
John, so sorry for the sadness you are feeling with life without Janet. I so enjoyed my friendship with Janet back in the day when we worked together, then our paths crossed often and we laughed about how much we liked our VW Pissats. I hope the love of family and friends, and memories help you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Kim Barrett
Kimberly Barrett
Friend
May 8, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this news! I only knew Janet from summers in Northern Michigan, but there were many, going back to when she was my babysitter. I will miss our annual chats and occasional snail mail with a newspaper clipping very, very much. Hugs to John and all the Nellis’.
Karen McAninch
Friend
May 6, 2021
No surprise to learn Janet was engaged in projects and meetings to the end. Not just "busy," but determined and deeply involved. She was an inspiration, My deepest condolences to John and her extended familyl
Pat Materka
Friend
May 3, 2021
I worked with Janet at the U-M News Service for many years. She was a strong advocate for local journalism, especially small newspapers. While everyone else was obsessed with The New York Times, Janet wanted coverage in Grand Rapids, Cadillac and Brighton. She was one-of-a-kind.
Sally Pobojewski
Coworker
May 2, 2021
Janet: You will certainly be missed. I very much enjoyed working with you as part of NMU Alumni Board, you brought both energy and a commitment to move the board forward. To your family and friends we offer our deepest sympathy.
Jim Jenkin
Friend
May 2, 2021
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Mary Kay Murray
May 2, 2021
Oh, Janet. I will miss you. I always admired your style and your wit. Truly, the UP history conference will be less than without you. Please send messages from the next step. We continue.
Joyce Kowatch
Acquaintance
April 29, 2021
Janet, you were the best! Witty, smart and friendly. Gonna miss you, my friend. John, my warmest condolences. May your memory live forever.
Bill Bailey
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