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Janet C. Kleinknecht

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Janet C. Kleinknecht

AGE: 83 • Manchester

Janet C. (nee Monahan) Kleinknecht, 83, of Manchester, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Born and raised in Orange, Janet lived in Keansburg for many years before moving to Manchester in 1985. When living in Keansburg, Janet was a parishioner of St. Ann's Church, where she volunteered for almost everything, including the PTA and working in the rectory. After moving to Manchester, she became a parishioner of Saint John's Church in Lakehurst and was very active in Cedar Glen West, heading clubs and events. When meeting others, she would often adopt them as her niece, nephew, or other family member. After meeting her, she made you feel like family. Janet could always see the good in every situation, and could find humor and happiness in the most negative and dire circumstances.

Janet was predeceased by her husband, John in 2002; her grandson, Nicholas Ott in 2011; and her four siblings, Jack, John James, Shirley and Jimmy. She is survived by her loving daughter, Debra Ott and her husband Stephen; her cherished granddaughter, Julia; her cousin, Sharon; and her devoted canine friends, JD and Tug.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Saint John's Church, 619 Chestnut St., Lakehurst, NJ 08733, with interment to follow at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightsown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet's memory can be made to either the Cpl. Nicholas Ott Memorial Fund online at or by mail: your check, payable to "MTEF/Ott Memorial Fund", to MTEF, P.O. Box 168, Whiting, NJ 08759 or to the Manchester First Aid Squad, 29 South Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759. For tributes, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 23, 2013
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