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Janice C. Sweeney


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Janice C. Sweeney

Marco Island, FL

Janice C. "Jan" Sweeney passed away peacefully on March 12, 2017. She was born on January 30, 1930 in Wilmington, DE to Walter and Marjorie Conner (nee Gentieu). She is survived by her children, Michael H., Diane M. (Christopher) Fowler, Daniel J. III, Christopher M. (Kandy), of Marco Island; and Victoria L. (Terrence Raftery) of Reston, VA, and grandchildren Erica, Shannon and Christopher "Kit" Fowler, Kayla and Arianna, and Eamon and Quinn Raftery-Sweeney. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane (Dick) Highfield of Hamden, CT, and nieces Andrea Ellis and Sarah Gaden and their families. She is predeceased by sister Suzanne (Neil) Thomas and is survived by nephews Neil and Jeffrey and their families.

Jan graduated from Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington and worked for several years in successively responsible administrative positions for Hercules, Inc. She left Hercules upon her marriage to Daniel J. Sweeney of Philadelphia, PA, and she eagerly began the energetic work of raising five children. In 1973 they relocated to Marco Island, and shortly thereafter she resumed her administrative career, having served in that capacity for the Marco Beach Hotel and Villas (now the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort), as well as Marco Island attorneys, realtors, and condominium associations. She retired in 2009. She was pleased to call Marco Island her home for 44 years.

Jan was an avid fan of Bruce Springsteen, having written and edited a Springsteen newsletter, attended more than 40 Springsteen concerts in numerous cities, and maintained decades-long friendships with fellow Springsteen fans across the country. She was exceptionally skilled at completing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, and was a founding member of Marco Island's Jolly Roger Puzzle Club, whose members have gathered weekly since the 1980s to discuss each week's puzzle. An avid reader, she was known to read a book a week. She loved collecting Madame Alexander dolls and particularly enjoyed their "Gone With the Wind" editions. She loved baseball, and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. She will be remembered as a loving mother and a kind soul, and will be missed by her family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Marco Island on March 24 at 1:00 pm. Flowers are welcome, and contributions may be sent to Amnesty International or the .
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 20, 2017
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