Janet Cippel 87 Ford City
Janet M. (Mechling) Cippel, 87, of Ford City passed away Saturday October 9, 2021 peacefully at her home. Janet was born June 26, 1934 in Ford City, the daughter of Walter Benjamin and Florence Mae (Wolfe) Mechling. She was a lifelong resident of Ford City graduating from Ford City High School in 1952. After High School Janet was employed as a secretary for the Ford City Union School District eventually advancing to the position of Executive Secretary for Superintendent Dr. Willis A. Baum. Janet married her sweetheart Joseph Cippel on April 18, 1959. Janet and Joe were married 59 years until Joe's passing in October 2018.
Janet was the Secretary/ Treasurer of Klingensmith's Drug Stores Inc. which she owned with husband Joe. She worked in the company office assuming multiple roles for many years until retiring in the late 1980's.
Among her other duties, Janet raised 3 children; Colleen, David and Joe Jr. Raising her children in the 1970's, she enthusiastically embraced discipline and could resolve conflicts swiftly – often with minimal negotiation. She was also a meticulous housekeeper and took great pride in her annual spring cleaning. She also enjoyed working in the yard and tending to her flowers but her favorite task was caring for her 4 Miniature Schnauzers over a span of 50 years.
Janet was an avid sports fan and supported all the Pittsburgh sports teams. In January 1976, she and Joe attended Super Bowl X in Miami when the Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys.
Beginning in the mid- 1990's and for next 21 years she and Joe thoroughly enjoyed spending the winter months at their home in Moss Creek (Hilton Head SC).
Janet was always taking care of something or somebody. She loved to laugh and wore a smile every day in her many roles: mother, daughter, wife, niece, aunt, cousin, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She will be sadly missed.
Janet is survived by her daughter Colleen Cippel; sons David (Lisa) Cippel and Joseph Jr MD (Paula) Cippel, all of Ford City; grandchildren Steven, Matthew, Joseph III, Charles, Adam and Emma, all of Ford City; one brother Richard Mechling of Buford, Ga; nieces Joan Hess of Delmont, Leslie Liebmann of Greensboro, NC, nephew Kurt Mechling of Lawrenceville, Ga.
In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death her husband Joseph, siblings Georgia Martin, Josephine Montgomery, Fred Mechling; and granddaughter Anna Katherine Cippel.
Visitation will be Thursday Oct. 14 from 4:00pm till 8:00pm at the Mantini Funeral Home, Ford City. A prayer service will be held at 9:30am Friday Oct. 15 at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at Christ Prince of Peace Church, Ford City, with Monsignor John Cippel officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.
The family requests any donations be to The Divine Redeemer Catholic School, 726 4th Ave, Ford City, Pa 16226.