Janette R. Painter
Janette R. Painter
WILLSHIRE, Ohio — Janette R. Painter, 90, a former longtime resident of Willshire, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 27, 2019, at Colonial Nursing Center in Rockford.

She was born on April 11, 1928 in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Harvey F. Crites and late Elizabeth E. (Haverstick) Crites. She married Charles L. Painter on Nov. 27, 1947, in Willshire, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1990.

She was a former member of the Van Wert County Harness Horseman’s Association.

Janette was the former owner of C.J.’s Restaurant in Willshire from 1975 to 1988. She had also worked at Lakeside Manor in Decatur, Decatur Casting, Joe’s Village Restaurant in Willshire, and she made pies for Painter’s Place in Willshire.

She enjoyed horse racing and watching her grandchildren play sports. She was an excellent pie baker and cook.

She is survived by a four sons, John (Dixie) Painter of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Charles (Barb) Painter of Celina, Ohio, Jeffrey Painter of Rockford, Ohio, and Stuart Painter of Decatur, Indiana; two daughters, Sherry (Brad) Adler of Willshire, and Lisa (Jon) Caffee of Decatur, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Gayla Painter of Willshire, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda A. Ramey in September of 2008; son, Lewis L. Painter in July of 2011; a great-grandson, Scott Gilbert; four brothers; and seven sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2019, at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. Pastor Diane Mendelson will be officiating and burial will follow at Willshire Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019, and one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice in Coldwater, Ohio.