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Janice M. (Rishel) Smith

July 2, 1930 ~ March 26, 2019 (age 88)

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Janice M. Smith, 88, formerly of Madisonburg, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 26th at Hearthside Nursing Center in State College.  Born July 2, 1930 in Millheim, Janice was a daughter of the late Harry R. and Marian (Wolfe) Rishel.  She was a graduate of the former Miles Township High School.  In December of 1948, Janice married Robert Willard Smith, who preceded her in death on Sept 12, 2011. 

Janice is survived by one daughter, Shireen Hughes (Paul) of Gaithersburg, MD; two grandchildren, Ryan Hughes of Gaithersburg, MD and Alyssa Hughes of Clover, SC; and three great grandchildren, Riley, Dominic and Addison.  Also surviving are siblings, Shirley Neideigh, Lila Harter, Thomas Rishel (Sally) and Nancy Motz, numerous nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Betty Bailey.

Janice was a member of the Emmanuel U.M.C in Rebersburg.  She was employed as a QA Inspector at the former Corning Glass Works in State College, retiring with 25 years of service.  In her earlier years she enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City and doing decoupage.  She loved Pomeranians dogs and owned several through the years.  Janice was an avid tennis fan and would watch tennis matches on TV for hours on end. 

A memorial service in honor of Janice will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 5, 2019 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Rebersburg, with Pastor Valerie Delooze officiating.  Janice will be laid to rest in the Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery in Rebersburg.  Contributions in her memory may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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Memorial Service
April 5, 2019

11:00 AM
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
145 North Alley
Rebersburg, PA 16872


Alzheimer's Association
2595 Interstate Drive Suite 100, Harrisburg PA 17110
Tel: 1-717-651-5020

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