Janet J. (Hartsel) Booth

September 30, 1924 ~ March 16, 2020 (age 95)


Janet Jayne (Hartsel) Booth, 95, of Tiffin, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Seneca House.

She was born on September 30, 1924 in Bettsville, Ohio to Fred and Ocie (Humberger) Hartsel.

She is survived by her loving family; children, Robert Booth, Jr., MD of Perrysburg, Bradford Booth and his partner Ann Wookie of Columbus and Betty (Dan) Lockard of Ft Myers, Florida; sister, Betty Craun of Bettsville; grandchildren Andrea (Kevin) Johnson, Bryan (Brianna) Lockard, and Chad (Megan) Lockard; and great grandchildren, Mason James Lockard, Madison Lee Lockard, Charles Robert Johnson and Katherine Jayne Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Ocie; and by Robert her husband of 60 years, in 2010.

She grew up in Bettsville with her sister Betty (Hartsel) Craun working at the family grocery store, Hartsel’s Market.  Janet attended Bowling Green State University and was an elementary school teacher for 33 years.

Janet married Robert Lee “Bob” Booth on June 18, 1951 after meeting on a blind date following his return from WWII.  They honeymooned throughout Europe after attending the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

In June of that year, they were invited to the American Embassy in Paris where they met Helen Keller.

Over their 60 years together traveling also took them to all 50 United States and additional Olympics in Montreal, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. They attended the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

Janet was active in many local organizations, including Tiffin Women’s Club, Democratic Women, American Association of University Women, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority from BGSU.  She volunteered at Tiffin Mercy Hospital and with Mobile meals.   Janet and Bob were active members of the First Christian Church in Tiffin.

The family wishes to thank the entire First Christian Church and Pastor Doug Devos and Pastor Emeritus Alonzo Wise, as well as the Hospice programs for their support during the past year and always.

Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery with a private graveside service.  A memorial church service will follow at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ or Seneca County Commission on Aging.

Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

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