Janet J. Packard, 68

Janet J. Packard, 68, of Lancaster, PA passed away on Friday, October 2, 2009 surrounded by her family. She was born in Detroit, MI to the late John and Sophie (Lewandowski) Okray. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her family was the core of her existence.

Janet was the wife of the late Charles A. Packard who passed away in 1994.

The Catholic faith was a huge part of Janet’s life. She devoted her life to raising her five children and provided them with a Catholic upbringing and education. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Janet attended the University of Detroit.

She was a member of the Sweet Adelines Chapters of Lancaster, Valley Forge, and Harrisburg. She volunteered at the Lancaster General Hospital gift shop, the Fulton Theater Guild, and gave tours of President Buchanan’s Wheatland Home. She was a member of the Lancaster Newcomers Group.

Janet enjoyed the arts, singing, theater, painting, and traveling globally. She valued relationships and her close network of friends.

She is survived by five children, two daughters, Cyndi Mooney, wife of Christopher, of Lincoln University, Susan Prantil, wife of Robert, of West Chester, three sons, Jeff Packard, husband of Laleh, of Leesburg, VA, Chuck Packard, of Lancaster, Quinton Packard, husband of Sharon, of Virginia Beach, VA, thirteen grandchildren, two sisters, Patricia Donnelly, wife of Bud, of Harbor Beach, MI, Dorothy Okray, of University Park, FL, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 11:30am from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 501 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA 17602 with Rev. Daniel Mitzel as the Celebrant. A visitation with the family will take place at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Inc. 414 E. King St. Lancaster, PA 17602 on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm with the Holy Rosary Recitation at 7:45pm and again on Wednesday from 10-11am at the funeral home. Interment will take place from the Mausoleum at Conestoga Memorial Park. Memorial Contributions in Janet’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 314 Good Drive Lancaster, PA 17603. To send the family online condolences please visit

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While taking a walk, or sitting at the MillCreek tea shop patio and talking, attending a program in which dear Janet was singing so joyously, or visiting with her at her home or our’s, Janet always was filled with joy and happiness.  When her son, Quinn, as a Marine serving in Iraq, was far away, Janet asked the Prayer Group to pray for him and his family…never losing hope that he would once, again, be safely home.  Many times, Janet spoke about her family and especially her grandchildren, whom she loved so very much.  Janet was always a ray of hope, fun and beauty.  This world will not be the same without her.
We loved her very much.
Bob Dunn and Hawton-Hill

My condolences to you in this time of sorrow.  Your Mom was a sweet, kind friend who always cheered up the room with her arrival. I met Janet in Neighbors and Newcomers awhile ago and always enjoyed being with her at various events. She usually had stories about her beloved grandchildren and how she delighted in being with them. I appreciated the sense of family she had and how she loved you all so dearly. I will miss her cheerful smiling face and pray now she is in peace with the Lord.
I hoped to get to the final arrangement, but could not do so.  Please do not think I didn’t care. I thought of and prayed for your Mom everyday when the news of her illness was known.  May God bless you all and know your Mother was a special lady.
Jeanne T Hamilton

It is very sad that we all have lost Janet.
What is even more sad is that she didn’t have the chance to fight.
I know there was fight in her to live, but she was hit with a cancer bomb.
Some may say that she was spared pain and discomfort. That is probably true,  but she also missed moments of happiness and joy that could have been a part of the fighting time, moments shared with her family and friends. It was not fair for such a lovely person to be taken so suddenly. 
There is a pall over the community because of her passing.
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family members.
Bill and Lorraine Oetting

Janet was so much fun. No matter where we were she could always find something to laugh about or sing about. She was a good friend to all and I knew that I could count on her. Janet sang with me in our "Golden Girls" group at Christmas time on the House Tour. She was also the Bass in our quartet "Dream On". She always had wonderful things to say about her children and how much she loved her grandchildren. We celebrate her life and miss her presence among us. Go in peace and love, Janet.
Much love,
Nancy Fries

I smile when I think about Janet.  We sang together in the Brandywine Sweet Adeline Chorus.  She was a JOY to be with….I roomed with her on trips;  enjoyed wonderful dinners in her lovely Newtown Square Home;  spent an evening laughing at her jokes.  She was a gracious hostess and a cheerful, up-beat beautiful person. It was an honor to know her.
Allegra Sanner, Hershey’s Mill, West Chester, Pa.

Janet was such a wonderful and warm person. I feel blessed to have known her briefly through the years as a Sweet Adeline and to have spent some very lively, funfilled days as her suite-mate during our Chorus competitions. Her beautiful face and smile will be imprinted in my memory forever ! Unfortunately, I have recently undergone surgery and will be unable to attend her Service.

My very heartfelt condolences to her family members. May God give you the strength to bear the loss of this very dear lady and May she find the Peace and Harmony she deserves.

With a musical "Cheers" to her life well-lived and with best wishes to you all.
Shyamali Godbole, MD

Janet and I sang together with Sweet Adelines for 10 years.  Janet was the happiest, most upbeat person I knew and she made "chorus life" a real treat for me. Janet and I traveled together, roomed together and shared many good times, along with some sad,personal times.  We shared our secrets, our concerns, our hopes and dreams for the future.  It is my great pleasure to name Janet as one of the dearest friends I have known.  She will be missed so much, especially by me.  I know Janet is, right now, singing bass in God’s great chorus.
God Bless you, Janet!!!

Our sympathies to her precious family, and our continued prayer for these difficult days.
Irwin and Lana Rosner
neighbors at 134 Bank Barn Lane

Please accept my sincere condolences.  I knew Janet from Sweet Adelines.  She will be greatly missed by her friends.
Sarah Robinson – Former Valley Forge Chorus Member

Please accept our sympathy on the death of your mother. We did not know her personally, but do recall seeing her lovely countenance at Sugar Plums and Tea Shop from time to time. God bless you and comfort you with happy memories and loving family and friends in the days and moments of missing your Mother.
Barbara & Brian Tolbert
4 Lower Green, MillCreek

To The Children of Janet Packard:  Your mother was a neat lady.  I got to know her when she joined the bass section of the Red Rose Sweet Adelines.  We learned to enjoy each other’s company.   Your mother, Ellen Smith, Barb McConnell and I roomed together at competition every year that all 4 of us was in the chorus.   When I moved on to Greater Harrisburg, we kept in touch from time to time.  We reconnected when she came to GH.   From time to time we’d meet for lunch, always enjoyable.
My deepest sympathies to each of you.   The blessing you have is your good foundation and the great memories.
God bless each of you.    
Rochelle Lauver. Ephrata,PA

Dear Family,
I did not know your mom personally, but I am a neighbor in the community that I’m sure she loved.  I exend to you my sorrow as you grieve the loss of one so dear and celebrate with you the eternal life she now has because of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Deb Tunstall
108 Little Hill

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mom/grandmom.  Janet and I sang together for many years in the Valley Forge chapter of Sweet Adelines.  What a sweet woman.  I heard of her passing too late to attend the services, but hope that you will accept my prayers and love for Janet and her family. 
Sincerely, Arlene McMahon

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