J anice Loretta Oliver, 66, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on Dec. 5, 1944, in Whitehall, she was the oldest of 10 children of the late Eugene and Loretta (Lamay) Bennett.
Janice was united in marriage to David W. Oliver Sr. on April 5, 1961. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and sister-in-law.
She was employed by Barber’s Clothing, Chase’s Market, Whitehall Police Department, serving on the force with her son, David Jr., and J. J. Petelle Electric in Fair Haven, Vt. She tended bar at the Whitehall American Legion and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service since 2001 and served as post mistress for the Clemons post office for the past 2-1/2 years.
Janice was a past member of the Washington County District Chairmen for the American Legion Auxiliary, served as den mother for Pack 49, NYS snowmobile instructor, volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels, was the first female exalted ruler for the Whitehall Elks, Lodge 1491, and currently state vice president for the Northern District and also volunteered for many breakfast, dinners and bingos for the Elks.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by one sister, Eileen (Bennett) Lane, nephew George Lane and aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Janice is survived by her husband of 49 years, David Oliver Sr.; sons David Oliver Jr. and his wife, Cindy, Duane Oliver and his wife, Wendy; brothers, Duane Bennett and his wife, Barbara, Garry Bennett and his wife, Linda, Charles Bennett and his wife, Tammy; sisters, Sue Mach and her husband, Joe, Donna Klein and her husband, Mike, Corinne Bennett Sellingham and her husband, Randy (Bones), Cheryl Bennett and Lori Cook and her husband, Tim; grandchildren, Mathew, Nicholas and Megan Oliver, Kassie and Amanda Vanguilder, Sydney Rathbun, Noah Sady, Richie Sady and his wife, Janelle, and one great-grandchild on the way; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and special friends, Harold and Marion Austin.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, with the Rev. Michael Flannery, pastor, officiating.
Family and friends may call at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams Street, Whitehall, on Friday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Post 83 will conduct a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and the B. P. O. E., Lodge 1491 will conduct a Lodge of Sorrow at 7:45 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the Washington County Hospice, especially Pam, Michele, Cherrie and Sandy for all their help. A special thank you to the physicians and staff at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Oncology Center for their wonderful care over the past 2-l/2 years.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in Janice’s name to the Washington County Hospice, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, N.Y. 12839.