She was a “mother’s darling” to her five daughters, a friend to many, and a beautiful butterfly who tasted so much of life, but sadly Janet Lang passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 16, 2022. Janet grew up in Buffalo , NY where she developed her love of having the dining table filled with family and friends. After college, she married and moved to Canandaigua, NY to raise a growing family and begin teaching high school English, the first of two great careers. Her second career took her to Fairport, NY and working in human resources for Xerox Corporation. The combination of high energy and social awareness has resulted in initiatives such as a new high school black literature program and a job placement program outside the bail fund. Several efforts to help others included attending weekend plays for the children of migrant workers, cooking many meals at the Jennifer House (a residential reintegration program for the homeless), and volunteering at Pack, Paddle and Ski, FoodLink and White Lotus Buddhist Center among others. Later in life she found great kinship with the small Christian community group she met through the Spiritus Christi Church and she continued to find meaning through a generous gift of time and treasures alongside of these dear friends. Janet wore sandals in the winter, she loved Wegmans and was known to all the waiters at her local Applebee where everyone really knew her name. She enjoyed international travel and her deep love of the Adirondacks was known to many. Reading and enjoying music were part of his identity, as well as his great love of gathering people around his table for a meal. Janet has always tried to make the world a better place, and as she closes the final chapters of her book of life, her daughters want to thank the people who made her world a better place: Annie M and the wonderful staff at Two Bridges . and Hospicare, in Ithaca NY. Janet was predeceased by her father Mark, mother Helen, brother Mark and ex-husband Dick. She is survived by her five daughters, Karen, Mary Jo, Rosemary (Rob), Barbara (Pat) and Anne (Pete). She is also survived by her half-sister Jean, her sister-in-law Nancy and her niece Chris, as well as six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. If you would like to make a donation in her honor, consider Hoppsicare in Ithaca, NY, Jennifer House in Rochester, NY, or Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, however, the best way to honor Janet Lang is to live fully , with zest, love and laughter. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bangs Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to Janet’s family at www.bangsfuneralhome.com.
Posted on June 25, 2022
Posted in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle