Janet L. Spitzer

  • Born: September 10, 1934
  • Died: September 23, 2021
  • Location: Manahawkin, New Jersey

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Janet L Spitzer, age 87, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Genesis Southern Ocean Center, Stafford Township, NJ. The daughter of the late Frederick and Teresa Spitzer, she was born on Sept. 10, 1934 in East Orange, NJ.

As a single mom in 1969 she embarked on a journey that would take her back to school while raising three children, first earning her GED and then an Associates in Art from Somerset County College in 1972, a Bachelors of Arts from Drew University in 1974 and then onto Princeton University where she graduated with a Masters in Divinity in 1981, followed by a Masters in Psychology from Duquesne University in 1987.

She left her mark helping others working in various capacities as a social worker and minister during her career which spanned four decades. She started and was President of Fragmented Families Assistance Counseling Education in Morristown, NJ and Family Crossroads in Darlington, PA where she provided counseling to recently divorced individuals and their families. She was also a founding member of Creation Spirituality in the New Port Richey, Florida area where she delivered some of her most passionate sermons. She received numerous honors over the years including the Distinguished Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to the Counseling Profession from the American Biographical Institute. She was also a co-founder and co-owner of Bill's Army and Navy in Beaver Falls, PA.

A quintessential wanderer, she was always up for an adventure, never staying in one place longer than a few years. Her travels allowed her to call many places home throughout her life including Millburn, Somerville, Madison, Chatham Township, Finderne, Princeton, Absecon, Galloway, Basking Ridge, Whiting, Toms River, Lanoka Harbor, and Manahawkin in NJ, Bridgeville, Chippewa, and Darlington in PA as well as New Port Richey in Florida and Easley, Pendleton, Spartanburg and Greenville, SC. She was known to say "Remember, not all who wander are lost."

Janet had a love of traveling, reading, all things purple and the sun, moon and stars. She was always encouraging others to "be yourself, no matter what." She was an accomplished crafts person and seamstress making innumerable costumes, holiday crafts and clothing for so many.

The one constant in her life was her love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Cape May where she would vacation at the Point inviting family and friends to join her. Her last wish was to be remembered at Sunset Beach where her spirit will remain for eternity, followed by a celebration of her life at the Lobster House. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Harold (Rose) Bond and Gordon (Lauren) Bond of New Jersey, and her daughter Karen (Michael) West of South Carolina; her four grandchildren, Keri (Dan) Calabrese, Christine (Jason) Maher, Rachel and Connor Bond; and her great grandchildren Lucas and Riley Calabrese, and Liam Maher, as well as her sister Alice McCrae, her brother Leonard Spitzer and many other relatives. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her sister Irene, and her brothers Richard, Arthur, Frederick, and William.

A special thank you to the staff of Genesis Southern Ocean Center in Manahawkin for their kindness and compassion. Inurnment and service will be held privately per Janet's request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of one's choice.