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“A great classmate, rest in peace. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Richard A Heinrich - Washington, DC

“To Janice's Family, We are so sorry to hear of Janice's passing. We only knew her a short time at Kingston as our mom June's roommate. She was a...Read More »
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“People like you don't come along often. You were humorous and caring. You had a heart of gold and made all feel loved as long as I can remember,...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Craig Cornell - Elyria, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be truly missed. She was quiet a person. She will be missed. Aunt Janice always accepted...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Karen Grills - Wakeman, OH

“Janice, You will truly be missed and loved by everyone. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Donald Milleson - Gainesville, GA

“My kids called Janice "Gramma Janice" because she was there since they were born, and she helped out them so much when they were little. They loved...Read More »
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Janice Mae Butler, (Edwards), age 74, of Berlin Heights, died following a brief illness on March 12, 2012 at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. Janice was born in Avon, Ohio, but spent most of her life in Berlin Heights. She was affiliated with the Jehovah Witnesses of Birmingham. She graduated from Avon High School in 1956, where she was a proud Eagle cheerleader. Janice worked for Industrial Powder Coating in Milan, Ohio for 25 years before retiring. Janice will be missed by many.

She assisted her parents with their horse riding academy. Her father was a livestock dealer and through the riding academy Janice was able to meet people like Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, and Buck Rogers. Trigger, Roy Rogers horse, performed at the academy. This exposure to horses at a young age caused Janice to develop a lifelong love and passion for animals.

In the 50's Janice started the first 4-H Club in Wakeman where she gave riding lessons to young Clover Buds, and assisted them in competing at local and state fairs. She also worked as a young girl at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Wakeman. Janice soon was recognized as a professional horse trainer and rider in the horse circuit and was asked to ride show horses for different owners. Janice was skilled enough to ride and train difficult horses that owners themselves thought were impossible to tame.

Starting in the early 80's Janice and her only daughter, Laura, sold and made crafts out of Cypress wood with her sister Doreen Jaworski from Kissimmee, FL. From there they were able to take their beautifully crafted wood products to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN, where Janice met Dolly Parton. From there they went to Branson, Missouri, and sold Cypress there. Janice was a real people person and her sister Doreen knew this. That's why Doreen asked Janice to help run the stores in Missouri where they turned Doreen's patented idea into a million dollar profit.

Janice was very family oriented and always kept her daughter and three grandchildren, Brent, Devin, or Ashley close by. Upon returning home to Ohio, Janice went to work for Industrial Powder and coating in Norwalk, OH where she worked for 25 years. Janice loved watching her three grandchildren grow up. She stayed very involved with their upbringing. Janice loved to take Brent, Devin and Ashley to their sports practices and games. Janice loved to run the chains at the Firelands High School football games.

Janice is survived by her loving daughter Laura Butler of Vermilion, 3 grandchildren,
Brent (Jennifer) Douglas, Devin Douglas, and Ashley Milleson, 3 Great-grandchildren, Janna Milleson and Lauren and Anthony Douglas. Janice is also survived by her siblings, Gene (Lynne) Edwards, of Berlin Heights, Ron (Pam) Edwards, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Linda (Kevin) Manges, of Berlin Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Esther (Felton) Edwards, two sisters, Merlene Edwards and Doreen Edwards-Jaworski.

Friends may call on Friday March 16, from 12 Noon until the time of services at 2:00 pm at the Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South Street, Berlin Heights. Burial will follow at Florence Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.