Janet Lynn Fosnight, 69, of Ravenna, passed away September 25th, 2017 at home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Ravenna, Ohio on July 4th, 1948 to the late John and Geraldine (Benson) Williams.
Janet lived the first twelve years of her life in Kent, and then moved to Ravenna with her family, where she attended Ravenna City Schools, graduating from high school as class secretary and salutatorian in 1966. Over the years, Janet enjoyed planning many get-togethers and class reunions with her high school friends/classmates.
Janet went on to attend Kent State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and continued her education at The Ohio State University, where she received a Master of Education in Health Sciences and Health Education. Upon graduation, she moved to Wooster, Massachusetts, where she taught health education courses at local high schools, and also, health studies at Anna Maria College.
Later returning to Ohio, Janet directed health programs for the State of Ohio Health Department and also worked for the Akron Health Department, developing and submitting a grant to study the impact of physical activity on the overall health of high schoolers at that time.
Janet later left the area of health to assist with her family's business, Montigney Hardware in downtown Ravenna.
She met the love of her life, Dave Fosnight, while playing on the tennis courts of Kent State University, and they were married July 12th, 1980 for 37 years. Janet and Dave both shared a strong interest in tennis, often competing in leagues and tournaments both in singles and as mixed doubles partners, and later introduced the sport to their three children. Janet served as an assistant coach and volunteer for the Ravenna High School Boys' and Girls' tennis teams, often traveling to tournaments and matches, along with recording statistics and serving as a mentor and advocate for the student-athletes.
Janet and Dave also developed a great interest in antique collecting, and selling, as they bought and sold many antiques over the years, often traveling to antique shows on the weekends. One of their favorites included the Burton Antique Show, taking place at the Geauga County Fairgrounds each year. Janet co-owned Hickory Way Antiques, next to Montigney Hardware in downtown Ravenna, and later opened Picket Fence Antiques, where she and her husband conducted business for many years.
Being born a "firecracker baby" on the 4th of July, Janet considered herself fairly patriotic, and also had a strong love of history, especially relating to local affairs. Janet was a member of both the Portage County and Ravenna Historical Society, where she served as secretary, and often fought for preservation of local building structures and historical landmarks.
Janet and Dave have three loving children, who they enjoyed watching grow and attend their different sporting events and school activities. As the children got older, Janet worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, collecting data for the State of Ohio Census.
Janet was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, and also enjoyed volunteering, often donating to area organizations in need.
Some of her favorite memories included spending time with family, especially trips and vacations to Hilton Head, S.C., Hershey Park, Gettysburg and Williamsburg. In her later years, she enjoyed riding her bicycle on the Portage Hike and Bike Trails. She was also a die-hard Buckeye fan, and was a life-long fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavs, as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Geraldine (Benson) Williams of Ravenna.
Survivors include her loving husband Dave Fosnight of Ravenna; children Stephanie (Todd) Moskal of Fairlawn, Jeff (Elissa) Fosnight of Stow, Cory Fosnight of Brunswick, along with three grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Jill (Demoine) Louk of Stow, and Joyce (Paul) Marini of Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Portage County Animal Protective League, or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org.
Janet's family would like to thank the staff of University Hospitals Hospice, especially Heather and Sheconda, for their care and support. The family would also like to thank Dr. Rehman and office staff from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center for over six years of care.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will take place at a later time.