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Janeth J. Saylor of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania died Monday, March 13, 2023 at Commonwealth Senior Living in Willow Grove. She was 93 years old.
Janeth was born May 2, 1929 in Lower Moreland Twp., Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Peter S. Stauffer and the late Myrtle I. Stauffer (nee - Snader). She is the beloved wife of the late William Herbert Saylor Sr.; mother of Mark W. Saylor Sr. Daughter in Law Linda Saylor, David H. Saylor Sr. Daughter in Law Colleen Sacks , Daughter in Law Jackie Pena and William H. Saylor Jr. Daughter in Law Lizzy Balogh; grandmother of Mark William Jr., Madeline and her fiancé Bryan, David, and Derek; great grandmother of Carmella; and the sister of the late P. Richard Stauffer, the late Barton Stauffer , the late Donald L. Stauffer, the late Lorraine D. Andros, the late Roberta A. Thornton, and the late Robert N. Stauffer. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews.
Jan was raised and educated from the family homestead “Silver Brook Farm” in Upper Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Upper Moreland High School. Janeth met William the best friend of her brother Robert Stauffer and soon fell in love and were married in 1950. Soon after Janeth drove herself cross country to join William who was stationed in Wichita Falls Texas, AFB. During her time in Texas from 1950 to 1954 she enjoyed the open skies and introduction to desert life. She started flying lessons in Pa. and continued them while in Texas where she also had her first child.
The Saylor’s returned to Pennsylvania. Jan and Bill raised they’re three boys in her beloved Upper Moreland in the “family compound”. A devoted mom, she would often have all the cousins at the house for parties and celebrations.
She was an active member of the Bux Mont Art League for many years either attending painting classes or working in her home studio on oil paintings and watercolors. Her inspiration came from many sources. Either from a photo she made of two nuns walking in the Vatican, or painting plain air landscapes of Bucks county , childhood memories of life on the farm. A favorite reoccurring image was her father driving his tractor out of the burning barn.
She loved being a part of the community and often made visits to other artists studios,
Her interest in art led her to first being the assistant organizer of the annual Doylestown Art League show to head organizer the following year at Fonthill castle in the early 1980’s. This inspired her sons, all three of which have somehow benefitted from the unique perspective that Jan engendered in them.
Jan and Bill loved to travel and they visited many places in Europe, traveling through Greece, Belgium, Italy ,Germany Amsterdam. They also spent nearly 16 years driving their RV across the country on trips back to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. They visited places like Georgia O'Keeffe’s home studio in New Mexico, The Judd foundation in Marfa, Texas. And area 51, Nevada and Grace Land, home of Elvis. They spent their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, winning a dance contest and celebrating with Margaritas.
She will be fondly remembered as a soul that was open to new idea, curious about other places, non judge mental, and even tempered, in the current vernacular, “Chill”. She is at peace now but as a friend recently mentioned, she seemed always at peace.
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