Janet Beam Detmer

May 05, 1922 ‒ October 15, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Janet Louise (Beam) Detmer, age 96, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Country Club Retirement Campus. She was born on May 5, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Dr. Eugene and Vesta (Stephan) Beam.

Janet was a graduate of the Columbus School for Girls in 1940, and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1944. She was a member of Chi Gamma NU, Chemistry Honorary Society and Kappa Alpha Theta, women’s Social Fraternity.  She married Grover H. Detmer on July 9, 1944 and while he served overseas and completed his education, she was employed at The Ohio State University as a Lab Technician in Hematology.  Janet was active for over 66 years in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, College Women’s Club, Daughters of American Colonist, and Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Club.  She had many interests and was an avid reader, loved music, science, gardening and art.  In later years she led senior stretch classes at the Living Center.

She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia ( Walter) Sperry of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Caroline (Stanley Holmes) Detmer of Mount Vernon, Ohio; two grandchildren, Michael Wells of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jennifer (Russell)Sheriff of Fredericktown, Ohio; 4 great-grandchildren, Trenton and Troy Wells, Christopher Sheriff, and Heather (Jorge) Delgado; numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Janet is preceded in death by her husband, Grover H. Detmer, a brother, George Beam formerly of Columbus.

Calling hours will be held from 3:00 PM until the time of a Celebration of Life Service starting at 4:30 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ; 200 N. Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, with Rev. Scott Elliott officiating. Burial will take place at later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  First Congregational United Church of Christ, Hospice of Knox County or Charity of Donor’s choice.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon, Ohio is honored to serve the family of Janet Louise (Beam) Detmer.


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  • Cindy, Mike and Jenny,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Matt and Kris

  • Cindy & Carol,
    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family with the recent loss of your mother, Janet. May your love and memories bring comfort to all of you during this sad time!

  • Cindy and Carol,
    Sorry to passing of your mother. Our thought and payers are with you two.
    Steve and Diana Rentz

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you all. A heavy loss is felt and a hole left in many hearts with the passing of such a wonderful woman. I feel lucky to have been able to care for her. Carol and Cindy you will both always hold a special place in my heart as will your mother. ❤️

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Aunt Janet was always a calm and caring person. My most vivid childhood memory was her knitting, while enjoying a family gathering at our old house on S. Washington.

  • Please know that Mrs. Beam’s Kappa Alpha Theta sisters at Ohio Wesleyan share in your loss. I often visited another Mrs. Beam in Mount Vernon, Peg Rudin Beam, OWU Class of 1932 and Mrs. Ruth Thomas Bemis, Class of 1926. I have happy thoughts of them being part of the Theta Alumni Club. Sincerely, Laurie McGregor Connor, Class of 1977 and chapter Permanent Alumnae Secretary

  • Please know that Mrs. Detmer’s Kappa Alpha Theta sisters at Ohio Wesleyan share in your loss. I suspect that she and other Mount Vernon OWU Theta sisters, Mrs. Peg Rudin Beam, class of 1932 and Mrs. Ruth Thomas Bemis, class of 1926, are meeting again and reminiscing.

  • Dear Carol and Cindy,
    We are so sorry to learn of your sweet mother’s passing. May the happy memories you have shared together bring you comfort during this time.

  • Cindy and Carol:
    You were blessed with a mother you can remain proud of. I sincerely hope your good memories of her help you through this time of transition. Kasie Alexander

  • Dear Cindy, Walter ,Carol, Stan, and Family, We were very sad to hear of Jan’s passing. She was such a delightful, gracious and caring person . Mom, Dad, and I have such good memories of our time living in the country next to your family. You were truly good neighbors and friends and hope you know how much you were appreciated. Those were the good old days ! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and God bless you all. Love, Russ, Evie, and Valerie McManis

  • Dear Cindy, Mike, Jenny, and Carol,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May the memories of happy times together soon replace the sorrow of today.

    Sonja and Jerry Smith