Janet Jenkins

July 11, 1940 ‒ September 01, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  An educator filled with inspiration and care, encouragement and hope is a resilient teacher, one focused on positive outcomes. Janet Jenkins was passionate about teaching. Her 31 year career teaching with Mansfield City Schools was spent at Woodland Elementary, where Janet taught 21 years of first-grade classes, and several years in other grades, and facilitated the superior educational environment for which Woodland School was renowned.

Janet passed away Tuesday morning September 1, 2020 in The Waterford. She was 80.

Born Janet Marie Stanek in Berea to parents Walter and Mary (Filipek) Stanek, she was graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in 1958. She earned her B.S. in Education from The Ohio State University, and her Master’s Degree also from OSU.

Her elementary students loved her. She was literally credited for saving a student’s life, and received numerous teaching awards.

In addition to teaching, Janet helped her husband operate Jenkins Border Collies, LLC.  Over the years, they raised and trained innumerable Border Collies for shows, festivals and fairs. Their dogs came from as far away as the U.K. and Scotland, and they routinely sold the canines to golf courses and cemeteries as the most humane way to control the Canada Geese population in open land.

A member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, when she was active with St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she delivered communion to shut-ins for several years.

Janet was high energy – amazing energy – she enjoyed gardening (so many varieties of hostas) and clearing walking paths in their woods with her grandchildren.  She will be remembered for her smile, her kindness, and her generous nature.  Janet was a beautiful woman – inside and out – her presence reflected the splendor of her spirit. She leaves a legacy of devotion to her husband (her high school sweetheart) their daughters, and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband David Jenkins, whom she married September 1, 1962; daughters Juli (Bob) Louwers of Dublin, and Jackie Jenkins of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren Danny (Amy) Louwers, Nick Louwers, Andrew Louwers, Catie Louwers, Jack Sansone and Samantha Sansone; a great grandchild on the way; her twin brother John (Sybyl) Stanek of Knoxville, TN; a brother-in-law Jim Jenkins of Westlake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Ed Stanek and Larry Stanek.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12 Noon in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The Very Rev. Gregory Hite will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) may be made at or mailed to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904).

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jenkins family. Share a message of support with them online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Mrs. Jenkins was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. Sharing and caring defined her very being.
    She taught myself and my children so much about so many things. Life, learning, dogs, positivity and hard work.
    Heaven has received a special angel.

  • Barb & I are so sorry to learn of Janet’s passing. Sounds like she was suffering, so it was good that’she made it to your anniversary. And she made it to 80. I loved looking at all of the pictures where she always had a smile on her face.

  • I am saddened to hear this. My hope for Aunt Janet is in our faith. I have only know
    her considerable kindness. Dads love of her was always made plain.

  • Mr. Jenkins, Juli, and Jackie – My heart aches for you all right now. The Jenkins family was such an integral part of my early childhood on Poplar Street; SO many pleasant memories. The most vivid memory, though, has to be my sheer amazement at her making noodles from scratch. There would be drying noodles everywhere. To this day, 45+ years later, if I make noodles for someone or I see someone making noodles or someone brings up the topic of homemade noodles, I tell them about this incredible woman I knew as a child, Mrs. Jenkins! She definitely lives on in the most unexpected of ways.

    I’m thankful to have had her kindness and your kindness in my life. Take care of one another.

  • Mrs. Jenkins was truly a remarkable person. I was so blessed to have her as my first grade teacher and she inspired me to become an educator. Words can’t express how special she was and how many lives she touched at Woodland Elementary. I hope to be half the teacher she was. My prayers are with your entire family.

  • Mr. Jenkins and family,

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • My deepest sympathy, David, and girls on the passing of your wonderful wife and mom.
    Janet was always so positive and supportive when I had the pleasure of teaching with her at Woodland. I will always remember her smile.

  • David and family,

    We looked forward and enjoyed both you and Jan coming to our Oldtime Farming Festival in Centerburg every third weekend in September performing several shows and demonstrations each day with your Border Collies. Always one of the best events of our festival weekend and always the crowd favorite. Jan always knew how to keep everyone informed by describing Dave’s every command and gesture for the dogs. You both are missed. Prayers and comfort during this time and always.

    Skip McWilliams
    Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival

  • Dave and girls,
    I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. I just drove past your old house in Lucas and wondered where you had moved and thought about how much I would love to touch base again. Janet was one of the loveliest people I ever met. Her smile was sincere and bright. My sincerest sympathies go out to you all. Heaven truly gained an angel.

    Melanie Sinclair

  • Janet was one of the finest people we could ever have known. She always had a ready and infectious smile. She will be missed. Our love to Dave, Julie and Jackie in these worst of times. Hugs.
    Dave and Peg Elkins

  • Our sincere condolence to you Dave and girls in the death of Janet. She was a delightful lady.

  • To David and family,

    Sending prayers and condolences in your time
    of sorrow.
    May God Bless,

    Ron &Linda Hetler

  • Dave, In nursing home settings there’s always a few residents that capture the hearts of staff members. Janet was one of those. She was fun and pleasant and always added so much to any group discussion. I truly loved her. One topic she never tired of talking about was her love for you Dave. I’m so very sorry for your loss. She was awesome! 😊. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very kind and sweet lady and always welcoming to us girls. Prayers for you all….Missy (Fox) Sauder

  • Dave I send my condolences. I went through this 3 years ago and I know how hard it
    is. Jan is in my prayers. Stay strong my friend. Jerry Petrykowski

  • Mr. Jenkins and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    She was a wonderful teacher and person. We are all better people today because our lives were touched by her. What a sweet, kind, enthusiastic, and fun person she was. I can still picture her smile.

    Emily Exten

  • God has called this Angel home. We are saddened by the loss of such an Amazing Aunt, Wife, Mother, Sister, Meemaw and Friend. Your kindness and hope filled our world, and memories of your Joy will fill our heats for all our days. We wish everyone in the family Peace as we extend our heart-felt condolences.
    Dawn Bill Will and John Klingeman

  • Mark and I send all of our love and prayers to Mr. Jenkins and his beautiful family. I remember the Jenkins hosting Andrew and his friends when they were 12-or 13. Alex had an amazing time at the farm. Such sincere kindness and hospitality will be one of Mrs. Jenkins legacy.
    The Peace & Love of Christ to all.
    Mark & Sara Friedman

  • Dave, … When I think of you and Janet my mind goes back to Columbus in the fall of 1963 when you two listened to me bemoan all the work I had to do my Freshman year at OSU. You both listened and let me complain. You were both great empaths and just let me vent. You were both there when I needed your ears. I pray that now you and your family have ears and arms that can comfort you at this time.
    God bless and keep you well,
    George Bobula

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I loved getting the chance to know Janet and Dave through working at the Waterford. Janet would always make me smile when she would tell me stories about teaching my father at Woodland Elemetary School. She would also tell me stories about my late grandma whom I never had a chance to meet. She made an impact on my life and I will never forget her.

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Dave, and the family. Jan will always be remembered for her wonderful smile and genuine care for those in her life. Her calling as a teacher of the youngest students was a tremendous lasting influence through out their lives. Even when she had challenges in her own life, she kept that positive attitude and smile. She was a true inspiration.

  • Dave,

    We are sadden to hear of Janet’s passing. Our last visit with her was special as she always had a way to bring sunshine to a room. Your devotion and passion for her care is an inspiration to everyone of how true love should be. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. We miss you and hope to see you soon.

    Much love,
    Chuck and Suzie Hill

  • Dear Dave,

    I am truly sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I remember her so well from elementary school, through high school and then reunions. As so many of us reach 80 this year, we can only hope to be remembered as kindly as she is. Jan always had a huge, beautiful smile with a persona to match. You were both lucky in love. I know you and your girls will miss her terribly. Everyone who ever knew her is sad at her loss and and sad for yours.

    Kindest regards,
    Nancy Birong McNamara

  • I just found out about your losing Jan from a mutual friend … SO sorry, Dave … I hope you were able to be with her, at the end …

    Come to the farm, when you’re ready. We’ll sit under the tree and watch sheep graze — and, perhaps, work a dog or two. …

    Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as you grieve …

    Judi B.

  • Dear Uncle David, Juli and Jackie-
    As a child, Aunt Jan was the most beautiful grownup I ever knew. Her smile, her laugh, her sweetness and her strength were so admired. As an adult, I aspire to be the auntie she was to me.