Janet June Witchey

August 11, 1937 ‒ March 19, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Janet June Witchey was born in Bellville, Ohio, on August 11, 1937, to Clayton and Ruby (Frazier) Bachelder. She passed away peacefully at her home in Mansfield, Ohio on March 19, 2020. Janet attended Bellville Schools and then went on to work in several factories including Westinghouse, Thermodisc, and Mansfield Screw Machine. Farm life was her favorite job though, where she got to indulge in her love for nature and animals on a daily basis. Some of her other hobbies included skeet shooting, bowling, painting, playing the organ, woodworking, gardening, landscaping, and golfing. Whenever she showed up for a shooting competition, men would drop out because they knew Janet was such an excellent shot with a gun. She could have sold many of her woodworking projects and paintings, but she was such a perfectionist, she did not think they were good enough to sell and instead gave them as gifts to family and friends. Janet also loved spending time with her grandchildren, playing kickball, taking them hiking through the woods, or having a chicken round-up with chickens that had escaped the chicken coop, as well as many other exciting adventures. We will all miss Janet’s spunky, outgoing, sometimes bull-headed, but always loving personality.

Janet is survived by her two sons, Don (Darlene) Daugherty, Ron (Chris) Daugherty; four grandchildren, Devon (Warren Bloodhart) Daugherty, Ryan Daugherty, Dana (Derrik) Ball, Afton (Kyle) Smith; five great-grandchildren; her sister Wanda (Bob) Martin; and several nieces and nephews. She is proceeded in death by her parents Clayton and Ruby Bachelder; husband, Richard “Dick” Witchey Sr.; her sister, Evelyn Zimmerman; her brothers, Richard and Bernard Bachelder; and special friend, Rudy Bachmann.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Richland County Dog Shelter or to Alzheimer’s Research.

Private funeral services will be held for her family, including burial in Bellville Cemetery. The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral plans and will live stream the service on their Facebook page 2 pm Thursday, March 26, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/BellvilleSFH/ Please only attend in-person if you have received an invitation. The graveside service is open to all, and the estimated arrival time is 2:45 pm.

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  • Jan, our 55 yrs of friendship in working, traveling, and sharing such wonderful times together with your sons and mine. You were always a true friend. I will always love you and remember the fun times. Condolences to Don ,Ron and their families. I will miss you so much….

  • Jan, I will never forget the great times I had growing up with my mom and brother and your two boys Ron and Don and you and Dick. You were all like family to me and I’ll never forget you. You and your family will be forever in my heart. To Ron and Don I love you like brothers and I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank all of you for all the memories……..Ran

  • My sincerest sympathy to the family of Janet. She was always a very dear and sweet lady and I loved her smile and twinkle in her eyes when I saw her!
    She was always so friendly and I enjoyed seeing her at Papa’s Gondola throughout the years. She always took interest in my family and our sons. The last time I saw her she gave me that beautiful smile and a big hug! I’ll always treasure that.
    My father passed away a few days after Janet. We’ve all lost very special people in our lives.
    Sincerely, Dawn La Susa