Janet M. Burget Holtzapple

July 20, 1931 ‒ January 30, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: Janet M. Burget Holtzapple, 88, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, January 30, in her home.

Janet was born on July 20, 1931 to Walter A. and Ilo Staver Burget in Lima, OH. She graduated in 1949 from Lima Shawnee High School. After high school, Janet went to nursing school and graduated in 1952 with an RN degree from Lima Memorial School of Nursing.

In 1951 she married her high school sweetheart Donald Holtzapple who she was married to for 62 1/2 years until his homegoing in 2014.

Being raised on a farm, Janet was used to hard work, which carried through to the rest of her life. Janet loved Jesus with all her heart and was passionate about sharing that love of Jesus with others. Being a pastors wife, she was always very involved in church activities. As a nurse, Janet worked in hospital, doctor’s office, and nursing home settings throughout her career. Janet loved spending time with her family and friends who will all greatly miss her. She was a beloved mom, Mammaw, and friend. She was instrumental in starting a widows lunch group that met each Friday. Janet enjoyed playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, being involved in Bible studies, and going on trips with some of her close friends.

Janet attended Berean Baptist Church where she had been involved with MOPS and Child Evangelism Fellowship at Eastview elementary.

Janet is survived by a son, Philip (Barb) Holtzapple, daughter Laura (Jack) Martin, and daughter Carol (Jim) Underwood, 9 grandchildren, Nathan (Anita) Holtzapple, Erin (Brahm) Olds, Tara (Jason) Smith, Joni (Johnny) Boyd, Amanda (Jeremy) Buskirk, Abby (Jamin) Hughes, Travis (Lindsey) Underwood, Tyler Underwood, and Tanner Underwood, 17 great grandchildren plus one on the way, and one brother, Norman Burget of Florida, many nieces and nephews, and many treasured friends.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Helen Mueller, and Dorothy Verbryke, 2 brothers, Richard Burget, and Gail Burget.

A special thanks to Hospice of North Central Ohio for their excellent care for Janet during her illness.

A memorial service celebrating Janet’s life will be held Thursday, February 6, at 12:00 pm with calling hours from 10am -12pm at Berean Baptist church. Private graveside services in Mansfield Memorial Park will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or Child Evangelism Fellowship.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and encourage condolences at:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • Mom Holtzapple has been a beautiful role model in my life for the last 44 years. She always wore a smile was hospitable and others centered. When visiting at her home, she made you feel special as she asked questions about your life and those you love. So thankful she is receiving her heavenly rewards but will be missed greatly.

  • I wish very sincere condolences to Janet’s family. Although I moved out of state many years ago, I still have cherished memories of times we visited Grandma Holtzapple’s home in Elida.

  • I wish very sincere condolences to Janet’s family. Although I moved out of state many years ago, I still have cherished memories of times we visited Grandma Holtzapple’s home in Elida.

  • I’ve loved being in Bible studies with Janet. To me she is the epitome of the lady with the “gentle and quiet spirit”. She’s been such a model for so many of us. Love, Elizabeth Dawson

  • I am so thankful God brought Janet into my life. What a kind and sincere lady. Enjoyed our talks, playing games, lunches, etc. Will miss her but will never forget her.

  • I have known Janet since I was a child of 9 years old when my parents started going to Diamond Hills Baptist Church. She was an inspiration to me with her big beautiful smile, welcoming arms and loving spirit. It was a joy to grow up with her children and witness the great wife mother and grandmother she was. The true example of the Proverbs 31 woman. Thank you Janet for all of the encouragement and mentoring you have done over the years.

  • RIP Janet! In the words from Rev Don’s WMAN radio morning devotions program, you were his “Dear One!”

  • Dear Holtzapple family,

    My husband, myself, and our three children were members of the First Baptist church in Defiance, Ohio. I have such fond memories of them both. I especially remember Pastor Don’s “Amen and Amen” at the end of each of his prayers. Janet was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Now, they are together with the Lord. What a homecoming.

  • In the 25 years I have known Janet, I have appreciated her steadfast love of Jesus, her encouragement, support and friendship, always pointing me towards our Savior. She was a blessing in my life. I shall not forget lessons she has taught me. Now she is fully healed and in the presence of Jesus and her loved ones while here on earth.

  • My sympathy and prayers for the family of Janet. I am from Defiance and enjoyed the ministry of your parents at my church very much. They were both an excellent example of God’s love for people. Janet was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have met. I have donated Bibles to the Gideons in her name.

  • Mrs. Holtzapple was an absolutely lovely woman inside and out. She was a beacon of God’s love and grace, truly a life well lived for the Lord. We so appreciate her friendship and support of our mom for over 40 years, especially since our dad passed. She visited our mom nearly every Sunday for the past two years. She is a blessing to all who came in contact with her. I am so glad she is with her Savior now. Much love to the entire Holtzapple family.

  • My deepest sympathy to and prayers for Janet’s family. I appreciated her ministry here in Defiance along with her husband.