Janice Lehman

September 28, 1921 ‒ April 05, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Janice Rae (Hershey) Lehman, age 98, peacefully passed away April 5, 2020, in Winchester Terrace Nursing Center.

She was born Sept 28, 1921, at home on the family farm (Pavonia Road in Mansfield) and lived on that land all her life. Her parents were Emmett Roland & Linna Rae (Oswalt) Hershey and Janice graduated from Weller High School and attended Ashland College. A handsome young man named Raymond Boggs Lehman caught her eye and the pair married on April 9, 1944.

Janice worked alongside her husband on the farm and created a loving home for him and their children. She worked at Reed’s Department Store and Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed making delicious meals for her family and church functions.  She was also an accomplished baker and cake decorator for birthdays and weddings. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and many crafts.  Janice loved being outdoors and mowed her lawn up until age 96.

Janice was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church for 50+ years and served as organist. She later attended the Olivesburg United Methodist Church and played the organ there well into her 90’s.  She was a 4-H club leader for many years and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with the club members.

She is survived by her daughter Cynthia (Richard) Meeker of Lewis Center; daughter-in-law Daun Lehman of Pavonia; grandson Brian (Jennifer) Meeker of North Canton; granddaughter Kristin (Nathan) Hull of Cannon Beach, OR; and 4 great-granddaughters, Evie, Daphne, & Maya Meeker, and Marin Hull.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond Boggs Lehman in 2003, son Bruce Ray Lehman in 1957, and son Mark B Lehman in 2018.

A private graveside service will be held in Franklin Cemetery officiated by Pastor Johnnie Swann. Contributions to Olivesburg United Methodist Church or the Richland County Dog Shelter may be sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904).

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock’s) is honored to serve Janice’s family. Share a memory at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Dear Cynthia and family. We our so sorry for your Moms. Passing. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Love and prayers. Trudie and George Lee.

  • I remember her well, Although I moved away from Ohio, she stands out in my mind……playing at church, baking my wedding cake etc, ! She was a Lovely lady. My condolences to the family.

    Edith Mahon Davis, former member if Franklin Methodist church..

  • Dear Cindy, I’m so thankful your mom was a part of my life. …and I’m sorry for your loss. Losing folks we love always hurts. In our conversations, she was always very proud of you and the grandkids. You all gave her much happiness! I’m also very thankful to know where she now resides! May God bring you comfort.

    • Pam, I know Mom always loved seeing you at church. Thank you for being her part of her church family.

  • Dear Cindy and family
    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. We had a lot of nice chats at church over the years.
    love to you and your family.

  • Dear Cindy and family,
    I have such fond memories of your mom and whole family at Franklin Church. She played organ at my wedding in 1984. I called her several years ago to learn the secrets of her fantastic Hickory Nut Cake. I still have a few nuts in the back of my freezer, and may dig them out this Easter just to honor her! Wishing you many happy memories.

    • Thank you, Patty. I’m glad you have good memories of Mom. Of course, we think she was very special. That cake is a popular item whenever she made it. I’m glad you called her for the recipe. Cindy

  • Cindy
    I have many fond memories of your mother and the time that we s spent on the farm. I especially remember sledding on the hill beside the barn and the hot cocoa after sledding. The last time I saw her she reintroduced herself as the egg lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Denny, Those were great times sledding on the hill and treats afterward. I’m so glad you have fond memories. She was a great lady.

  • Dear Cindy and family, I have so many memories of your special mother. Of course, her gift of being an organist at Franklin will always be one. Baking all of her delicious cakes for church. Hosting the apple butter and mincemeat making at her home on the farm is one I will always remember. That may have only happened one time but she stands out as such a wonderful hostess to so many people during this messy day of fun and fellowship. May God bring peace to you and your family.

    • Thank you, Connie. Mom loved hosting friends and family whenever possible. It’s wonderful to see theses messages and how she touched peoples lives.

  • Cindy,
    Your mom will be missed, but her memories will last as long as we do! She had a wonderful smile and made me feel welcome as a new Franklin family member 40+ years ago . I loved talking to her when we were in OH for a visit and loved listening to you parents and my in-laws talk about growing up. My dad had a note he kept – no idea where it came from: We aren’t put on this earth to be happy, we are here to make a difference! Your mom, dad and brother all managed to do that and will be remembered! So sorry!
    Laurie Sherrick Oswalt

    • Laurie, Thank you for having good memories of Mom. She did have a wonderful smile and loved to laugh. I think that’s part of why she lived to 98. Loved reading your kind message. Cindy

  • Cindy and family,

    My mother, Bernice Baker Young was a second cousin to Janice and Marvena and she admired them both very much. I never had a lot of interaction with Janice but the times I did were wonderful. She had a real zest and joy for life. How admirable that she mowed her own lawn until she was 96. That’s a real pioneer spirit. It is always sad to lose one’s mother but she lived a long good life and is now with her husband, sister and sons. I’m sure she is a very happy lady and you will have many good memories of her to last until you are with her again.

    God bless,

    Sharon Young
    Baker Family cousin
    Lake Charles LA