JANETTE R NEEDS (JAN)

Janette R. Needs (Jan) of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Midland, PA, and seasonally of Ormond Beach, FL, went to be with the Lord March 15, 2019. Born in Spencer Station, Ohio, October 6, 1918 to Charles H. Reed and Mary E. Reed, she grew up and attended school in Barnesville, Ohio, and graduated from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. It was there that she met Robert H. Needs of Midland who was to become her husband for 68 years. In college, she was president of her sorority, a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the National Collegiate Players and the Muskingum Players.

Early on in Midland she was president of the then very active Midland Junior Women’s Club and served as president of the Beaver County Junior Women’s Clubs, while holding two chairmanships in the Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1942 Jan began to substitute in Midland Lincoln High School until she joined the faculty as a teacher of English, retiring in 1982. She loved her work and her students, so one of the joys of her twilight years was being able to reconnect with many of her former students on Facebook.

Being an avid reader and book lover, she was delighted to serve on the Board of Directors for the Carnegie Library for many years. Another interest was golf. She and her husband were charter members of Deer Trails Country Club. Being retired made it possible for her to spend time in Florida and to travel. The highlight of a trip to Israel was being baptized in the Jordan River.

From 1942 to 1986, Jan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Midland, where she served as an Ordained Elder, Sunday School Superindent, Adult Bible teacher and substitute organist. In 1986 she and her husband joined the Christian Assembly, Industry, PA until moving to Delaware in 2002. In Wilmington she became a member of the New City Church.

Jan was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert H. Needs (Bob), her parents, and her only sibling, Anita Reed Harp, granddaughter, Susan Needs Wiley (Thomas), and daughter- in-law Saundra Moll Needs. Surviving are three sons Larry R Needs, Wilmington, David R Needs (Pamela) Wilmington, and Robert C. Needs (Patti)Newark, DE, former daughter –in-law, Lynn P. Needs Claymont; nine grandchildren: Laura N. Lengyel (John), Newark, DE; Robert S. Needs (Mary Lynn) West Chester, PA; Tom Wiley, Elkton, MD; Jennifer N. Rowles (Mike), Sinking Springs, PA; David M. Needs (Melissa), Talbott, TN; Carolyn J. Thompson (Scott), Newark, DE; Stephen E. Needs (Joanne), Wilmington, DE; Robert J. Needs, Wilmington; Brian J. Needs (Casandra), Wilmington; Whitney N. Spencer (Brent), Wilmington, DE; David Nash ( E.B.), Wilmington, DE; 26 great-grandchildren, 4 nieces, 1 nephew.

Services will be held at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, Memorial gifts may be donated to: New City Church 201 Hawthorne Drive Wilmington, DE 19802. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com.