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Janet M. (Curts) McClead

August 31, 1934 February 23, 2019
Janet M. (Curts) McClead
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ALEXANDRIA, IN-Janet M. (Curts) McClead, 84, entered into peace and rest at Community Hospital in Anderson on Saturday, February 23, 2019 following an extended illness.
Janet was happiest when she was with her family or working in her church. She was blessed with a son and daughter whom she adored. Her son added a wonderful daughter-in-love and two grandsons to the family. Her daughter and son-in-love stayed closer to home to Janet’s delight.
She was born on August 31, 1934 in Anderson to William and Ruth (Walker) Curts and has resided in Alexandria for most of her lifetime. She was a graduate of Alexandria High School-Class of 1952. She received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in elementary education from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne. She taught in elementary schools in Muncie, Reading, Pennsylvania, Fort Wayne and in the Frankton-Lapel school system which was formerly West Central Schools.
Janet was a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church where she taught adult Sunday School for twenty five years. She was received great pleasure in working in her church. She led Bible studies, served on the Worship Committee for several years, served on the Finance Committee for the “new” church and also on the Finance Committee for the Family Life Center addition and served on the Board of Christian Education for three terms. While spending summers in Bay View, Michigan, she taught adult Sunday School, led Bible studies for 20 summers, served on the Worship Committee, was a member of the Campus Club and served on the Board of Women’s Council.
Janet loved to teach, falling in love with each new class. She taught for 33 years, 11 of those in Kindergarten in Fort Wayne and 22 in Second Grade at Leach School in the Frankton-Lapel School Corporation. She was greatly honored to be listed in three yearbooks of Who’s Who Among American Teachers. During her senior year in college, she was inducted in to Clavia, (now Mortar Board). After graduation, Janet was invited in to the graduate honorary Pi Lambda Theta.
After graduation, she and her husband Don visited schools, church groups, private parties and the Thanksgiving Reenactment at Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria in character as pilgrims presenting the story of the first Thanksgiving. A student teacher of Janet’s made authentic costumes for the presentations and Don purchased a Pilgrim hat from a costumer in New York City. After 10 years of this delightful hobby, the “Pilgrims” retired. She also helped her husband dress Mole Hole gift shops in preparation for their openings in Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Janet belonged to the Alexandria Art Circle and was an inactive member of Tri Kappa Associates of Alexandria. She served ten years of active membership in Tri Kappa while living in Fort Wayne. From 2000 to 2006, Janet was the founder and served as leader of Alexandria Women of Grace. Women from 7 Alexandria churches worked together to provide a day long experience of spiritual uplifting for the women of Alexandria.
One of Janet’s hobbies was reading. As her eyesight weakened, the Alexandria Public Library furnished her with audio books or downloaded books on to her Kindle which she could read with a large font. She also loved classical music, especially by classical guitar, flute and harp.She and her husband put together a spiral book of copies of his paintings and her verse, after she found out that writing verse was very satisfying and fun.
Survivors:
Husband-Donald Paul McClead-married September 5, 1954
Son-Curt (Lora) McClead-Roanoke
Daughter-Chella (Jeff) Tedrow of Westfield
Grandsons-Jordan Paul McClead of Fort Wayne, Blake William McClead of Charleston, South Carolina
Nephews-Bill (Cathy) Kildow and their children Amber and Ryan, Steve (Paulette) Kildow
Niece-Karen (Butch) Richardson and their daughters-Paige Utterback and Layne Jackson
Several great-nieces and great-nephews
Several great-great nieces and great-great nephews
Several cousins
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-Billie Ruth Curts, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law-Paul and Hazel (Walker) M, McClead, in-laws-Barbara and Bruce Kildow, and Betty Joyce McClead
Service honoring Janet’s legacy and faith will take place at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Alexandria First Baptist Church, 2107 Park Avenue, Alexandria. Pastor Michael Deutsch will officiate. Cremation has taken place. Private inurnment in the Garden of Serenity Columbarium in Park View Cemetery, Alexandria at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the First Baptist Church after 4 pm on Wednesday prior to the services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria First Baptist Church, the Alexandria Emergency Relief Fund or Church Street Commons with envelopes available at the services.
Owens Funeral Home of Alexandria is honored to care for Janet and the McClead family.
on-line condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

27

Feb

4:00 PM 2/27/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 2/27/2019 6:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

2107 South Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001

First Baptist Church
2107 South Park Avenue Alexandria 46001 IN
US

Service

Wednesday

27

Feb

6:00 PM 2/27/2019 6:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

2107 South Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001

First Baptist Church
2107 South Park Avenue Alexandria 46001 IN
US

Cemetery Details

Location

Park View Cemetery Final Resting Place

1101 S Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001

1101 S Park Avenue Alexandria 46001 IN
United States

Memorial Contribution

First Baptist Church

2107 South Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001
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