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Janet Widman

Janet Gayle Widman, 73, of Lynchburg, passed away Monday afternoon July 19, 2021, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 17, 1947, in Tiffin, the daughter of the late Roland E. and Jennie Ruth (Powell) Pancost. She was a graduate of Mohawk High School in Sycamore; Ohio Northern University (bachelor of arts, English, 1969); and M.B. Johnson School of Nursing, Elyria, (diploma, 1977). She practiced as a registered nurse in the State of Ohio. She had worked at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington and Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro.
In addition to her nursing career, for five years she was the executive director of the Clinton County Women’s Center, a pro-life ministry offering chastity counseling and alternatives to abortion. During her tenure as director, she developed a program on date rape and chastity, which was presented to thousands of teens and young adults in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Kansas. She published a newspaper “Abstinence Angle” which discussed date rape, chastity and sexually transmitted diseases. She also published a chastity credit card and curriculum on teaching students about date rape. Her biography was included in several editions of “Who’s Who in American Nursing.” She was also a published poet and author, appearing in multiple anthologies of poetry. She had served as national secretary of the Short Wing Piper Club for several years. She was a member of the Lynchburg United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 181, Bucyrus.
Janet is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ralph W. Widman Jr., whom she married on Aug. 17, 1969, in Ada. She is also survived by a brother, Larry (Mary) Pancost of Columbus; and a sister, Lois (Jim) Charles of Rochester, N.H.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carol McMullen.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Lynchburg United Methodist Church. The Rev. Harold Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Davis-Turner Funeral Home in Lynchburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio M.B.T.C., Teens, Inc. for staff support only, P.O. Box 529, Hillsboro, OH 45133 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.
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