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Janet Heck

Janet L. (Putnam) Heck, 91, of Carey, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, under the care of Bridge Hospice following an extended illness.

On Oct. 14, 1930, Janet was born in Carey, the fourth of six children of the late Helen (Bleam) and Willis Putnam Sr. She graduated from Carey High School in the class of 1948.

Shortly following graduation, Janet married an upper classman from school, H. Reid Heck, on May 7, 1949. Together they shared nearly 53 years of marriage and raised two children, Richard and Cynthia. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2002.

While her children were growing up, Janet was a loving homemaker. Once her children were well into school, she started teaching elementary school while attending Bowling Green State University, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in education. She continued her studies throughout her career, also earning her master’s degree in education from Ashland University. She spent her entire career with Carey Exempted Village Schools, focused primarily on educating fifth and sixth graders. She also taught special education for a brief time and did some substitute teaching after she retired.

Very faithful, Janet was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carey.

Having a green thumb, Janet always had an extensive vegetable garden and she enjoyed growing flowers around the house too. She also enjoyed reading and was a talented seamstress in her younger days, making special outfits for her children and grandchildren.

Janet will be remembered fondly for her love for her family, students, church and the entire Carey community.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Richard (Margaret) Heck of Sylvania and Cindy (Robert) Dirmeyer of Carey; three grandchildren, Christopher (Sarah B.) Heck, Abigail Dirmeyer and Jessica Dirmeyer; one great-grandson, Reid Heck; two sisters, Joyce Hauenstein and Carol (Carlton) Mittermaier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Janet was preceded in death by three siblings, Willis Putnam Jr., Rita Hendricks and Annette Faber, and by her special friend for the past few years, Ramon Lowery.

Her family will greet friends from 4 -7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. Services honoring her life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, with the Rev. William Schultz officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery in Carey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wyandot County Humane Society or Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and they may be sent the funeral home.

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