Janice G. “Jan” Woythal, 80, passed away Tuesday (Aug. 28, 2018) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Woythal was born on Dec. 22, 1937 in Syracuse to Henry and Virginia (Waldt) Latimer. She was a 1956 graduate of Marcellus Central School and later earned her Registered Nursing license from Highland Hospital in Rochester. On Aug. 22, 1959, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Marcellus, she married Frank M. Woythal, who survives.
Janice began her nursing career in 1959 and spent the final 25 years at Andover Medical Center in Andover before retiring in 1993.
In addition to her husband of 59 years Jan is survived by a son, Mark (Pam) Woythal of Duanesburg; two daughters, Karen (Gary) MacFarquhar of Evergreen, Colo. and Sue (John) Liebe of Brockport; a sister, Barbara (Bernard) Bleskoski of Rochester; two brothers, William Latimer of Marcellus and Robert (Laurie) Higgins of Winding Path; four grandchildren, Dylan Woythal of Schenectady, Andrew Woythal of Duanesburg, Douglas Liebe of Blacksburg, Va. and Brian Liebe of Brockport.
Jan loved to travel. In the earlier years, the family vacations took them to all 50 states and the entire country of Canada from coast to coast. In 1999, their travels took on a different purpose when they joined Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanners.
Over the next 13 years, she and her husband helped build nearly 100 homes in 16 states and Canada and have met some of the finest people along the way including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Because they lived by the motto “Those Who Rest Will Rust”, they maintained this pattern until they were 75 and 80 respectively.
Jan was an avid gardener. One of her favorite spots to visit was the famous Butchart Gardens in British Columbia. She loved the solitude of her own flower garden at home and spent many hours tending to her passion. Another favorite pastime, which she shared with her husband, was birdwatching. Together, they have catalogued over 400 life birds in 49 states.
Jan and her husband Frank were truly joined at the hip. She was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. On the wall above their bed is a saying that reads “Just one lifetime won’t be enough for us”. A beautiful summation of how they cared for each other.
There will be no prior visitation. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
Jan’s family wishes to thank all the wonderful responders at the Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 60 South Main St., Andover, NY 14806.