Janet McDowell Miller of Steubenville, Ohio, and Chautauqua, NY, handed away on July 25, 2022. Born on August 31, 1925 in Steubenville to the late John and Marjorie McDowell, Janet graduated from Steubenville Massive Purple (1943), then earned a BA in Music Training (1947) from Muskingum School. She had been residing on the Absolut Care nursing facility in Westfield, NY on the time of her demise. Till just lately, Janet spent each summer season at Chautauqua Establishment, courting again to the late 1950’s.
In 1951 she married her beloved husband Andrew “Andy” William Miller, who predeceased her in 2001. Janet had a storied and assorted life in music. She served as organist and choir director of the First United Presbyterian and Westminster church buildings in Steubenville. She was the music director for quite a few musicals produced by the Steubenville Gamers and in addition carried out because the accompanist on each piano and organ for the Civic Choral Society the place, together with working alongside great musicians and singers, she relished the chance of constructing music with Dave Brubeck on quite a few events.
Janet was an lively member of her cherished Chautauqua Motet Choir’s alto part from the mid-1970’s by 2018. She performed organ and piano for varied Chautauqua concert events and packages together with the Corridor of Philosophy Vespers Service and Hebrew Providers in Hurlbut Church, in addition to for performances within the Corridor of Christ and the Amphitheater. She incessantly served as Jared Jacobsen’s famend “paginator” for Sunday providers within the Amp. She taught music within the Steubenville public colleges for a few years whereas additionally offering personal piano classes for native budding musicians.
Janet was the endlessly devoted and loving mom of 4 sons: Douglas Andrew (Carol Ramsey) of Los Angeles, Gregory John (Bijou Clinger) of New York Metropolis, Jeffrey Richard (Karin Burkhart) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Daniel McDowell (Leslie Webb) of Phoenix, MD. She is survived by ten treasured grandchildren: Nathaniel, Maren, Katharine, Graham, Sara, Samuel, Juliet, Solon, Elijah and Paige, plus three great-grandchildren: Aida, Alma and Zora. She can be survived by her pricey brother-in-law William Rhinehart, husband of her late and adored sister Mary, in addition to their six youngsters whom Janet held so very pricey to her coronary heart.
Janet’s husband of 49 years, Andy, the previous Mayor of Steubenville (1960-70), was the love of her life. Janet was an avid lover of music, all issues Chautauqua, and gatherings of buddies. However along with Andy she positioned household above all else.
Janet will probably be remembered for her kindness, witty humorousness, pleasant and mild demeanor, magnificence, giving nature and propensity for welcoming all – the extra the merrier – into her properties and into her life. Her sons will maintain a memorial service in Chautauqua on August 13 in Hurlbut Church. They may even maintain a modest interment ceremony in Steubenville in September.
She will probably be missed by everybody who was fortunate sufficient to know her.
Memorial donations in Janet’s identify might be made to Chautauqua Establishment and earmarked for the Chautauqua Motet Choir.