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Helen Janney

August 16, 1924 - December 8, 2018


Helen Janney

Helen Janney, age 94, of New Castle, Delaware passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018, due to complications arising from pneumonia.

Born in Rising Sun, MD on August 16, 1924 she was a daughter of the late Charles and Grace Montgomery. She graduated from Rising Sun High School and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College. Helen worked as a secretary for the NVF Company until the birth of her first child, after which she became a full time home-maker. She enjoyed and collected antiques, cultivating exotic house plants and cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, William Janney, in 1993 and her daughter-in-law, Jeanie Janney, in 2015. She is survived by her children, Ken Janney, Donna Weber (John) and Dave Janney (Holly); siblings, Jean Jones, Charles Montgomery, Bayard Montgomery and Kenneth Montgomery; grandchildren, Marty Craig (Beth), Abbie Schuh (Mike), Katie Feehly (Michael), Jennifer Howaniec (Todd); 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Chapel atGracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway New Castle, DE 19720, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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  • We were very sorry to learn of Helen’s passing. She and Bill were important persons in my life as we grew up in Penn Acres. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Thank you, dear lady, for being the mother of my friend and a friend to me. You’re always with us.

  • I was so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. I am the daughter of Betty Russo who passed away 2 1/2 years ago, Helen’s table-mate at Rockland Place.
    I was especially touched by the obituary, as Betty and Helen’s lives were so similar. They both went to Goldey Beacom, both worked for large companies as secretary’s and then both raised beautiful families.
    I also enjoyed sitting with your mom and chatting. “How are you Helen?”, “oh fine, I guess.”, she would always answer. Every time I would come in the building, she would gravitate to me, and I loved being there for her whenever she was confused. She was such a gentle soul.
    May you take comfort in all your fine memories of such a wonderful woman.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  • Donna so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. Keeping you & your family in my thoughts & prayers. Take Care
    Linda Martin