Janet C. Maslanka - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Janet C. Maslanka

July 22, 1940 - January 16, 2023

Janet C. Maslanka, age 82, of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Born in Butler, PA, on July 22, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Margaret (Deppner) Cross. Growing up in the Wilmington area, Janet was a member of the first graduating class of Padua Academy (1958) and later graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in chemistry. She first worked as a chemist for Hercules Inc. (where she met her husband, Bill) and then later for the DuPont Co. Stine-Haskell Laboratory until her retirement.

Janet spent summers in Lewes, DE as a child and developed a life-long love for the beach there. One of her favorite traditions was the week spent with her husband, children and grandchildren in Lewes each summer. She was an excellent cook and, especially around the holidays, could often be found in her kitchen baking cookies or cooking a delicious meal.

Janet is survived by her husband, William W. Maslanka; children, Frank Maslanka (Jennifer), and Michael Maslanka (Adrienne Crosier); brother, Richard Cross; and grandchildren, Drew, Meghan, and Tyler.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or online by clicking here.



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11 Condolences for Janet C. Maslanka

  • Aunt Janet was an amazing woman. She was loving and kind and expressed it through her amazing food, shared wisdom, and caring for others. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones both far and near. Love to you all.

  • So very sad to hear of your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
    Janet’s cookies were great.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • Bill,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family are with you. I can relate to you at this moment as my Sharon was placed in Hospice care last Thursday.

  • Frank, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I also lost my Mom as well on January 4, 2023 to cancer, so I know how painful this loss is. Frank, I met your Mom back in high school, as you and I were classmates. I am sure she was as good to you as mine was to me. I will keep your Mom and your family in my prayers.

  • Bill
    Mark Schreier forwarded this to me.
    Although I did not know your wife, I have known you for almost 50 years.
    Please accept our condolences and prayers at this difficult time
    God bless you- you’re in my prayers


  • Bill,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. This is a stage in life that we must all take part in. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to call. Again, I’m sorry.

  • The Christian Family will always be grateful for Janet’s kindness and generosity, particularly where Morgen was concerned. We will certainly miss her artistry in the kitchen. Our warmest and most sincere condolences.

  • Working with Janet at Stine-Haskell was a pleasure. She was a beacon of dedication to high-quality work which positively impacted others. She was always a teacher, helping others understand the how’s and why’s of the work, and she cared greatly about the well-being of the people in her work group. I personally learned a lot from Janet and always held her in the highest regard. I will keep her loved ones in thought and prayer. I know she will be deeply missed.

  • Bill, sending my sincere condolences. So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.