Dr. Janis M. Conklin

Dr. Janis M. Conklin

NORTH HORNELL – Dr. Janis M. Conklin, 98, formerly of Seneca Road, passed away early Sunday morning (Dec. 24, 2023) at Elderwood at Hornell.

Born in Clinton County, Ohio on Feb. 21, 1925 she was the daughter of the late David “Roy” and Nellie (Day) Conklin. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by a half-sister and husband, Verna and Martin Bartels; two nephews, Richard and Robert Bartels; and one cousin, Gary Sampsell.

Janis was a graduate of Kingman High School in Wilmington, Ohio and completed undergraduate studies at Miami University. She received her master’s degree at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York and her doctorate degree in education from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

She began her teaching career as a music teacher with the elementary schools of the Piqua (Ohio) School System. Later she became the Director of Music Education for the East Cleveland (Ohio) School System before becoming an associate Professor at Ken University in Kent, Ohio.

In 1971 Janis came to Hornell and became the Director of Employment Education and Community Relations at St. James Mercy Hospital for about 20 years before retiring.

Janis resided in the Village of North Hornell before becoming a resident of Lake Demmon (Town of Avoca) for several years, returning to her home in North Hornell about 2009.

Since coming to Hornell, she became active in several organizations including the Zonta Club, Rotary Club, the Republican Committee and serving on the Mental Health Community Board. She was a member of the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity and a former member of the United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Ohio.

Throughout the years Janis enjoyed traveling, gardening and photography.

Janis is survived by several cousins, Gail (Rudy) Crain of Dayton, Ohio and Megan (Garrett) Hammermeister also of Dayton, Ohio; and two very close friends, Judy Sheppard and Ellen Stephens.

There will be an hour of calling from 1-2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 30, 2023) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell.  A graveside service and interment will take place at the convenience of her family at Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell or the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Janis’ family with the arrangements.

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