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Janet Van Heest Obituary

Janet  Janie Van Heest
Janet Janie Van Heest

July 3, 2017
Born in Catskill, NY
Resided in Cromwell, CT


Florence Janet (Janie) Van Heest, (104 yrs), resident of Covent Village of Cromwell, Connecticut, went to be with her heavenly Father on July 3, 2017.

She was born Catskill, New York, to Edith and Floyd Overbaugh. Janet and her siblings enjoyed many summers playing along the banks of the Hudson River as well as trips to Windham Mountain and North Lake in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Janet was a graduate of Catskill High School, playing basketball during her school years.

Following high school she attended Columbia Bible College in South Carolina. Her love for nursing then led her to Booth Memorial Hospital in New York City, where she trained as a licensed practical nurse.

In 1936, Janet married Dr. Elisha B. Van Deusen II of Catskill, New York, where they later raised three children. When Janet lost her husband in 1960, she resumed her nursing career by taking classes at Albany Medical Center. Due to the illness of rheumatoid arthritis, she was not able to work very long although she continued to care for some patients in their homes.

In 1977, she was blessed to marry Rev. John Van Heest of Coxsackie, New York. During this time they enjoyed traveling to Europe as well as trips to see grandchildren in Florida, Connecticut and California. They were active in the Dutch Reformed Church of Coxsackie and spent time caring for Janet’s mother in their home. Over the years, Janet enjoyed cooking, sewing, crossword puzzles, reading mysteries, and visiting with her children and grandchildren. She had a wonderful sense of humor, an amazing memory, and a deep love for the Bible as well as traditional church hymns.

In 2002, she took up residence in Covena Village of Cromwell, Connecticut, enjoying family that lived nearby. She enjoyed independent living and assisted care later until her condition brought her to the nursing home at the age of 95.

Janet was a loving wife, mother, aunt, daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She had a compassionate heart towards those in need. Her strong faith and devotion to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, leaves a powerful legacy for her family.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she is predeceased by her son, Dr. Elisha B. Van Deusen III; two brothers, Irvine Overbaugh and Willis Overbaugh; sister, Evangeline Peters; brother-in-law, Frederick Peters; sister-in-law Ruth Overbaugh; half-sister, Irma Hallenbeck; and, son-in-law, Dr. Gary Garwood. She is survived by her two daughters; Ann(Van Deusen) Garwood and Leslie(VanDeusen) Philpot(Ron) and daughter-in-law, Dr. Nancy Van Deusen.
She also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Rebekkah LaValley (Jason), Keith Garwood (Nicole), Erin Wackell (Jim), Ryan Philpot (Stacey), Holly Seidel (Jeff), Ethan Philpot and Dr. Elisha B. Van Deusen IV (Leslie). Her great-grandchildren include: Jackson, Noah, and Bowen LaValley, Julie and Avery Philpot, step great-grandson Hayden Renfro, Gideon Seidel, Lila and Cecelia Garwood, Vanessa and Nicole Van Deusen. Her step children include: Rhea Arnold, Gerard Van Heest, Jackie DeYoung, Neil Van Heest, Lucille Schroeder, Harriet Bechtel, and Wilma Seaver. They have been a great source of love and support to Janet over the years. She was also blessed with many loving nieces and nephews.

Janet touched the lives of many throughout her life and will remain forever in the hearts of all her family and friends.

The family would like to extend warmest thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff at Pilgrim Manor in Covenant Village for their care and compassion while Janet was a patient in the nursing facility.

A private service and burial will take place with family members in Catskill, NY. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Hgts., Catskill

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