Janet E. Elsass

May 5, 1926 ~ May 25, 2022 (age 96)


A long-time Sidney resident, Janet E. Elsass, died Wednesday, May 25th at Spring Meade Health Center in Tipp City.  She was born on her family farm in Darke County on May 5, 1926, to Ralph and Ada Myers.  She is survived by her daughters Mona Glover (George) Cincinnati, Melissa Brandewie, Winter Haven, Florida, and Melanie Elsass-Smith (Steve), Troy, Ohio. She is also survived by her brother, Ned Myers, Centerville and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Janet (Jan) attended The Ohio State University for two years and paved the way for generations of Buckeye graduates including daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She operated her own business starting as a beautician in Greenville and then in Sidney for twenty-five years.  She loved her customers and developed many close friendships as the result of her profession.  As a working mother during the late 1950’s through the early 1970’s, she was a wonderful example of a woman successfully juggling both career and family life.

Mrs. Elsass involved herself in the community and was a member of several organizations.  She was active in the choir at Sidney First United Methodist Church, and participated as a member of Blanche Wilhide Circle, Eastern Star, Lady’s Shrine, and Book and Travel Club. 

She was an avid card player and a member of several bridge groups. She thoroughly enjoyed culinary arts and shared her talent frequently. Her creativity and love for entertaining generated countless social gatherings with family and friends.

Jan’s interest in culinary arts expanded well beyond her home kitchen.  Her recipe for apple dumplings, traditionally served at the church’s Autumn Leaves Luncheon, spun-off into an annual fall-fundraiser generating thousands of dumplings enjoyed throughout the community.

She loved music, especially the Big Band Era, and played the piano for enjoyment.  She supported local arts and with her husband, Murray, sponsored the restoration of the marquee at the Historic Sidney Theatre.

A celebration of Jan's life will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar Street, with Reverend Dr. David Chivington officiating. A reception will be held in the sanctuary at 10:00 am followed by a memorial service beginning at12:00 pm.


Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, 3230 N County Rd 25A, Troy, OH 45373 and Sidney First United Methodist Church.

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June 9, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sidney First United Methodist Church 230 E. Poplar St Sidney (Ohio)

Celebration of Life Service
June 9, 2022

12:00 PM
Sidney First United Methodist Church 230 E. Poplar St Sidney (Ohio)

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