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Janet L. Knight

Janet L. Knight, age 88, of Shelby, died Monday afternoon, May 1, 2023 at Mill Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation in Galion.

Born October 11, 1934 in Shelby to the late James W. and Helen K. (Laubie) Southard, she was a 1952 graduate of Shelby High School. Janet had been employed at Shelby Mutual Insurance Company and later Miami Systems from where she retired after more than 20 years of service. Following retirement, Janet enjoyed working for Marvin Memorial Library.

A member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby and living in the adjoining property, Janet often made meals for the Sisters of St. Francis when they were teachers at St. Mary School and housed in the convent- now the parish center. For 12 years, Janet served on the Shelby Planning Commission and was a lover of all animals- especially cats. Her family, especially her grandchildren, were so very special to her.

She is survived by her children: Amy (Jim) Adkins, Michael (Beth) Knight, Ronald (Stephanie) Knight, II, and James (Michelle) Knight; grandchildren: Derek Knight, Katelyn (Michael) Garza, Hannah Knight, Allison Knight, and Charlie (Lauren) Adkins; great grandson: Bentlee Garza; sisters: Mary Ann (Roger) Payne and Sally (Jim) Dunbar; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ronald E. Knight, Sr. whom she wed on November 14, 1953 and preceded her in death on July 26, 2014.

Family and friends are welcome to attend graveside services on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 11 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, South Gamble Street, Shelby with Fr. Chris Mileski officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to the Richland County Humane Society via their website,

Care for Janet and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Online condolences may be left for Janet on the funeral home’s website, or their Facebook page,



Memories & Condolence

  1. Patty Korbas says:

    So sorry to hear this. Knew Janet & Ronnie for many, many years. Both wonderful people. Prayers for comfort to all.

  2. Heath and Dee says:

    Our hearts break for the loss of Jan. She was like a grandmother to our children and a great neighbor and friend to us. May the Lord hold and comfort you during this time. Our most sincere condolences.

  3. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  4. Frank and Tanyce Addison says:

    Our deepest sympathies. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.

  5. Chris DeVito says:

    So very sorry to hear of Janet’s passing.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these most difficult days.
    In God’s Love,
    Dave and Chris DeVito

  6. Katie spangler says:

    So sorry for your loss. Janet was a special lady. She was always caring and ready to help where needed. She will be missed by her many friends. Prayers for her family.

  7. Chuck and Barb Elliott says:

    To all the Knight family,
    please accept our sympathy and prayers in the loss of Janet.
    She was a good soul and one of the kindest people we have ever known.
    and now she is back with her hubby , Ron.
    sincerely, The Elliotts

  8. Diana Nolen says:

    Heartbreaking. Janet was blessed with a caring heart for her family, friends and for her cats too.

  9. Linda Johnson says:

    My condolences to the Knight family, It’s been years since I’ve seen Janet, but I remember her so fondly. She was a kind lady and I enjoyed talking with her. Sincerely, Linda

  10. Lorna Albert says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. John Magers says:

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Over the years I would see her around her neighborhood and catch up.

  12. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Janet. Knew her and the family my whole life. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  13. Carmee Ross says:

    So very sorry to read of Janet’s passing, been many years since we worked together at Marvin Memorial Library. A wonderful coworker and friend. Enjoyed our time together, she was a great friend to all and was a very caring lady. My deepest condolences to her children, grandchildren, and sister, Sally and family as well. Carmee Ross

  14. Joyce Barnes says:

    To Janet’s family, So very sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many. She was a lady of love and compassion. Peace and comfort to all in the coming days.

  15. Heather says:

    So sorry for your loss I had a lot of good times talking to Janet!

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