SACKETS HARBOR, NY — Janet D. Spink, 85, Sackets Harbor, and widow of R.Thomas Spink, passed away Monday evening, April 22, at the Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown, where she had resided for two years.
Born Jan. 31, 1934, in Harrison, NY, she was the daughter of the late Christopher and Edith (Boag) Dew. Janet lived in Port Chester, NY for the first twelve years of her life, then her parents and she moved to Dearborn, Michigan. Janet graduated from the Henry Hudson Business High School in Dearborn, Michigan in 1952.
After graduation, she moved to Watertown, NY and worked for New York Telephone Company from 1954-1966 as an operator and bookkeeper. In 1979, she helped establish the Nutrition Site (now Meals On Wheels) in Sackets Harbor for the Office for the Aging and was affiliated with the program through the late 1980s.
Janet was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Sackets Harbor for over 50 years. She was active in her local community through various civic and volunteer organizations including Sackets Harbor Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, and Girl Scouts to name a few.
Janet is survived by her children, Brian Spink and Karen Moncada, Ava, NY; Deborah and Richard Davis and Tammy and Scott Ditch, both of Sackets Harbor; and Connie Loughhead and Derek Carter, Lexington, VA; her grandchildren Tracy and Miguel Zarate, Amanda and Jesse Tuthill, Jennifer and David Martin, all of Rome, NY; Laura Davis and John, Ann Arbor, MI; Lindsay Davis, Alaina and Joshua Keruski, Collin and Jaxon Ditch, all of Sackets Harbor; John Thomas Loughhead, and Daniel and Ainsley Carter, all of Lexington, VA; great grandchildren, Meredith Zarate, Grayson and Landon Tuthill, Emerson and Oliver Martin, all of Rome, NY.
Janet married R. Thomas Spink at Christ Episcopal Church in Sackets Harbor on July 10, 1954. Mr. Spink, a retired Judge for the Town of Hounsfield, passed away in 2006.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers (Jan, Cindy, Darcey, Naomi, Linda, Jennifer, Katie and Alaina) who provided excellent care at her home for six years. They would also like to thank the second-floor staff of the Skilled Nursing Facility at Samaritan Summit who gave excellent care and comfort to Janet and her family over the last two years.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Smithville Baptist Church with the Pastor Terry Alford officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery Sackets Harbor.
Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Janet Spink’s name to the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, “Truck Replacement Fund”, 112 North Broad St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
Condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.