Janet Margaret Angelo (née Lane) of Huntingdon Valley, PA and formerly of Rydal, PA and Somers Point, NJ passed away peacefully on August 30, 2022 with her loving daughter by her side after a long battle with various health issues including Diabetes and CREST- syndrome. She was 80 years old.
Janet was born in Philadelphia on March 2, 1942 to Joseph and Ida Lane (née Russell) and grew up in South Philadelphia, attending Edgar Allen Poe Elementary School, Vare Junior High School and Southern Philadelphia High School.
A determined and tenacious young woman, she began to help her family by taking on ironing at the age of 8 to help make ends meet and working various jobs before becoming a draftsman at Bell Telephone after High School Graduation.
She met the love of her life, Stanley Angelo Jr., while attending Southern and married him on June 13, 1964. Together, Janet and Stan expanded his family’s business, Angelo Brothers Company, a local lamp and lighting company that grew into international Westinghouse Lighting Company. Janet was truly the “secret weapon” behind Stanley, traveling the world with her vivacious personality charming vendors and customers. She was always quick to know the names of the employees who became part of the Angelo “family” and could be found redesigning the Employee Cafeteria and handling the Interior Design of the most recent headquarters in the Far Northeast.
Janet loved to entertain and regularly hosted international and domestic suppliers to their lovely home, “Angelane”, as well as her beautiful Christmas dinners.
In her 30s she decided to enroll in more formal education studying Art History at Beaver College, now Arcadia University where she was an excellent student. Her love of art was evident with her specialty of Water Color Painting and Plein Art Painting by the streams of New Hope, PA.
In her 40s, Janet turned to her community in just one of her many volunteer opportunities serving for 8 years as Chair of the Board of Abington Arts Center, where she was instrumental in creating community events and laid the foundation for the Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden.
Constantly needing new challenges, Janet was accepted into the prestigious Docent program of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she excelled in their Impressionism and Asian art collections. A highlight of her time here was giving a private tour to Robert Redford who praised her for her knowledge.
Janet’s family and friends were also dear to her with many of her friends having honorary “Sister” status. She was always generous in spirit and made sure she was always there for her friends.
She raised two daughters and was Guardian to 5 children from Hong Kong making huge weekend family dinners for a number of years.
Janet also loved traveling all over the world with Stan and her family with Venice and Milan being two of her favorite places. A new country would be chosen by the family each summer to study and visit.
Despite all her successes in life, Janet suffered from ill health most of her life. Few people knew the extent of her struggles, but her zest for life and indomitable spirit pushed her through the pain.
Janet is survived by her husband Stan of 58 years, daughters, Jennifer Angelo of Chestnut Hill, PA and Elizabeth Angelo of Fox Chase, Philadelphia and twin grandsons, Jacob and Matthew Bronstein also of Chestnut Hill, PA, her sister Kathy O’Neill of Hammonton , NJ, honorary “daughter” Carol Bayard of Philadelphia, PA and many nieces and nephews including Janet Bossi, the Lamb family, the Coluzzi family and goddaughter, Jeanne Roselli and as well as a host of friends.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, Immaculate Conception Church, 606 West Avenue, Jenkintown, where family and friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) or PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), 1810 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 19115 as she was a lifelong animal lover with many fur babies.
Helweg & Rowland Funeral Home
Posted online on 02 September 2022
Published in The Intelligencer
Immaculate Conception Church 606 West Avenue, Jenkintown
06 September 2022 at 10:00 – 11:00
Immaculate Conception Church 606 West Avenue, Jenkintown Entombment in Resurrection Cemetery will be held privately.
06 September 2022 at 11:00