It is with great sadness that the family of Janet G. Stannard of Wilbraham, announces her passing. On Monday May 3, 2021 at the age of 87 years, she left with the angels while surrounded by her family at home. Janet, daughter of the late Carolus and Madeline (Boak) Getchell, was born in Pittsfield Massachusetts on June 25, 1933. Janet and her late brothers, John (Jack) and James (Jim) were raised in Pittsfield, and then later moved with her family to Wilbraham. She was a graduate of Classical Highschool and as a child, Janet enjoyed showing her Jersey cows with the 4H Club at the Big E. She liked motorcycle riding with her husband Charlie, while they were members of the BMW Motorcycle Club. She enjoyed working and goofing off at Rice Fruit Farm with her best friend Olga VonFlatern. Janet loved listening to country music, loved to read and was an avid sewer. She spent many of her summers on Martha’s Vineyard with her circle of friends and a glass of white zinfandel. She also absolutely adored her retired Fidelco German shepherd guide dogs. Janet was predeceased by her first husband, Charles E Gardell (Air Force Vet) and leaves four children, Linda DuBois of Chicopee, Cheryl Boylan of Chester, Charlene Morse and her husband Lewis (Army Vet) of Wilbraham, and her “favorite” Eric Gardell of Wilbraham. She had eight grandchildren, Nathan (Navy Vet.), Ethan, Kristal, Keith, Sarah, Gregory, Chaz and Savannah along with 4 great-grandchildren, Desmond, Elliott, Jasmine and Ariel. Janet was predeceased by her second husband, Richard L. Stannard (Navy Vet) and leaves her stepchildren, Susan Merrick and husband Carl of Vero Beach, Richard Stannard and his wife Allison of Roslindale, and Cherie Stannard of Vero Beach; and a grandson, Chase. Lastly, her partner, Raymond Beach who was a Marine Veteran of WWII and Korea as well as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Wilbraham, predeceased Janet. There will be a “Celebration of Life” get together which will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations- can be made to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Fidelco.org). Arrangements were by the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., Springfield.
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