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May 8, 2013

Janice Wilma Lancaster

JOHNSTOWN — LANCASTER – Janice Wilma, passed away peacefully May 6, 2013, at her home in Johnstown. Preceded in death by her grandmother, Wilma Lancaster; and mother, Ann Lancaster. Survived by her daughters, Pam Small, Portland, Ore.; and Tammy Bernstein, Johnstown; son-in-law, Howard Bernstein; and grandchildren, Alison and Andrew Small; and Blake, Grant and Brock Bernstein. Janice was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Bloomington, Ill. She was the oldest of four siblings, and moved with her family to Tucson, Ariz., where she grew up, having attended Catalina High School. She raised two daughters, and when they were young, she obtained her degree in education from the University of Arizona, having completed a four-year degree in just three years. Janice was the first person in her family to obtain a college education. She taught U.S. history in the Sunnyside School District for more than 15 years, where she passed on her tremendous knowledge and intense passion for history. She took great pride in her students, and led teams of high school students from Tucson to compete in the Academic Decathlon in Washington, D.C. She was an avid reader who was knowledgeable in both world and U.S. history. Her field of expertise was the Civil War, an area in which she was incredibly well versed and which she loved to talk about. Janice loved classic movies, writing, painting, chocolate, friends, her cat and above all, she loved her daughters and five grandchildren. Her legacy is the lives she enriched – as a teacher, a mom and a grandmother. Friends received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown, Pa. 15905, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interment, Grandview Cemetery.

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