Janet L. (Cherry) McDowell, 78, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2017 at Centre Crest, Bellefonte, PA. Born on April 13, 1938 in Bellefonte, Janet was the daughter of the late Melvin L. Cherry and Mary M. (Wilson) Cherry. Janet married Richard E. McDowell on May 3, 1958. Richard preceded her in death on August 16, 2014 after 56 years together. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lori A. Cole on September 5, 2015 and a sister, Mary Ann Ort on November 13, 1982. Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Stamm (Brian) and Leslie Ramish of Bellefonte; four grandchildren, Daniel Cole (Krista) of Howard, Jenna Cole of Bellefonte, Vincent Ramish of Westerville, Ohio and Nicholas Ramish of State College; son-in-law, Charles Cole of Bellefonte; and one great-grandson, Rowan Cole of Howard.
Janet was a homemaker. Her whole life revolved around her family. She looked forward to family vacations and in later years traveling with her husband. Earlier in life Janet was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star. She attended music concerts, sporting events and dance recitals of her children and grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes Street, Bellefonte from 9-11 am followed by the funeral service at 11 am with Pastor Terry Daughtery officiating.
Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Bellefonte.
Memorial contributions may be made in Janet’s memory to Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100 Harrisburg, PA 17710. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.