Saturday, February 21, 2004

Janet Strawser, 96, helped run business

Family has funeral home in Blue Ash

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LOVELAND - Janet Strawser and her husband, J. Blair Strawser, used to move the furniture out of their living room in order to conduct funeral services at Strawser Funeral Home in Blue Ash.

Mrs. Strawser worked side by side with her husband in the business until he died in 1976. After her son Ted took over, she continued to live in the apartment over the funeral home - and answer the phone during the night - until she was well into her 80s.

Mrs. Strawser, 96, died Sunday at the Lodge Care Center in Loveland.

"Mom is well known for her generosity, personality, her sense of humor and her shining smile," her daughter, Donna Strawser Shaw of West Chester. "She is a wonderful example of what a person should be in life."

Born Janet DeCamp Spear in 1907 in Branch Hill, near Loveland, she graduated from the high school and took a job with Cincinnati Bell. She took the train downtown every day from Branch Hill.

She married Mr. Strawser - a student at the Cincinnati School of Embalming (now the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science) - in 1932.

Mrs. Strawser was a member of the Blue Ash Woman's Club, the Republican Club and Blue Ash Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include sons Teddy B. Strawser of Miami Township and Neil S. Strawser of Symmes Township; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to noon today, followed by the service at Strawser Funeral Home, 9503 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash.

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