Monday, May 24, 2004

Jan Englert, 57, turned
gift-giving into art form

Northside woman loved to dance

By: Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When Jan Englert gave a gift, she put just as much thought into the wrapping paper as she did the gift itself. And it didn't matter how well she knew someone. Gift-giving came naturally to Ms. Englert, and she became known for her tokens of kindness.

"It made no difference if she knew you for a minute, an hour or a day, she would find something you would like and give it to you," said her sister, Barbie Beier of Crittenden.

Janice Lynn Englert died Monday while on vacation in Freeport, Bahamas, of an apparent heart attack. The Northside resident was 57.

"She was so thoughtful," said Mary Sparks of Saint Bernard, whose cousin, Nancy Korman, was Ms. Englert's sister-in-law and one of her best friends. "If you were going through a hard time, she was the kind of friend that would meet you for lunch every day and talk you through it."

Raised in Northside, Ms. Englert graduated from Our Lady of Angels High School and worked at WELL Tel Credit Union, downtown, for more than 20 years.

Her love of dancing carried over from her younger years as a go-go dancer, to recent years, when she and her sisters would travel to Freeport to hear the Sunglobes sing her favorite song, "Hold Your Head."

"She was always joking and she never said an unkind word about anybody. She was just a lot of fun," her sister said.

Other survivors include her husband of 31 years, John Englert of Northside; a stepdaughter, Jamie Englert; two stepsons, John and Brian Englert; two other sisters, Sheila Dowers and Carla Tripp, both of Springfield Township; a brother, Kevin Jesse of Mount Healthy; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Charles A. Miller Sons Funeral Home, 4138 Hamilton Ave., Northside.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Jan Englert, c/o WELL Tel Credit Union, 324 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati 45202.


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