Janice G. Goodrich Gerson, 82, of Lebanon, passed away Monday, January 2, 2023. Janice was born in Portland, Indiana on September 19, 1940, the daughter of Perce Gordon and Francis Ann (Hawkins) Goodrich.
Janice graduated from Portland High School, William Woods Junior College, and the University of Chattanooga. She lived in Lebanon from 1970 – 1990, and Zionsville for ten years. While in Lebanon and Zionsville she was active in the early 4-H cat program. She also taught at Perry Worth Elementary School. She was a member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck of Indianapolis and a life member of Hadassaj.
After the death of her husband, Alex, in 1992, she moved to Beaver Island, Michigan, where she lived for 24 years. She spent winters in Sarasota, Florida and stopped in Lebanon for spring and fall visits. While on Beaver Island she started the audio book program for the district library. In 2015 she moved back to Lebanon to retire.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Gerson and her brother, John B. Goodrich. She is survived by her sister-in-law Sarona; her daughter, Cynthia Fisk of Sandusky, Ohio; three grandchildren; her sister, Elizabeth Orrill of Madison, Indiana; as well as two nieces and two nephews, all of whom live in Portland, Indiana. Also surviving is her friend of fifty years, Dr. Paul Nordman and her best friend, Opal, her French Bulldog.
Donations may be made to the Witham Foundation or the Boone County Humane Society.
A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Myers Mortuary with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial of ashes will be entrusted to Baird-Freeman Funeral Home of Portland, Indiana.