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MINERAL RIDGE – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on  Wednesday at St. Christine Parish, 3165 S. Schenley Ave. in Youngstown for Janet Elaine Freisen, 77, who died Wednesday afternoon at Continuing Healthcare Solutions at the Ridge. 

Janet was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Michael and Nellie (Blackburn) Terlecky and was a lifelong area resident. 

She graduated from Ursuline High School in 1959 and received her Bachelor Degree from Youngstown State University. Janet work as a Medical Technologist for St. Elizabeth Medical Center for many years.

She was a member of St. Christine Parish and a former member of the Family Life Committee of the church. Janet enjoyed bingo, arts and crafts, especially painting and had won many ribbons for her paintings.  She was an avid seamstress, making clothing and costumes for her daughters and sister. Janet also enjoyed traveling and the many road trips taken with her family. She was kind-hearted and always thinking of others. She loved to make people smile and was known for her sense of humor and telling jokes and will be dearly missed. 

Her husband, Frederick P. Freisen, whom she married Oct. 7, 1972, died June of 2009. 

Janet leaves her two daughters, Amy (Brian) Aurandt of Austintown, and Holly (Greg) Potters of Natick, Mass.; four grandchildren, Victoria, Katherine, Andrew and Daniel; and her sister, Joan Krispli of Youngstown. 

Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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“I was so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. As part of the painting class at Ashley Circle, I enjoyed helping her achieve success in her art. She was determined, sometimes obstinate (!), and always striving to be a better artist. It was an honor to be her teacher. Her jokes cracked me up, often more for the glee than the jokes themselves. Your family is in my thoughts during this difficult time. ”

 » Suzanne Gray on May 29, 2019

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