Janet Roderick

Dear Scouts and Scouters. Please take note of the obituary regarding Mrs. Janet Roderick, Scoutmaster Jerry Roderick’s mother. Scouts are welcome but visitation and service will occur during school hours. The dinner after will begin at approximately 4PM at the church. I encourage our Scouts to attend the 4PM event to support the Roderick family. Please wear your best class A uniform if you are able to attend.

Bill Alsnauer, Chair

RODERICK Janet “Jan” Ruth Roderick (Detwiler), of Worthington, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Philip T. Roderick, parents John and Fern Detwiler, and grandson Alexander Joseph Roderick, as well as her brother John R. Detwiler, sister Sarah Gross (Detwiler), and sister Ruby Hershberger (Detwiler).

She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Arne) Jacobsen; son, Gerald (Karen) Roderick; and son, Joseph (Betsy) Roderick; along with grandchildren, Erik (Joy) Jacobsen, Craig (Alayna) Jacobsen, Christopher and Sarah Roderick, Benjamin and Jordyn Roderick; great-grandchildren, Patrick and Luke Jacobsen; and newest great-granddaughter, Avery Jacobsen.

Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. She tirelessly gave everything to her family and home – cooking, cleaning, and caring for them throughout her 76 years. In addition to family, her gardening and her dog Max brought great joy, which she said “kept her busy”. She loved to entertain family and friends in her home, spending hours in the kitchen and then insisting on cleaning up while everyone else relaxed. Outside the home, she enjoyed working for Worthington Schools for over 20 years, where she was known endearingly as “The Lunch Lady”. She always spoke fondly of the people she worked with and the thousands of kids she fed over the years. Our hearts are saddened by her sudden passing, but we are grateful now she is relaxing at last.

Calling hours will be held at Rutherford Funeral Home, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 1-3 p.m., followed by a brief memorial service. A dinner is planned immediately following across the street at the Worthington Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pilot Dogs Inc, 625 West Town Street Columbus, OH 43215.

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  1. Hello All– Don’t know how many of you read this, but for those that do, I want to extend a huge and sincere Thank You, on behalf of myself and my family for all of your thoughts, prayers, and soups. I understand that the service is early in the afternoon on Thursday and will keep you boys from attending– that was to accommodate my mom’s sisters and brothers from Indiana and Ohio outside the central Ohio area who want to head home before dark. But as many young brown shirts that can attend the meal afterward in the church basement (our meeting room) would really mean a lot. And it’s okay to come up and talk to me. If we run short of food, we’ll just get the dutch ovens out and make more, right? Seriously, Thanks for all of your support. And Thanks, too, for doing an exceptional job at Special Olympics– you received well deserved compliments from the staff.

    By the way, Mrs. Roderick is doing fine– still in the hospital, but on the mend with her new and improved left hip. She says she’s slowly up and walking and almost ready to kick some Life Scouts’ rear ends to the Eagle goal line! Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts, too.

    The Scoutmaster

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