Janet Weaver was born on September 22, 1936 in Cleveland, and grew up in Granger Township where her parents were truck farmers. Eventually that farm evolved into Granger Gardens African violets, known to collectors of violets throughout the world.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Grace Eyerdom, and her brother, Dale Eyerdom.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Weaver, sons Jeffrey Weaver (Renee), Douglas Weaver (Robert), daughter Lori Votapek (Paul), sister Edith Simmons (Donald), and her beloved grandchildren Samantha, Nicole, Marisa, Serena and Stephen.
Jan attended Granger elementary school and was a member of the second class to graduate from Highland High School. She received her nursing degree from Akron General Hospital and went on to work 48 years in her vocation. She married her high school classmate Jerry Weaver in 1956, and they remained married until her death—more than 61 years.
She lived with breast, lung and finally brain cancer for five and a half years before dying on January 21, 2018. She participated in five clinical studies during this time in order to further research and develop better treatments for future cancer patients.
She will be remembered for the unconditional love she offered to family, friends, patients and even strangers.
Her love was shared with animals as well. Over the years she rescued rabbits, squirrels, birds, cats, skunks, dogs and a donkey, nursing them back to health when they were sick or injured, feeding them when they could not feed themselves.
Horses were her passion. She owned and rode horses her entire life and competed in shows all the way through her late seventies. Her last show was in September 2015 where she rode her beloved horse, Monte. (And yes, she won.)
Per Jan’s wishes, there will be no viewing and no funeral, but a graveside celebration of her life will be held in the spring when her ashes are buried in the family’s section of the Granger Cemetery.
Donations in Jan’s name can be made to the Medina County SPCA