Janet Eileen Close

SEBRING – Janet Eileen Close, 79, of Sebring, formerly of Alliance, died Friday at the Crandall Medical Center.

Born Sept. 21, 1933, in North Jackson, she was the daughter of the late Lewis E. and Erma D. (Hacker) Schlabaugh.

Mrs. Close was the “Mail Lady” for their family business, United Tool and Die. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death on July 14, 2001, by her husband, Donald Close.

Survivors include her three sons, Dennis (Debbie) Close and Todd (Barb) Close, all of Sebring and Gary (Colleen) Close of Salem; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sandra S. (Pat) Keney of North Jackson.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Richard J. Close.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Mikes officiating.

Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will take place at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Hospice of the Valley 5190 Market St., Boardman 44512 or the Cope Foundation, P.O. Box 1251 Melville, N.Y. 11747.

Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register online at www.grfuneralhome.com.