Nellie Lou Janik

Champion of the underdog

Surrounded by her family and friends Nellie Lou Janik (Williams) died June 26, 2014.

Born June 24, 1932, this Theodore Roosevelt High School "Rough Rider" loved horses, Canadian fishing trips, ice skating and animal rescues.

The daughter of Vivian Marie Carpenter and stepfather, Paul H. Carpenter, Nellie's true love was music, inherited from her father, jazz musician Albert Williams. Her life was defined striving for a world in peace. Through a religious doctrine she personally championed the cause of the underdog.

An avid peace activist, she demonstrated against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War with the American Friends Service Committee. A graduate of Kent State University in 1954, she received her masters degree in social work at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1956. She worked as a Social Worker in Poughkeepsie, New York, Pittsburgh and in the Cleveland and Akron area. As an educator, she taught in the Honors and Experimental College and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Kent State University. In addition, she taught at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron and also donated her time teaching English at the American Language School in Akron.

People are invited to celebrate the life of Mrs. Janik with her family; her husband, George, and children Lisa and Greg, along with her son-in-law Chris Graham and grandchildren, Nicholas and Mark Gregory, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent on July 9 at 11 a.m., 288 Gougler Avenue, Kent.

Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.

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