OBITUARY

Janice Emily Testa

July 10, 1930September 26, 2013

Janice Emily Testa (Hibbs), 83, of Scotch Plains, NJ and Newport Coast, CA passed away in Newport Coast on September 26, 2013. She was born in Lowell, MA on July 10, 1930 to Chester and Ethel Hibbs. She graduated from Riverside School in Lowell MA; Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, MA; and Bryant and Straton College in Boston.

Janice began her career in communications at radio station WLLH in Lowell. She later worked at the J. Walter Thompson Company in New York City where she produced commercials for the “Today Show” when it first began, and for “Today in New York City.” Following her marriage in 1952 she became office manager for her husband’s company.

Janice was very active at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield, NJ. She was cofounder of Mobile Meals of Westfield, NJ, and was the first president of that independent organization. She was also a member of the board of the Union County Visiting Homemakers Service; president of the Episcopal Church Women at St. Paul’s Church; and was president with her husband of the couples club at the church.

Janice was always active in her alumni association of the Northfield School for Girls now known as Northfield Mount Herman School. She was national chairman of The Annual Fund for four years and was given the highest award of the school, The Lamplighters Award, for making a difference in present and future students’ lives. As chairman of the annual fund she helped raise millions of dollars for the school. She also ran the NMH Travel Program as a volunteer.

Janice and her husband were avid sailors traveling the Intracoastal Waterway from New Jersey to Florida fourteen times and was an active member of the Bay Head Yacht Club. Her award winning photography was her true passion along with traveling extensively throughout Europe.

Janice is survived by her husband of 61 years, Anthony T. Testa of Scotch Plains, NJ and Newport Coast, CA. She is also survived by her three children; Thomas Testa of Colonia, NJ; Jane Howard of Dover, NH; and Elizabeth Manning of Newport Coast, CA. Also, she is survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Sparky.

Funeral services will be held at Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625, Monday, October 7, at 1:00 PM.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2013
REMEMBERING

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December 24, 2013

Elvia and Doreen in Willowcreek Rehab NJ miss you a lot. May you rest peacefully in the Lord. Amen

Eunice (Pearson) Rheaume

October 12, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Tony, Tommy, Jane and Beth on their loss. My thoughts are with you.

alpesh patel

October 8, 2013

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the testa family. my prayers and thoughts are with you.

Rachel Jackson

October 7, 2013

Tony,
My love to you and your family...Jan was a LIGHT in the lives of so many! I will forever cherish our friendship and the laughs that we shared...deepest condolences.

Doug and Cynthia

October 7, 2013

Words cannot express our shared sorrow. But, fond memories always brighten the heart. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Doug and Cynthia

Florence Edwards

October 6, 2013

Dear Tony, Jane Beth, Tommy and family members,
Know we share your grief and send our deepest sympathy. Janice was a wonderful cousin. I shall miss the knowledge of her presence. I loved her wit, sense of humor and the lilt of her voice. She has been an inspiration to me for most of my eighty years. You are all in my prayers. Be strong.
Love, Florence

George Ohye

October 4, 2013

Fond memories of Barnegat Light!!! Deepest sympathy to Tony and the kids.
George Ohye

Connie Krull Hutt

October 4, 2013

Dear Tony and family,
As a classmate of Jan's at The Northfield School, I grieve too, upon learn of her passing. No reunion was complete without her smiling welcome, her engageing conversation, her cheery news of other classmates. Her Class News in each publication of the NMH Magazine, displayed the results of her heart warming appeals for class news. The Class of 1948 was the richer because she was a large luminary at its center. I shall miss her annual Christmas Card greeting so reminiscent of her vibrant spirit... Connie Krull Hutt '48

Josie Rigby

October 4, 2013

I will miss Jan greatly. She was a wonderful volunteer for her class and NMH. My sincerest condolences to her family.

Josie Rigby,
NMH Alumni and Parent Programs Office

FROM THE FAMILY