Janet Peterson Woodhouse

January 20, 1939December 2, 2020

Janet Peterson Woodhouse, 81, of Largo, Florida, passed away on December 2, 2020. Janet was born in Lincoln, Kansas on January 20, 1939 to Alfred and Muriel Peterson.

In 1957 Janet moved to Florida and met and married the love of her life, Leroy Woodhouse. They became antique dealers and owned Woodhouse Antiques in Largo, FL. She loved working in her yard and of course decorating for all holidays. Janet was a huge Bucs and Gators fan and rarely missed watching a game. Her neighbors all got to know her when they would see her walking her beloved dog, Chrissy.

Janet is preceaded in death by her beloved husband, Leroy as well as her parents, Alfred and Muriel Peterson and daughter, Joyce Bruce.

Janet is survived by her brothers, Kent Peterson (Norma) of Forthworth Tx, David Peterson (Sharon) of Greenville SC; son, Lawrence Woodhouse (Darlene) of Cleveland Tennessee; daughter, Julie Thomas of Clearwater, Florida; Grandchildren, Angela Horvatic,(Randy) of Clearwater, Florida, Jim Bruce (Bailey) of Gainsville, Florida, Andrew Arbutine (Alysa) of Palm Harbor Florida, Jacob Thomas of Clearwater, Florida, Brittany Thomas of Clearwater, Florida; Great grandchildren, Penny Bruce, Addison Arbutine, and August Arbutine. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Animal Rescue or Bichon Frise Rescue.


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Kent Peterson

January 12, 2021

It has been a long road but, sadly, it ended too soon. We both came into this world in the middle of the Great Depression when many could not put food on the table . Some came to our town "riding the rails" and stopped by grandma Shaffstall's home looking for a meal. If we were not home she left a note on the always unlocked door telling where the food was located.
Then came World War II. You would walk round town looking at all the stickers on homes showing how many were serving and, sadly, how many had died. Those were tough years with strict rationing of food, clothing, etc. You started school toward the end of the war. School was stressful with daily air raid drills requiring us to dive under our desks . The lunch program provided ample meals (you didn't like the veggies). The milk was often sour or weedy (You would pour it out when teacher wasn't watching).
During those years we were pals and on our own. Mom worked long hours at the optical shop and helped with the school lunch program while dad (who was 4-F) worked for weeks at a time at a rocket powder plant 100 miles away. We spent most of our time at grandma's.
Near war's end mom drove us to her sister's in California. You enjoyed the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Great Sand Dunes, etc. While there, we heard the shore batteries shooting at a Japanese submarine.
After the war the family moved to Liberal, KS and then to Woodward, OK where dad helped rebuild the towns devastated by tornadoes. You played with a little pony nearby.
Finally, we ended up on La Veta Pass, Colorado where mom and dad ran a restaurant and you and I ran the gas station. Mom's health required a lower altitude so after brother David was born we moved to Walsenburg, Co. where we went to school. I eventually entered the navy and you and mom opened a restaurant.
While stationed in Key West I brought you folks there for Christmas and you ended up moving to Florida, starting a new life.
May you rest in peace.

Michele Suarez

December 7, 2020

I have known you since 1984 when I started working with Joyce! We have had some great laughs and some sad times together!! I will miss you until I see you again someday my friend. May you be at peace.

Connie Lucad

December 7, 2020

I was just remembering Janet the other day. We had some great conversations about antiques, she taught me a lot. I am sorry for her passing and send my sympathy and condolences to you and the family. Connie Lucas

Bailey Bruce

December 7, 2020

I never knew what grandmas really were until I met you. I’m forever thankful for you helping raise my husband. I’ll miss our text convos each week, and holidays at your house. But most of all, how much you adored Penny. I’m thankful she got to have you for five years.

Love and miss you Grandma - Bailey

The last picture ever taken of you and Penny. January 2020 - bday visit