Janet C. Kleinknecht

December 14, 1929February 20, 2013

Janet C. (nee Monahan) Kleinknecht, 83, of Manchester, NJ, passed away at the Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ, on Wednesday February 20, 2013. Born and raised in Orange, NJ, Janet lived in Keansburg for many years before moving to Manchester in 1985. When living in Keansburg, Janet was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church, where she volunteered for almost everything, including the PTA and working in the rectory. After moving to Manchester, she became a parishioner of Saint John’s Church in Lakehurst and was very active in Cedar Glen West, heading clubs and events. When meeting others, she would often adopt them as her niece, nephew, or other family member. After meeting her, she made you feel like family. Janet could always see the good in every situation, and could find humor and happiness in the most negative and dire circumstances.

Janet was predeceased by her husband John in 2002 and her grandson Nicholas Ott in 2011, and her four siblings, Jack, John James, Shirley and Jimmy. She is survived by her loving daughter Debra Ott and her husband Stephen, her cherished granddaughter Julia, her cousin Sharon, and her devoted canine friends JD and Tug.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 & 7-9 pm on Monday February 25, 2013, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester, NJ 08759. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday February 26, at 10 am at Saint John’s Church, 619 Chestnut Street, Lakehurst, NJ 08733, with interment to follow at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Wrightsown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet’s memory can be made to either the Cpl Nicholas Ott Memorial Fund online at or by mail: your check, payable to "MTEF/Ott Memorial Fund", to MTEF, P.O. Box 168, Whiting, NJ 08759 or to the Manchester First Aid Squad, 29 South Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759. For tributes, please visit


  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Committal Service Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Janet C. Kleinknecht

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Marybeth Finnegan

February 24, 2013

Sweetie - we are so saddened by your passing. You were a truly wonderful lady, you made us feel like we were part of your family, you were a second Mom and Grandma to us. I will miss seeing that beautiful smile. Our family has been so blessed to have had you in our lives. May you rest in peace, we love you
Rich, Marybeth, Kelly, Kevin, Shannon and Paige Finnegan

Rich & Diane Hagy

February 24, 2013

May you rest in peace with Jack.

February 23, 2013

Janet, you always had a smile and you could make anyone feel happy just by being with you and your upbeat spirt. I am sure that you're having a good time in Heaven with all our friends who went before us. I send you love and peace. Oh yes--- and BIG HUGS.
Evelyn O'Brien

Joyce Greenwald

February 23, 2013

May you rest in peace with your loved ones and blessings on your daughter and her family.

February 23, 2013

I will miss you Janet. We had a lot of laughs at bingo and bingo will not be the same without you. Loved our chats on the phone also.
Nan Rao - CGW