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Rosedale Funeral Home & Rosedale Cemetery

917 Cemetery Road, Martinsburg, WV

OBITUARY

Janet M. Massett

October 19, 1933May 31, 2020
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Janet M. Massett (Willis) died Sunday, May 31, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Place (St. Catherine’s) Nursing Center Emmitsburg, Maryland of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86 years old. Janet was born at home outside Martinsburg, West Virginia on October 19, 1933 to the late Edith Mae (Talbott) and Robert Dunbar Willis. As a young child she attended Fairview Arden – a two room schoolhouse in the country. After graduating from Martinsburg High School, she obtained her RN degree from the former Kings’ Daughter’s Hospital’s nursing school. She was employed as a nurse at the Veteran’s Hospital in Martinsburg where she met her future husband Dominick Massett who was a patient. They settled in Thurmont, MD and together had 5 children – Sabrina Massett, Alissa Mayer (Mike), Myra Hall, Robert (Kim), and Matthew (Stacie). Janet continued to work in the nursing field – for Doctor’s Morningstar and Carroll in Emmitsburg and at Gettysburg and Frederick Memorial hospitals. In her younger years she enjoyed her weekly bridge game, traveling to Florida, California, and Arizona, watching thoroughbred races and stock car races in person and on TV with her sons. While a resident at St. Josephs’ she especially enjoyed when the Elvis impersonator came to entertain. She is fondly remembered by grandchildren Jesse (Elizabeth), Katie and Lauren Hensley; Mya, Cayley, and Bradley Hall; Cheryl Bittner, Mike Sinclair, Christopher and Robert Maichle; Barrett Johnson; Crystal Stephenson; Daniel Koval, and great-granddaughters Addison and Abigail Hensley; Lillian Reall and great-grandson Isaac Mentzer. She was pre-deceased by her brother Gary W. Willis and son-in-law Barry Hall. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at St. Joseph’s for their excellent care and kindness to Janet and all of us during the eight years she lived there. It was truly her home. Friends will be received on Saturday June 6, 2020 from 11 am- 1 pm through a drive-up visitation followed by a private graveside service for family at Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, West Virginia. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Good bye mom – “Summertime and the living is easy” – forever.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

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Ann Orndorff

June 6, 2020

Dear Matt, Stacie & Family,
I’m reading this at 1pm on Saturday which means I’ve missed everything and news travels slow sometimes. Please know you have my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of the lovely person you call mom, grandma etc. May the fond memories help you as you grieve. Although I did not know her personally, I know she raised at least one wonderful son! I see Janet worked for DrMorningstar... I could very well have talked with her many times in the phone if it was 1972 or later... called his office often from the labor room... Sending caring thoughts and hopes that you will continue to LIVE your lives as she would have wanted... with another angel looking over you! Fondly, AnnOrndorff

Carol & Steve Newmann

June 3, 2020

Sabrina and Family,
May the love of family and friends help bring you comfort during this difficult time. May fond memories of your loved one aid the healing process.
Carol & Steve

george zinkhan

June 3, 2020

To Dominick and family - Sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen you all when you were living behind me on Radio Lane. And Dominick had you one time in the shop at THS. She certainly looks good in the picture and had a good experience with her kids and grandchildren. God bless you all and take care.
George Zinkhan, III

Karhy frye

June 2, 2020

Janet was one of my favorite residents. From laughing to crying being sad to happy. She was just a loveable lady. She always speak highly if her grandson Robert. She will be missed by many. My favorite memory of her was getting her ready for the day She always was so happy to see me. I will truly remember her in my ❤️❤️.

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