Janet Gayle Widman, 73, of Lynchburg, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

She was born Aug. 17, 1947 in Tiffin, the daughter of the late Roland E. and Jennie Ruth (Powell) Pancost. 

She was a graduate of Mohawk High School in Sycamore, Ohio Northern University (B.A. English, 1969) and M.B. Johnson School of Nursing in Elyria (Diploma, 1977). She practiced as a registered nurse in the state of Ohio. She had worked at the Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington and Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro.

In addition to her nursing career, for five years she was the executive director of the Clinton County Women’s Center, a pro-life ministry offering chastity counseling and alternatives to abortion. During her tenure as director, she developed a program on date rape and chastity, which was presented to thousands of teens and young adults in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Kansas. She published a newspaper, “Abstinence Angle,” which discussed date rape, chastity and sexually transmitted diseases. She also published a chastity credit card and curriculum on teaching students about date rape. 

Her biography was included in several editions of “Who’s Who in American Nursing.” She was also a published poet and author, appearing in multiple anthologies of poetry. She had served as national secretary of the Short Wing Piper Club for several years. She was a member of the Lynchburg United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 181 in Bucyrus. 

Janet is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ralph W. Widman, Jr., whom she married Aug. 17, 1969 in Ada; a brother, Larry (Mary) Pancost of Columbus; and a sister, Lois (Jim) Charles of Rochester, N.H. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carol McMullen. 

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Lynchburg United Methodist Church. Pastor Harold Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus. Visitation will be held Monday, July 26, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. at the Davis-Turner Funeral Home in Lynchburg. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio M.B.T.C., Teens, Inc. for staff support only, P.O. Box 529, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. 

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