Janet M. Lawson
Janet M. “Momma Je’ ” Lawson, 79, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., formerly of Altoona, died Saturday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness.
She was born in Altoona, the third daughter of the late William E. and Ethelind (Howell) Mills. She married James Lawson, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two children: William Lyle of Pittsburgh and Nikki Lynn Schandelmeier (Steven) of Altoona; three grandchildren: Randi Lynn Main, Scott Mateo and Peyton Rovatsos; three great-grandchildren: Ayanna, Hayden and Talan Shiffler; a sister, Bernice Green of Altoona; and a brother, Richard E. Shields of Upper Marlboro, Md.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Pendleton; a son, Scott; a grandson, Emmanuelle Mateo; and a special nephew, Robbie Green.
Janet was a graduate of Altoona High School and Altoona School of Commerce. She retired in 1996 as an operator from Bell Telephone Co., Altoona, after 20 years of service. She attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a past member of Lady Violet Temple 260, Daughters of Elks, Altoona.
Janet was a No. 1 Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She never missed a game, “assisting the coaches, calling the plays and cheering them on to victory.” She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, including Momma Je’s baby, Kim “HeyHey” Corbett and Anita “Pooh Bear” Mateo.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Stevens Memorial Chapel by Pastor Robin Ross and Minister Constance Kemp. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park.
Janet M. Lawson
Janet M. “Momma Je'” Lawson, 79, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., formerly of Altoona, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Stevens Memorial Chapel. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s Mirror.