Janet Mance PhD

Janet "POTTINGER" Mance PhD


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Dundee: Janet was born in Elmira, NY on March 15, 1931 and died in Rochester, NY, on June 5, 2015. Janet is preceded by her husband, Lt. Col. James E. Mance; and her daughter, Sharon (Mance) Yohe. Janet is survived by her son, Kenneth (Linda) Mance, son-in-law, Robert Yohe; sister, Florence Landon; grandchildren, Angela (Joseph) Ruta, Kelly (Chris) Bonanno, Tami (Edward) Mascadri, Chris (Terri) Yohe, and Amy Phillips; her great-grandchildren, Alexander, Anthony, Alivia, Ava, Jackson, Madalyn, Maria, Giovanni, and Daniel; many nieces and nephews, including nephew Ron Landon, niece Brenda Reckart, and great nephew, Cody Reckart; special friends, Jerry & Sue Lang and Catheryn Welch, & many other friends and family.

Janet was a graduate of Elmira College and Yale University. Through her work as an Educator and then her work with Governor Mario Cuomo in the 1970's and 80's, Janet made it her lifelong commitment to improve the field of nursing and strove to ensure nursing was respected as a true profession. In 2010, Janet received the Yale School of Nursing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Education and Legislation. Janet was Director of Nursing at Highland Hospital and Asst. Director of Nursing and Instructor at The University of Rochester before going to work as the Director of the NYS Nurses Association Legislative Program where she would retire.

Janet joined Keuka College in 1991 as an Adjunct Professor and then Interim Chair of the Division of Nursing and Nursing Program Administrator. Keuka College awarded Janet an honorary Doctorate in 2010.

Janet also served as the President and as a Trustee for the Foundation of New York State Nurses Association and member of the New York State and Genesee Valley Nurses Associations.

Janet was dedicated to the profession of nursing and published several articles on nursing. She loved the opera and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera.

Thank you to the dedicated caregivers and many friends at Fleming Point in Greece, NY.

Friends are invited to call Tuesday, 4-7 PM at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., where a Service will be held Wednesday, 10 AM. Interment will be held in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to Foundation of NYS Nurses Assoc., Wounded Warriors, or Yates Co. Humane Society in Janet's memory.