Janet L. Gildea, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 8 of a stroke at her Sherwood Forest home. She was 71.
Born Janet Washington Lee in Washington, she was a direct descendant of John Augustine Washington, George Washington's brother, and Richard Henry Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Raised in Kenwood, Montgomery County, she was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1957.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was a volunteer at the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.
She was a member and board member of the Sherwood Forest Club, and was a former member of the Baltimore Country Club, Hampton Mansion Garden Club and Woman's Club of Roland Park.
Mrs. Gildea was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of the Lees of Virginia.
She enjoyed visiting Stratford Hall and Mount Vernon, ancestral homes of the Lee and Washington families.
She was married for 19 years to William Perkins Gildea III, owner of Falconer Printing Co. He died in 1992.
She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, where services were held Monday.
Surviving are three sons, William Perkins Gildea IV of Sherwood Forest, Girard Lee Gildea of Reisterstown and David Kevin Gildea of Stevenson; a brother, Thomas G. Lee Jr. of Sherwood Forest; and four grandchildren.