Janice Stelmach, 66

Secretary, homemaker

April 13, 2008|By Nicole Fuller

Janice Marie Stelmach, a retired secretary who had beaten back cancer four times over a 23-year period, died of complications from liver cancer Monday at her home in Mount Airy. She was 66.

Janice Waltrup was born in Washington to Elizabeth Waltrup and Charles Waltrup. She graduated in 1959 from Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

She worked as a secretary for a shipping company and a paintbrush manufacturer before she married George Stelmach in 1963.

The couple lived in Virginia for a short time, then settled in Brooklyn Park, where they lived for 28 years.

Mrs. Stelmach was a stay-at-home mother for about two decades, raising the couple's four daughters.

In 1982, she began working as a secretary for Anne Arundel County public schools.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984 and had a mastectomy. In 1992, she had uterine cancer, and later kidney cancer. Three years ago, she developed colon cancer but recovered.

"She beat it every time," said her husband. "She was a tough woman."

She retired when she was 62, but then worked part time as a secretary for nearly two years at South Carroll High School.

She and her husband had lived in Mount Airy for the past eight years.

Services were Thursday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Mount Airy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Waltrup of Catonsville; a brother, Richard Waltrup of Westminster; her daughters, Jeannine Eddleton of Christiansburg, Va., Joanne Cotton of Chesapeake, Va., Carol Curley of Ellicott City and Jennifer Shively of Cape St. Claire; and 11 grandchildren.

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