Janet M. Krumm

Newsletter founder

June 21, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Janet M. Krumm, a homemaker who established and edited a newsletter for families who had members with disabilities, died Wednesday of intestinal cancer at her Dover, N.H., home. The former Baltimore resident was 57.

Janet M. Oleksik was born in Baltimore and raised on Curley Street. She was a 1968 graduate of Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, N.Y.

Mrs. Krumm earned a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1972. She also studied for a master's degree at Coppin State College, now Coppin State University.

She also studied Catholic biblical history at Mount St. Benedict's Priory in Cookston, Minn.

In 1975, she married John M. Krumm, an Air Force captain, and the couple lived in Washington and North Dakota. Since 1990, they had lived in Dover.

After her son, Joseph B. Krumm, was born in 1985 with Down syndrome, Mrs. Krumm wanted to help families who were in a similar situation.

In 1986, she established The New Hampshire Challenge, According to the quarterly newsletter's Web site, the purpose of the publication is disseminating in-depth "information on disability issues from a family perspective."

In its online mission statement, Mrs. Krumm had written that the quarterly was "founded by a parent of a child with a disability who knew firsthand the importance of reliable, in-depth information in making good decisions for her son and family."

The New Hampshire Challenge reached 11,000 families in New England and also had a worldwide readership through its online edition.

"This was typical of Janet. She always wanted to help people, and the newsletter was her passion," said a sister-in-law, Barbara Oleksik of Westminster.

A Roman Catholic, Mrs. Krumm was a lay member of the Society of Mary and helped plan family retreats at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center in Alfred, Maine.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed landscape photography. She also liked visiting New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Mrs. Krumm was a former communicant of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6736 Youngstown Ave., Dundalk, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by two daughters, Catherine R. Krumm and Mary C. Krumm, both of Dover; her mother, Doris G. Oleksik of Baltimore; three brothers, Mark Oleksik of Denver, David Oleksik of Westminster and Lon Oleksik of Baltimore; and a sister, Karen Halpin of Virginia Beach, Va.

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