Georganna ‘Jan’ Bidlack

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Georganna “Jan” Bidlack of Geneva, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

She was born Feb. 2, 1925, near Bellefontaine, a daughter of the late George and Zylpha Schurr.

She also was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Bidlack, an optometrist in Geneva whom she married in 1948; and a brother, Dr. Karl Max Schurr.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, she taught home economics in Lewistown and also at Madison High School. She attended Lake Erie College to get her certification in art education, and taught art at the Geneva Area Elementary Schools, retiring in 1994.

During the 1950s, she was home service director of the Lake Shore Gas Company and was director and demonstrator of the Homemaker’s Program on WMC television in Memphis, Tenn., and Cooking with Jan on WEWS television in Cleveland. She held memberships in the Progressive Literary Club of Geneva, Lake Shore Artists, Friends of the Library and Geneva Retired Teachers. Her hobbies included painting, reading, writing and swimming. An active environmentalist, she frequently wrote letters to the editor and to legislators.

 Survivors include a son, Todd Bidlack of Gahanna; a daughter, Nancy (husband Fran) Bires of Sandy Lake, Pa.; grandchildren, Dan, Amy, Ann Kate and Benjamin; and a great-grandchild, Maria.

She lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Ashtabula Art Center in Ashtabula.

Donations may be made to the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th Street, Ashtabula OH 44004, in honor of her lifelong devotion to the arts; and to Stray Haven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Road, Greenville PA 16152, in honor of her profound love for all animals, especially her Chihuahua, Oliver.

 Arrangements were handled by Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory in Ashtabula.