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Janet Nellis Mendler

October 19, 1945 April 26, 2021
Janet Nellis Mendler
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Obituary for Janet Nellis Mendler

Janet was born Oct. 19,1945 in Detroit to John J. and Joyce Bayonne Nellis and died April 26, 2021.

She graduated from Dearborn High School in 1963 and earned a BA degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Michigan (U-M). Janet loved journalism. You could find her seven days a week at her "hobby office" in Howell, working on behalf of the many organizations that were part of Janet's life. She taught journalism in the Livonia Public Schools, worked for The Marquette Mining Journal, The Dearborn Guide and The Ann Arbor News. A U-M Center for the Education of Women internship led to a 20-year career at the News Service, where Janet directed state media relations. She passionately believed in sharing knowledge and encouraging future journalists, and kept in touch with former students and interns. Janet was devoted to the Michigan Press Association, Michigan Press Association Foundation, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Central Michigan University’s Journalism Hall of Fame. She served several terms on the Historical Society of Michigan board, which provided opportunities to travel to numerous historic locations.

She is survived by her husband John; nephews Kevin (Nancy) Koehler, Eric (Diane) Koehler, Michael (Elizabeth) Nellis and Rob Nellis; nieces Kristin (Andy) Graves, Julie Nellis and Scout Nellis; many great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Nancy Abramson. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy and brother Jim and a great nephew.

Memorial service plans pending. Donations in Janet's name can be made to the Michigan Press Association Foundation, 827 N. Washington Ave., Lansing MI 48906.

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827 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
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