Janet P. Charters

Janet P. Charters passed peacefully at home on October 2, 2021, and has moved on to be reunited with her beloved family, where she will spend all eternity with them and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born at home on May 13, 1935, to William and Zelma McMath of Lincoln Park, Michigan. 

Janet is preceded in death by her father William McMath, stepfather George McLane, and her mother Zelma McLane; two brothers Bill (Penny) McMath and Jim McMath, five sisters Dorothy (Bill) Heitman, Jean (Ervin) Schafer, Marge (Warren) Allman, Pauline (John) Kottan and Gail Carbonneau. Janet was also preceded in death by two former husbands, Edward Workman and Bob Charters.

Janet is survived by her three daughters and “sons”-in-law: Sherry (Kraig) Banks, Dawn (Gary) Goodwin, Kris (Jeff) Parks, five grandchildren: Linsey Bachman, Kyle (Desiree) Banks, Tonya (Tommy) O’Brien, April (Lee) Woods, and Cherie Parks. She leaves 14 great grandchildren and 1, soon to be 2, great-great grandsons, many nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Doreen McMath, and lifelong friends Bud and Marge Dellert, two grand-cats, Ollie and Tigger, and one grand-dog, Dixie.

Janet was born the 7th of 8 children into a large, close knit and happy family. They made a trip to Long Lake in Alpena every year, and that tradition continued to include grandchildren. Janet was a homemaker while her children were young and during those years she bowled on a league and was a member of a Pinochle club with her sisters and friends, who went on many annual trips to Las Vegas along with their mother. Later she worked at Great Lake Steel for 24 years until retiring in 1998. Janet enjoyed traveling, her and Bob went on trips to Aruba, Hawaii, Oklahoma and many family vacations with her daughters, sons-in-law, grandkids, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed any time spent with her kids and grandkids, birthday parties, boat rides and casino trips. She was wonderful, generous mom and grandma, always ready and eager to help if one of us was in a tight spot or even helps clear the land and help to build a house. Janet loved living in Tennessee, her new home, all her neighbors in the small condo community, warm evening rides in the Corvair with the top down, late evening trips to Dairy Queen… and first on her list of favorite things to do was eating out. “I’m buying!!!” she’d say and didn’t like it if she didn’t get her way. Seeing our neighbor Parker sing and dance in “his shows” at Country Tonight was a great pleasure for her too. 

Janet was an extremely generous, loving, caring woman and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, 32163 W. Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, MI 48134. Family and friends may gather at 1pm and the service will be held at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association

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  1. Ms. Janet certainly enriched our Tennessee neighborhood. I miss waving to her on the front porch or chatting when she was on an afternoon walk. May God comfort the family and fill your heart with special memories.

  2. Sherry Banks, Beautifully written in memory of a beautiful, kind woman, She will be missed🥲 so much. God Bless you Aunt Janet!!

    Rick Heitman

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