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Janice E. Rudinger
Janice Edith Rudinger (nee Weaver) of Emmaus, PA., beloved teacher, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Dec. 10 after a short illness. She was 100. Known as “Mrs. R” to generations of students, she earned bachelor and master of arts degrees from Montclair State College and taught English at schools throughout her home state of New Jersey. Her guiding principle was to “leave the earth a better place than you found it.” Blessed with generosity of spirit and unfailing honesty, her passions included classical music, crocheting and knitting, wildlife and equal rights for all. After she retired, she and her husband, the late Albert Franklin Rudinger, lived for many years in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she was a member of the Greater Pinellas Music Teachers Association. Most recently Janice lived with her daughter and family in Emmaus.
She is survived by her daughter, Ardith M. Hilliard, a granddaughter, Jessica M. Stach, a step granddaughter, Dana Abadal, and three great grandchildren: Thomas, Brian and Laura.
Donations may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org), the National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org) or SPCA Tampa Bay (www.spcatampabay.org).
The family will hold a memorial in the spring, when Janice’s cherished flowers are in bloom. Arrangements are by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown.