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Janet M. (Blackford) Holloway

January 5, 1931 ~ May 1, 2022 (age 91)


Janet Holloway, 91, passed away on May 1, 2022.  She was born January 5, 1931, in Russell, Ohio to the late Joseph and Evelyn (Bestor) Blackford and grew up on the family farm in Parkman. She was a member of Manchester United Methodist Church where she served as parish nurse and coordinator for Faith in Action Inter-Faith Caregivers. She also started an after-school Kid’s Club ministry.


Janet began her nursing training at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren in 1943; she was hired as a head nurse in the polio unit at Akron Children’s Hospital in 1952 and retired in 1994 as a Senior Instructor in their division of Nursing Education where she taught pediatric care to aspiring nursing students. She also advised for the Explorer Scout program at Children’s.

Holloway was among a group of Children’s Hospital employees that started the clown group “Just Kids”.  As “Pockets” the clown, Janet made monthly visits to the hospital to entertain and distract the little ones and their parents.


Janet was recognized with the Summit-Portage Chapter of the Ohio Nurses Association’s Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award in 1991. She served on the ONA’s Human Rights Committee and its State Legislative Committee, where health care bills were reviewed to establish the ONA’s position on related legislation.


Janet was married to Arthur E. Holloway in 1953 on the CBS live reality TV program "Bride and Groom" in New York City.


Janet was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Arthur E. Holloway; brothers Harold and Roy; and sister Lucile Thompson.  She is survived by sons, Brian (Jane) and Craig (Judy) Holloway; grandsons, Luke (Kristan), Jacob, Adam (Carla), Cameron (Abigail), and Connor (Mary); great-granddaughters, Kaelin, Kyah, Keave, and Greylyn; great-grandson, Elton; sister-in-law, Joyce (Bill) Spencer; caregiver and friend Teresa Perrot.


A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44319 with Pastor Craig D’Anniballe officiating.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 11 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Inurnment will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made in Janet’s name to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 23215 Commerce Park, STE 300, Beachwood, Ohio 44122, or to the Akron Children's Hospital Foundation, One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44398-6176. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at


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Memorial Contributions:

Alzheimer's Association
Greater East Ohio Area Chapter   

23215 Commerce Park, STE 300   
Beachwood, Ohio 44122   


Akron Children's Hospital Foundation   
One Perkins Square   
Akron, Ohio 44398-6176


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May 14, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

Memorial Service
June 4, 2022

1:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319
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Inurnment Following Services
June 4, 2022

Lakewood Cemetery
1080 Waterloo Rd.
Akron, OH 44314


Alzheimer's Association - Greater East Ohio Area Chapter
23215 Commerce Park, STE 300, Beachwood OH 44122

Akron Children's Hospital Foundation
One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44398,

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