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Janice Camille Killmar

March 19, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Janice Camille Killmar, nee Hannish, 78, loving wife and mother, died March 4, 2012, from complications of a heart attack in Fort Pierce, Fla.

She was the cherished wife of John Killmar; loving mother of Ray (Julie) Cameron, Camille (Greg) McGovern and Scott (Mary Lou) Cameron; caring stepmother of John (Jeri) Killmar, Jay Killmar and Sandy (Mike) Archambeau; proud grandmother of Megan (Chris), Erica, Greg, Brian (Kristin), Jessica, Caroline, Thomas, Angela, Logan, Alison, Hunter, Annie and Scott.

Janice was an affectionate niece and the fond aunt of several generations of nieces and nephews.

The younger child of Ray and Lillian Harnish and the sister of Joyce Penegor (the late William), she was born in Ontonagon in 1933. She graduated from the Ontonagon High School in 1951 and participated in the Queen of the North pageant.

She married the late Edward Cameron in 1954 and moved to Milwaukee. They raised their three children in Whitefish Bay, Wis. Janice also attended beauty school in order to become a beautician.

An avid golfer, Janice spent much time with friends and family on the golf course. It was there she met John Killmar in 1974. The two married in 1977 and settled in Houghton. In 1984, Janice became a grandmother for the first time and traveled near and far in order to meet her new grandbabies.

In 1991, the pair purchased a home in Florida and became snowbirds. Janice was happy to be able to play golf year-round and enjoy retirement.

Janice was a woman of many talents. Known as Star to those on the golf course, she was an outstanding golfer. Janice had two holes-in-one and was both Wyandotte Hills and Portage Lake ladies' club champion.

Her pies and pastries were legendary and several beds are adorned with her handmade quilts. Writing poems and knitting were some of her favorite pasttimes. She always enjoyed a party with friends and family and was able to attend a few family weddings in the past year.

Janice had a knack for making friends and keeping them forever. She was generous, social, active, creative and loving. She understood what was important in life. She had many talents, but the one she was most proud of was being a mother and grandmother.

Her funeral will be in May. Arrangements are being handled by the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock.

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