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Longtime clerk of courts remembered as kind and humorous person

Known by her friends and employees as a kind and caring boss and amusing individual, Janet Lane, Logan County’s Clerk of Courts during the 1970s and early 1980s, died Thursday at age 91.



“She was just a lovely lady and I very much enjoyed working for her,” said retired Clerk of Courts Dottie Tuttle, who remembers the day she was hired by Mrs. Lane.

“I started working for her the very first day she took office in January 1969,” Mrs. Tuttle said, recalling her interview process.

“I had seen in the Bellefontaine Examiner she had been elected as clerk and was going to take office. I was looking for a job and I went over to her home at West Mansfield to talk to her.

“We introduced ourselves and she interviewed me right there in her living room. I followed up and was fortunate she hired me,” Mrs. Tuttle said.

Mrs. Lane remained in the elected office until her retirement in February 1984 when Jean Stanford was named as her replacement. Ms. Stanford served two terms before Mrs. Tuttle took over.

“She was a wonderful boss. You couldn’t ask for a better person to work for,” said Martha Fout, who was hired in the early 1970s. “I appreciated it so much when she hired me in. I don’t know of a person that did not like her.”

According to a personality profile that appeared in the Examiner on Aug. 1, 1991, she enjoyed watching baseball, football and basketball, and if stranded on an island all she would need would be “a deck of cards and three people to play bridge with.”

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at West Mansfield United Methodist Church with calling hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home in West Mansfield.

Read the complete story in Friday's Bellefontaine Examiner.

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