Meadville Tribune

November 15, 2012

Janet E. Shorts Parsley

Meadville Tribune

TOWNVILLE — Janet E. Shorts Parsley, 49, resident of Townville, went to meet Jesus and to be reunited with her parents on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, surrounded by her family and the incredibly caring hands of Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie.

Born Oct. 5, 1963, in Meadville, Janet was a daughter of the late William J. Shorts and Donna M. Burge Shorts. On Nov. 1, 2008, she married Roger A. Parsley and he survives.

A 1982 graduate of Maplewood High School, Janet was very involved in the choir and received the National Choral Award in her senior year of high school. She enjoyed playing games (especially Yahtzee) with her daughter, Laurie, and loved to sing with her as well. She absolutely loved to cook and she worked as a cook at Ponderosa, Long John Silvers and most recently at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community, Meadville. When she was younger, Janet also worked as a bartender at Butch’s Pub, Townville, where she played on the men’s pool team.

Janet was a member of Blooming Valley United Methodist Church and was active there singing in their Praise Team, which she loved very much. Her favorite animal was a dolphin and she acquired an impressive collection of knick-knacks. Janet was very proud of her daughter and taught her how to love, care and be compassionate for other people.

In addition to her husband, Roger, survivors include a daughter, Laurie Mae Shorts of Townville; a sister, Debra Thomas and her husband, Randy, of Saegertown; two brothers, William (Rick) Shorts and his wife, Arlene, of Townville, and Ronald Shorts and his wife, Nancy, of Eastlake, Ohio; Rick and Ron’s mother, Bonnie Shorts Waid and her husband, David, of Townville; and an uncle, Russell Burge and his wife, Judith, of Cambridge Springs. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews; cousins; all of her “band kids”; and two very best friends, Lori Copeland and Linda Seeley.

Janet is preceded in death by her father, William Jefferson Shorts; her mother, Donna Mae Burge Shorts; and an infant brother, Thomas Jefferson Shorts. Included are her maternal and paternal grandparents; and also a special friend, Audrey Shoemaker, who was her manager at Wesbury.

Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be at Blooming Valley United Methodist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Beverly Spore, pastor of the church, officiating.

Interment will follow at Blooming Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. To send condolences, please visit