Janet Ellis deGrouchy, nee Janet Lee Ellis, age 92, of Princeton, NJ passed away on April 22 of natural causes.
Janet was born in Trenton NJ eldest child of William John Ellis and Blanche Marie Law. She was raised on the grounds of Trenton State Hospital as her father was Commissioner of Institutions and Agencies in NJ. She graduated from George School in 1942, attended William Smith College, Ursinus College and graduated from Trenton State Teacher’s College in 1946, lettering in field hockey, basketball and tennis. After graduation she taught physical education in the Chevy Chase, Maryland school system and later was active in teaching tennis and in the foundation of the Princeton community tennis program. She was a ranked tennis player and longstanding member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She also was a life master bridge player. She belonged to the Colonial Dames, The Present Day Club and Springdale Golf Club. She was an extremely generous and beloved friend and a devoted dog lover.
Janet is survived by her husband Jack deGrouchy, her children Richard, David, Elizabeth and Andrew Tomlinson, Lisa Kincannon, Jan Hraska, Suzy deGrouchy, her grandchildren Sasha Pantel, Coleman and Sophia Bartels, Emily, Sam, Will, Drew, Chloe and Trevor Tomlinson, Zoe Hraska, Tommy and Georgeann Siller and great grandson Jacob Carl Pantel. She was preceded in death by her first husband William Barrington Tomlinson, her sister Mary Ellen Doll, brother John Ellis and son John Jay Tomlinson as well as many generations of dogs of all shapes and sizes.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday June 3 at 10:30 am at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing Township NJ 08628.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SAVE Princeton Animal Rescue, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558. www.save-animals.org
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