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Janet Ruth Morton (McSherry)

Published: April 2, 2014 4:00 AM

Janet Ruth Morton (McSherry) died unexpectedly Sunday morning in her home. Janet was the second child and only daughter of Ruth McSherry (Wiant) and Rodney Oblinger McSherry of Kent, OH. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and older brother, Rodney Olbinger McSherry, Jr.

Janet was the wife of COL (Ret) Gregory Vance Morton and the Mother of two daughters, Julie McSherry Kovac (Christian) and Nancy Ruth Hitch (Tyler). Janet was most proud of her two daughters achievements in life - Julie as a thoughtful and caring Registered Nurse in Sarasota, FL and Nancy as a beloved teacher of Fourth grade students in Selbyville, DE.

Janet Ruth 

Janet and Greg were married in June of 1968, just after graduation from The Defiance College in Defiance, OH. Greg entered the Army shortly thereafter embarking on a career of almost 30 years. Over the years Janet turned 29 different houses into loving homes for the family and was an active volunteer in numerous local charities and support groups throughout her years as a proud Army wife. During her life she was honored in many ways for her service to soldiers and their families including the "Molly Pitcher" award which recognizes individuals who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Field Artillery Community.

Janet and Greg have resided in Bradenton, FL in the most caring and friendly neighborhood of Rosedale for over 13 years. This year she passed a milestone in that she had by 2014 lived in the same house longer than anywhere else in her life.

In addition to her loving husband Greg, Janet is survived by both daughters and their families, Mrs. Christian Kovac (Julie) and Mrs. Tyler Hitch (Nancy) and three Grandchildren, Rebecca McSherry Kovac, Julie's daughter and Nancy's daughters, Sydney Rose Hitch and Kelly Ann Hitch.

Janet is also survived by her Uncle Dale Wiant of St. Clairsville, OH, Cousin Walter McSherry of Kent, OH and Cousin Ted Kuckuck of Indiana, PA.; and Cousin Barbara Cox of Kent, OH. Additionally she will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and members of the extended Morton family.

A local celebration of Janet's life will be held on Thursday at First Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, FL.

In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make a contribution to The Defiance College, 701 North Clinton St, Defiance, OH - Janet Morton Memorial Fund. Janet will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

The family expresses our sincere appreciation to Dr. Laura Hershorin and her staff for the caring and compassionate care they provided Janet over the last several years as she bravely and repeatedly battled numerous health issues.

Last, we have faith, that as she passed from this life, her beloved family was there to lead her on the the next phase of her journey.

(RC 4-2, 4-3, 4-4)

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dah Apr 8, 2014 7:12 PM


I know I offered my condolences when we spoke last week but I’d like to offer a bit more.  You and Janet first welcomed me and my family into your home in 1981 at Stewart; long and valued friendships began then.   Since that time we’ve gotten together in Virginia and Florida and I felt, in 1987, that your house on the outskirts of Heidelberg was for a time my home away from home.  You, Janet, Julie and Nancy all have graciously extended warm welcomes to me in many ways and times.   I thank you for your friendship and I will remember Janet as the loving and kind person she was.

Dave Horan

Pixie Apr 6, 2014 5:11 AM

Dear Greg,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Janet's passing.  I was looking forward to seeing her at Reunion; it has been too long since I've seen her or you.  I am confident that Janet is a place that is peaceful and that she's resting in the arms of God.  I know the days ahead will be challenging; I'm thinking of you.

Susan Fackler Sykes

Lawrence Apr 3, 2014 5:32 PM

Greg, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  You and Janet had a profound effect on this young, immature officer that helped me grow into an old, immaature officer.  Janet was always so sweet and understanding.  Our time together in Grevebroich and Buren remain cherished memories.  I'm so sorry that we didn't get to re-unite beofre her passing.  She will be missed.

Larry Brown

geanie Apr 2, 2014 9:27 PM


Our prayers are with you and the family as you go through the coming days. Remember what a wonderful wife, mother and friend she was and know that she was welcomed into Heaven with open arms. All who loved her will miss her always.

John and Geanie

conita Apr 2, 2014 3:24 PM

Dearest Greg, Julie and Nancy...Words cannot express our deepest sympathy. We are truly heartbroken and sad.  Some of our greatest memories came from Ft. Polk, LA when we were living next door to each other.  So many times Janet and I leaned on each other for comfort as all Army wives do.  Janet was a model Army wife and a loving and caring Mother and Grandmother.  Rest in peace our dear Janet.


David and Connie Cole


gedman Apr 2, 2014 3:12 PM

My deepest sympathy to Greg and family.

Gail Friend

mtrent1976 Apr 2, 2014 12:41 PM

She really was an amazing woman.  Really more like a second mom to me.  Nancy and I had such a special friendship and so both of our moms became like second moms to us.  I remember a day when I heard some horrible news and I ran over to the Morton house to tell Nancy.  I was so upset, really hysterical.  Nancy wasn't there but Mrs. Morton pulled me into the house and talked to me for hours while I cried.  That's just how she was.  She knew when to listen and  what to say when it needed to be said. Sadly, I know how hard it is to lose your mom suddenly and my heart hurts for all of you.  Nancy, Julie, and Mr. Morton are extended family and I love you all.



BobMcCoy Apr 2, 2014 11:33 AM


I am so very sorry. Jan was a truly wonderful person. She will be missed.


MikeandPeg Apr 2, 2014 9:54 AM

Greg-our deepest condolences.  Our prayers go out  to you and your family.