1936 – 2021
Eastford – Janet (Neu) Windecker, 84, of Eastford, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021. The family is grateful Janet was able to spend her last few days at her beloved home in Eastford. Janet had beautifully landscaped the property and loved her time maintaining the flower beds and the koi pond. Her home was the center of countless family events which provided lifelong memories for all. Janet and her husband Ed Windecker Sr. had been together for sixty-eight (68) years, sharing their mutual love of family, nature and food. Janet was born in Palisades Park, N.J., to immigrants Karl (Germany) and Dorothy (Larson)(Sweden) Neu. From her parents, Janet gained a deep sense of honesty, incredible work ethic and from her father, an unwavering stoicism. Janet’s parents also instilled in her a lifelong commitment to Lutheranism.
Janet was innately intelligent and excelled in two careers, working first for John Hancock and then for People’s Bank. She was perfectly suited for both industries, as she was meticulous and precise in all she did.
As a mother, Janet was incredibly loved and respected. She successfully raised four children, Edward (Wendy); Diane (Greg); Kathryn (Nick) and John. Janet is also survived by her brother, Doug Neu of Michigan and sister, Mildred Rockford of New Jersey, while her brother Ronnie Neu, predeceased her. In addition, she was adored by, and loved, her eight (8) incredible grandchildren and eleven (11) great-grandchildren.
Janet was creative. When she was younger she mastered ceramics, even having her own kiln. She created beautiful artifacts, ranging from lamps depicting current movies (ET with a glowing finger) to irreplaceable hand-painted ornaments representing each year of each grandchild’s life. Later in life she took on needlepoint, applying her patience and creativity to make wonderful outdoor scenes.
In addition, Janet developed a great sense of humor. For example, she handled the finances, and in the early years her husband Ed (known for his frugality) would ask what certain things cost. She knew he would get unnecessarily concerned or complain, so she would say “five dollars.” Ed eventually understood that he had better not question Janet when it came to money. The “five dollars” quote has become a family joke. Whenever anyone asks what something costs, if the responses is “five dollars,” they know they shouldn’t have asked.
In recent years Janet enjoyed sitting with Ed, watching her beloved Yankees, UCONN girls’ basketball and anything to do with Tom Brady.
Services for Janet will be private and have been entrusted to Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes and Crematory.