1931 – 2018
N. Grosvenordale – Janice L. Bates, 87, of Fabyan Rd, transcended to a higher place on Friday October 19, 2018. Born in Putnam on February 9, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and Louise (Paul) Bates.
Jan spent her life learning, teaching, and enriching the lives of those around her. Following her service to her Country as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, she earned her Masters degree and spent almost three decades teaching seventh grade science, with the majority of her career at the Thompson Middle School. Her later years were spent living life to the fullest with her family and dear friends.
Jan is survived by her best friend and devoted partner of 45 years, Kathryn O’Rourke; her brother, John Bates and his wife; cousins, nieces, nephews, and their collective children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters, Virginia Swanson and Millicent Soderberg, and a brother Daniel Bates.
Funeral services are private and have been entrusted to the Valade Funeral Home & Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Janice’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.