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Janet E (Green) Pankake

June 8, 1929 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 92)


Janet (Green, Gilbert) Pankake, 92 passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 after a brief illness.  She was a resident at Van Crest Assisted Living in Van Wert, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by husbands Junior Guy Gilbert, James Eldon Pankake, and son David Lee Gilbert.

She is survived by her children:  Danny (Sarah) Gilbert, Dennis (Deborah) Gilbert, Robin (Lew) Luftig, and daughter in law Lois Gilbert along with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Janet enjoyed achieving her LPN Degree and working in that field for over twenty years.  She also enjoyed her nieces and nephews but especially liked that she was the mother to Robin (author/speaker) and very proud of her three triplet sons (Danny, David, & Dennis) who graduated from Blue Creek High School and went on to become pastors each earning their Masters in Religious Studies.  A special thank you to the staff at Van Crest Manor and Health Care Center, Jerry Youtsey, Suzanne Harris, and for mom’s faithful home church, First Baptist Church in Van Wert, Ohio for the help, cards, and visits they provided during her stay at Van Crest.

A funeral service will be held in her honor at the Cowan & Son Funeral Home at 616 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 11am with visitation from 10:00 – 10:45am.  Burial will take place at Blue Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers charitable contributions can be directed to the First Baptist Church of Van Wert, Ohio.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at, Tribute Wall.

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Funeral Service
January 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 South Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

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