Janice Martz



On March 29, 2018, Janice Martz went to be with the Lord, after a four-month battle with cancer.

Born on October 4, 1928 in Sayre, PA, Janice was the third of five children born to Lester C. and Florence Evans Warner. Her father worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the primary employer in Sayre. Her mother owned and operated a grocery store, laundromat, and school bus route at different times throughout Janice’s childhood and young adult years, and Janice was often required to assist with the family businesses.

Janice graduated from Sayre High School in 1946, then went on to college at Indiana State College in Indiana, PA. After one year she returned home and enrolled in Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, PA. There she met her future husband John “Jack” Martz, who was newly discharged from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They left college to work at the family business in Sayre, where their daughter Nancy was born in 1949 and daughter Linda was born in 1950. In September 1950, Janice and Jack moved to New Jersey in order to find steady employment, and they bought a home in Edison, NJ. Jack began working at Ford Motor Company, Metuchen, NJ in 1952 and continued employment there until his retirement in 1982. In 1958, Janice began working for Revlon, Inc. in their cosmetics production facility in Edison. She worked her way up to supervisor in what was largely a male-dominated supervisory workforce, and she was proud of the 25 years she was employed by Revlon, retiring in 1983.

In their retirement, Janice and Jack enjoyed attending local high school football games and American Legion baseball games. They traveled around the US, made family visits to PA, TX, and FL each year, visited Las Vegas several times each year, and during the late 70’s to mid-80’s they attended at least seven Super Bowl games.

When Jack passed away in 1994, Janice continued living in the same house in Edison, NJ. After more than 53 years, in March 2004 she moved to Sun City, along with her daughter Nancy and son-in-law Gene. She enjoyed the independence of living in her own home, driving her car, and frequenting local luncheon spots. A regular spot was the Clubhouse at Okatie Creek in Sun City, where “Miss Janice” had her favorite booth and staff kept her coffee cup filled. She was a long-time member of the Sun City Bible Study Club and the Cornerstone Church, where she enjoyed attended her adult Sunday School class. Janice spent her time doing crossword puzzles and reading romance novels, which she borrowed regularly from the Sun City Book Exchange.

Janice was predeceased by her husband; her parents; brothers Lester “Bud” Warner and Ronald “Bruce” Warner; and sister Jean Meece. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Gene Horkay of Bluffton; daughter Linda Monastero of Destin, FL; sister Joanne Luker of Odessa, TX; grandchildren Joey (Penny) Monastero of Gold Bar, WA; Sheryl Monastero of Daphne, AL; Lt. Col. Michael (Kathy) Horkay of Stuttgart, Germany; and Robert (Mickey) Horkay of Pleasant Hill, MO; five great-grandchildren; and fifteen nieces and nephews.

The family expresses special thanks to Barbara Barrett, Desi and Jackie DeSimone, the staff of NHC-Bluffton, and Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. A celebration of Janice’s life will be held on May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Bluffton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cornerstone Church, P.O. Box 2540, Bluffton, SC 29910. Janice will be buried in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick, NJ, next to her husband Jack. Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton is assisting the family with arrangements.