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Janice Minerva (Polen) Harper

1939 - 2021



Janice Minerva (Polen) Harper

    Janice Minerva (Polen) Harper, 81, of Chillicothe, passed away March 17, 2021 after an extended struggle with complications due to COVID-19. She was born July 26, 1939 in Ross County, Ohio to the late Frederick B. Polen and Helen F. (Wood) Polen, who survives. She was a devoted wife to the late James M. Keeton Sr.  She is survived by two children from her first marriage to the late Ronald Harper, son, Steven (Laurie) Harper, of Dayton, and daughter, Angela Acquista, of New Albany; four grandchildren, Eric (Madeline) and Carol (Adam) Schwiebert and Andrea (Trevor) Carroll and Adam Acquista; a brother, John A. Polen (Audrey) and nephew, Victor Polen.

    In addition to her father and husbands, Jan was preceded in death by her nephew, Joseph Polen.

    Jan graduated from Southeastern High School and proudly attended the many reunions of her classmates.  Her career began as a medical receptionist and her administrative career led her to the Welfare Department, Rubbermaid, the Veterans Administration and the Ross County Correctional Institute where she retired as an executive secretary.  Jan also helped with the administrative functions of the family owned Harper TV & Appliance business.

    Jan attended church regularly and shared her faith journey with family and friends. She was and active volunteer in the community and contributed much of her time to the SALT Council.  She loved to socialize with her friends and often went to dances at local senior centers.  Jan leaves behind many friends who will miss her.

    Private funeral services will be held at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe. A public celebration of life will be held in Jan’s honor this summer and will be announced on the funeral home’s website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jan's honor to Southeastern High School (2003 Lancaster Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601). Condolences and floral gifts can be made on Jan’s online guest registry at www.hillfhkingston.com.


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2003 Lancaster Road, Chillicothe OH 45601
Tel: 1-740-774-2003

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Denise Polen and family

March 20, 2021 7:46 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Denise Polen and family

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March 23, 2021 9:24 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you
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Victor and Rebecca

March 21, 2021 7:28 PM

Rebecca and I want to send our condolences to Steve and Angie’s Families for their loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Debra J Newman

March 21, 2021 10:51 AM

Jan has been one of my best friends for over 30 years, since we worked at RCI. She was such a good friend to me and I certainly will miss her. She always made me laugh and had a smile on her face. She was an uplifting person to be around. In 1990 we went to Hawaii together and that was one of the most fun trips I have ever had. RIP Jan, I will remember our good times forever.

Mindy Derreberry

March 20, 2021 3:04 PM

Spent the past several months trying to track down the whereabouts of Jan since she had been sick and my father Charles and I hadn’t been able to make contact with her. We were relieved to make contact with her just last week and my father was so relieved to be able to once again speak to her and get caught up, we of course were hoping for her to come home. Even though Jan and my father had been divorced for a few years they remained very close friends and often Charlie’s continued to help around the house, and fix things that needed fixing. I treasure the years I was blessed to have Jan as my mother in my life and in the lives of my children as they were very young 2-3 at the the time. They loved there Nana Jan she taught them patience when learning to tie there shoes , and they loved the large bath tub....we called the pool..!! The most memorable road trip of my life was with Jan riding with me and My Mother Kay and Aunt Kathy from OH to AZ stopping to visit National Parks and National Monuments along the way. Wearing sports bras because the a/c coolant went out on the Lincoln Town Car and we were dying in the Heat..! She was there by my side when I got married to Allyn who is still my best friends all these years later....Thank you Mom for all the love ❤️ you showed me and my children and most of all my father Charles Derreberry WE ALl Love ❤️ YOU And MISS YOU 😢 DEARLY

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