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Janice Maria Ann (Lew) Pursel, 60, of Bloomsburg, recently passed away at her home. On the wings of angels, she is now joyously reunited with her beloved mother, Grace, her loving and devoted husband/soulmate, Robert, and her much adored cats, General and Ebony. Janice was a resident of her home in Bloomsburg for more than 30 years and was formerly of Manhattan N.Y.

Janice was born on Saturday, May 18, 1957, in Washington, DC, a daughter of the late Young O. and Grace Massey (Cherry) Lew.

She graduated from Mother Cabrini High School, Manhattan in 1975. She expanded her education by attending New York City College of Technology and graduated with an associate's degree in accounting in 1977.

On July 28, 1984, Janice married her loving husband, Robert H. Pursel.

For more than 20 years, Janice was employed by Toys R Us Corporation as a shift supervisor until her retirement in 2006. She was very proud of her recent affiliation as a consultant for doTerra products. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Selinsgrove.

Janice enjoyed spending her time raising and caring for cats. She enjoyed belly dancing, practicing Reiki and reflexology and provided therapeutic massage for people and animals. She participated in yoga and enjoyed shopping. She was an avid collector of Barbie dolls, teapots and anything related to cats.

Although Janice was the last surviving member of her immediate family, she leaves behind a number of loyal and devoted friends, whom she regarded as family. They include her lifelong friend, Grace Angelo and her husband, Ken, of Cortlandt Manor N.Y., and their daughters, Carolyn and Alyson; Darby and Tom McDonnell, of Bloomsburg; WillaFae BaskinDanley, of Montoursville; Laura McCarty, of Orangeville and Charlie Knapp, of Bloomsburg.

Funeral services will held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 129 N. Market St., Selinsgrove, with her pastor, Rev. Canon Paul C. Donecker officiating.

Graveside committal services will be held at 3 p.m. in the Millville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Janice's name are suggested to: Evy's Cherished Cats c/o Allen Funeral Home, Inc., 745 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815. For friends and family wishing to send a memorial gift, share a personal memory or offer condolences to the family, a memorial tribute page in Janice's honor and a sympathy store are available at www.AllenFuneralHome.com.

The Allen Funeral Home, Inc., is honored to be serving the Pursel family.
Published on July 19, 2017
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