Janet A. Breckenridge of Jefferson Township, N.J., died on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at the Newton Medical Center. She was 80.
Daughter of the late James W. and Josephine (Schaefer) Breckenridge, she was born in Rutherford, N.J.
Janet was a graduate of Wayne High School in Wayne, N.J., and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from Trenton State College. She loved music and taught vocal and instrumental music in the Jefferson Township school system for over 35 years. Beside the responsibilities of full-time teaching, Janet was also heavily involved with her greater community during her more than 50 years of living in Jefferson Township. She was one of the original committee members of the Jefferson Arts Committee, which was founded in 1987. She was also an integral part of the Jefferson Community Players, a community theater group, The Jefferson Township Community Band, The Jefferson Township Community Chorus, The Jefferson Township Jazz Band (for which she played piano, French horn and tuba), the Jefferson Township Gazebo Committee and the accompanist and interim director of the Picatinny Chorus. Janet remained heavily involved with all of these up until this year.
Janet was also a longtime member of the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, and for many years was the church organist and music director. She also served on the church’s board for many years fulfilling most any role that needed filling, which included being a very effective head of church property for several terms. The devotion that she always showed to her church and church family will be greatly missed.
Janet is survived by a sister, Ruth, of Newton, N.J.: brother, John and his wife Judy, of Lancaster, Pa.; nephew, Scott of New York City; and niece, Wendy Nystrom of Downers Grove, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church at some future time due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial donation to Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 342 Oak Ridge Rd, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438. Arrangements were made by Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home in Newfoundland, N.J.