SPRINGBORO – Janet Alesia Wallbaum Dersch, 48, of Springboro, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at St. Vincent Health Center. She was born in Latrobe, PA on January 18, 1962, daughter of the late Joseph W. and Marie Piper Wallbaum- Liebel; and the stepdaughter of the late Leonard C. Liebel.
Janet was a mother in every sense, providing her children with a completely inundated flow of love, support, and compassion. She taught them to work hard, to care, and to persevere in all of their pursuits. She gave them the courage and confidence to be better people and led by example. As a wife, she was Lloyd’s dearest companion and equal, sharing a bond that lasted over twenty-five years. He brought her bouquets of flowers during special occasions and diamonds to match her bright and unbreakable character. He worked to provide stability and safety for his family, giving her the ability to make Thanksgiving overwhelming, Christmas amazing, and summers warmly fulfilled.
She leaves behind a household that will never be the same again. It lacks her organizational, vigilant, and meticulous nature; it lacks her guardianship, conversations, and kisses at night; it lacks her gruff good mornings before work, witty remarks and laughter at the kitchen table, and her unswerving resourcefulness throughout the day; it lacks all that had made it whole. She loved her family unconditionally and participated in each member’s lives as much as possible. Her family will continue to love her, admire her, and miss her dearly, remembering every good memory with smiles and tears.
She worked in food service at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for many years, gaining close friends while routinely doing her job to the best of her abilities. At work, she was dedicated and efficient, earning respect and friendship from coworkers and students. At home, she was exactly the same, managing finances, domestic responsibilities, and meals with great dexterity and pride. In the community, she was socially committed. She was a Girl Scout leader, a leader for the local 4-H, a former Cussewago Elementary School PTO President, a union representative, a previous real estate agent, and an enthusiastic supporter of all her children’s extracurricular activities. A hobby farmer with Hayleigh, she snuck in as many pets as she could, but was especially fond of her own sweet Gizmo and her newly acquired pygmy goats. A graduate of Derry Area High School, Janet was also heavily involved in the FFA and was their president in 1980. She attended DuPage University in Illinois for horticulture and received a subsequent internship in Florida. She loved flowers and passed on her passion for plants to her daughters.
Survivors include her beloved husband of twenty-six years, Lloyd Scott Dersch; two sons, Bradleigh A. Dersch of Springboro and Aharon Scott Dersch of Springboro; two daughters, Chelsea J. Dersch of Springboro and Hayleigh A. P. Dersch of Springboro; her brother Mark Wallbaum and his wife Vicky of Blairsville, PA; and her sister Linda Reed and her husband Dean of Derry, PA. Survivors extend to her many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service will be held there on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Byron Gurnee officiating. Memorials may be made to the Family, c/o Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro PA 16412. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com. A private internment will follow at a later date where she will be laid to rest at Hope Cemetery in Cranesville, PA.