Janet N. Bristol

Janet Nancy Bristol, 89, formerly of Saranac Lake, died peacefully Wednesday, July 17, 2013 with family and her new friends at the Van Renesseler Manor in Troy.

Janet had moved to Troy in 2012 to live with Laurie and her family, prior to moving to the Manor.

Born in Brasher Falls on Nov. 20, 1923, she was the daughter of William and Jennie (Clark) Butler. Janet married Ralph Bristol June 29, 1943 in Syracuse. He predeceased her on Dec. 1, 1998. Her beloved brother, Donald Clarke Butler of Utah predeceased her on Feb. 24, 2013.

Janet worked in Reynolds Metals, tri-cities Alabama in 1943 to 1944. She later moved to Syracuse and then to Saranac Lake in 1946. She enjoyed traveling, particularly in the Western States, visiting her brother and his wife in Salt Lake City, Utah. She helped her husband open the Adirondack Gem and Rock Shop in Saranac Lake in 1961 and operated it until 2009. She was an avid reader, a Girl Scout leader in the 1960s and active in the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake. Janet collected gems and minerals, and welcomed many people to visit the Gem and Rock shop. She was blessed with many dear friends in Saranac Lake, and she loved to share her many stories of all the good times she spent with them laughing, dancing, joking and card playing for a nickel.

She is survived by three daughters: Nancy Bristol of Watervliet, Kathleen Bristol of Keene Valley and Laurie Harper of Troy; and one son-in-law, Kevin Harper of Troy; five grandchildren: Jason Bristol, Danielle O’Rourke and Stephen, Derrick and Diahann Harper; six great-grandchildren: Cheyne Bristol , Devon Bristol, Alaia Harper, Quincy Harper, Hudson Bristol and Declan O’Rourke.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday July 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake with the Rev. Joanne White officiating. Burial will follow in Harrietstown Cemetery outside Saranac Lake.

Friends wishing to remember Janet Nancy Bristol may make memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake or Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY 12144 in care of the funeral home.

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