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Janet (Jahn) Titus, 75, of Washington Street, Ayer, passed away on November 5, 2010 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Cambridge. She was born in Ayer on March 3, 1935, daughter of the late Frederick and Helen (Savage) Jahn. She grew up in Ayer and was a graduate of Oak Grove-Colburn in Vasselboro, ME in 1954. She began her training in nursing at Simon’s College in Boston and later received her RN from Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, where she was Class President in 1959. She then went on to obtain her BS in nursing from Boston University in 1961. She later became a lifetime participant in Harvard Medical School’s meritorious longitudinal ‘Nurses’ Health Study,’ since it’s inception.

She was a practicing registered nurse in various capacities and at various facilities during her , in addition to spending many years raising her family of five children.

Mrs. Titus was from a long legacy of families from Groton/Ayer, MA and Kennebunkport, ME and she was a lifeguard at Goose Rocks Beach in the 1950s. She loved the sea and she was an avid boater and swimmer. She was a practicing nurse in various capacities during her life and an advocate for better geriatric care, in addition to spending many years raising her family. Her great-grandfather was, John Henry Turner from Groton, the founder of “Turner’s Public Spirit.” She was also a descendant of George Brown who was a Postmaster in Groton under President Lincoln’s administration.

Janet was a life long congregant of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer, was a woman of strong faith and was devoted to Jesus and Mother Teresa. It should be noted that she passed away on “All Saint’s week.” Throughout her life, she was presented with some of the most extreme medical challenges that any human being might face, but she survived, persevered, and endured them all – thanks to her devout faith, unfailing fortitude. and love to her family

Her survivors include her husband Clarence of Ayer; her children Douglas and his wife Li of Santa Cruz CA, Michael of Groton, Stephen of NYC, Groton and Ayer, James and his wife Nicole of Medford, and Marion and her husband Mario of Ayer. her sister, Nancy Hartley, of Newcastle, ME and her grandchildren, Oliver, Emma, and Sanna.

She was, deeply, indebted and had tremendous gratitude for Drs. Roy Menninger, Peter Black and Julian Seifter of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. They regard her, highly, and refer to her as a “miraculously strong woman who embodied love.” She was also close to the Hopkins family of Ayer and Dr. Helen Soule of ME.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer on Nov. 19, 2010 at 11:30AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be graciously made in her memory to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (please specify, Trauma/Emergency and/or Peter Bent Brigham SON Alumni Association), Friends of Harvard Medical Fund at the Harvard Medical School, and/or Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer, MA.

The family will miss her greatly with heavy hearts, but we know she is at peace with her friends, including her mother, Mother Teresa and Jesus.”Grace and peace from G*D [Titus 1: 4].”