Janet T. Sellers
Janet T. Sellers loved anything she could do outdoors, from gardening, swimming, kayaking, water-skiing, and whitewater rafting in the warmer months to horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and ice-skating in the cooler ones. “You name it, she tried it,” her family wrote.
Mrs. Sellers, who lived in Springs for many years but who had since moved to Cape Coral, Fla., died on Aug. 25 in Cape Coral. She was 81 and had been in declining health since a stroke four years ago.
A service was held on Sept. 5 at the Springs Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Sellers was buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Born on June 2, 1937, in Far Rockaway, Queens, to Henry Arthur Charlton and the former Dorothy Elizabeth Jennings, she grew up there, and as a child often visited Springs, where her parents had a house on Gerard Drive.
She graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in Nassau County in 1956, and earned an associate’s degree in applied science from New York City Community College in 1958.
Fresh out of school, Mrs. Sellers worked as a laboratory technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Far Rockaway.
She and Frederick E. Sellers Jr. were married on June 20, 1959. In 1970, the couple moved to Springs. Mrs. Sellers became “C.E.O. of her home while raising her children” — Pamela, Scott, and Matthew — her family wrote. She also worked as a teacher’s aide at the Neighborhood House Preschool in the early 1970s and later became a senior citizens program supervisor, overseeing transportation for East Hampton Town’s Department of Human Services.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, served on the Springs Fire Department ambulance squad, and volunteered her time at the food pantry at the Springs Presbyterian Church. In addition to her outdoor pursuits, Mrs. Sellers loved family, friends, and travel.
She and her husband retired to Florida in 2006.
Mrs. Sellers is survived by her children, Pamela Bennett of East Hampton, Scott Sellers of Big Sky, Mont., and Matthew Sellers of Cape Coral, and by 12 grandchildren and four nieces and nephews. Her husband died before her, as did a sister, Lois Bauer.
The family has suggested donations to the Springs Food Pantry, 5 Old Stone Highway, East Hampton 11937, online at springsfoodpantry.com, or to the Springs Presbyterian Church, at the same street address.