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Janet Sowders

February 23, 1935 — March 10, 2023

Highland County

Janet Rose Benson Sowders, age 88, of Highland County, Ohio, passed away Friday,March 10, 2023 at her home with her family by her bedside.

She was born February 23, 1935 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Gilbert James and Evelyn Josephine (Koester) Benson.

Janet was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and a friend to all who knew her.

Surviving is her husband, Lawrence F. "Larry" Sowders, whom she married April 14, 1956, 8 children, Lawrence M. Sowders, Daniel (Dorothy) Sowders, Evelyn West, Alice (Derek) Watson, Janet (Bruce) Morris, Suzanne "Sam" Henson, Gloria (Glenn) Geck, Mark Sowders and special friends, Candy Fisher, Susie Deatley, and Dee Shelton. Also surviving are 38 Grandchildren, 46 Great Grandchildren, her siblings Betty (Jim) Burk, Rich (Karen) Benson, Bob (Kathy) Benson, Carol Benson, brother-in-law, Denny Feldmann, sister-in-law, Bonnie Benson and numerous nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Gloria & Richard Fahey and sister Peggy Feldmann; 2 brothers, Gilbert Benson and Roger Benson, and a son-in-law, Mark Henson.

A Memorial service for family and close friends will be held at St. Benignus Catholic Church, 204 S. 2nd St. Greenfield,  Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 12:00 pm with Rev. Mike Paraniuk officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hightop Cemetery, Samantha, Ohio. Please join us in a Celebration of Life at Creekview Barn beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Rhoads-Edgington Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is serving the family.

Contributions may be made to the Cincinnati Gospel Mission, 1805 Dalton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45214, Highland County Humane Society, PO Box 471, Hillsboro, OH 45133, Susan G. Komen Foundation, 13770 Noel Rd. Suite 801889 Dallas, TX 75380, or a charity of the donors choice.  To sign the online guest book, go to

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Benignus Catholic Church (St. Greenfield)


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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Creekview Barn


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