She was born October 15, 1932 in Gardiner, Me., the daughter of the late Donald A. and Genevieve R. (Weeks) Ireland. In 1943, the family moved to Shrewsbury, and she graduated from the Major Beal High School in 1950 and UMass Amherst in 1954 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.
She worked in the insurance industry, retiring in 1977. In 1978, she was the grateful recipient of a kidney transplant from an unknown donor. After serving her well for 15 years, Janet returned to dialysis, and, in 1995, she was again humbled, grateful and blessed to be the recipient of a second transplant.
As a social historian, Janet acquired a more intense interest in history, in particular family history and genealogy. She shared her findings through published articles, many of which were published in major journals. She also published nine in a series entitled “Histories From the Old Cemetery.” She was recognized by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, who awarded her honor of Honorary Trustee.
She was a proud member of the American Antiquarian Society and a member of the Rhode Island Chapter of Mayflower Descendants. She was a charter member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury, where she served on the Vestry and taught Sunday School and sang in the Festival Choir.
She leaves her beloved three children, Janet Elizabeth Pouliot and her husband Donald of Gardner, John “Jay” F. Delorey Jr. of Shrewsbury, and Cmdr. Donald R. Delorey and his wife Rebecca of Myock, N.C.; her two sisters, Joyce Hokans of Worcester and Judith Jepson and her husband Walter of Spencer; her beloved five grandchildren, Nicole Genevieve Pouliot and her husband Jon of Stoughton, Amanda Grayson Delorey, Brooke Rogers Delorey, Haven Daggett Delorey, and Grayson Howland Delorey of Moyock, N.C.; her great-grandson, Wesley Richard Towle, whom she so adored; and her special companions, her dogs Kurt and Teddy.
A funeral service honoring and celebrating Janet's life was held May 30 at Trinity Episcopal Church of Shrewsbury, with burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Donald and Genevieve Ireland Fund, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 or the Kidney Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department,30 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016.