Janet H. Cummings, age 86 of Seymour, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Shelton Lakes Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late William Cummings.

Mrs. Cummings was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 10, 1928, daughter of the late Norris and Carolyn Paxton. She was raised in Albany, New York and graduated from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism and was a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She moved to Darien in 1970 and spent years in Norwalk and Westport as well. Mrs. Cummings retired as editor of the former Darien News Review and Westport News, a newspaper she worked at for over 25 years. She loved mentoring new journalists in the field.

Away from work she loved sailing, traveling and was an avid bridge player. She also looked forward every summer to her vacation at Eagle Camp in South Hero, Vermont. Here she would meet up with many long time friends and family for a few weeks on Lake Champlain.

She is the mother of Barry Hardman and his wife Kathleen, and stepmother of Carla Cummings and her husband Merek Press. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Tyler and Ian, her sister Lea Nixon, and husband John, of Atlanta, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.

The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd Shelton, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Great Hill United Methodist Church, 225 Great Hill Rd. Seymour, Connecticut.

Contributions can be made to: Eagle Camp, c/o Janet Cummings Memorial Fund, 505 W. Shore Rd, South Hero, Vermont. 05486.

— by The Darien Times