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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Janet P. (Haynes) Newell

Janet P. (Haynes) Newell

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Acton, MA

Janet P. (Haynes) Newell, 86, a longtime resident of Acton, MA, died on March 28, 2019 at Life Care Center of Acton. She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles W. (Bill) Newell, who died in 2011, and leaves her husband of 4 years Vincent Horvath of Acton. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Otis, her husband Milton and their son James of Huntington Beach, CA; a sister-in-law Naomi Newell of Acton, as well as extended family and dear friends.

Born and raised in Weston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Lincoln and Mary Josephine (Johnson) Haynes. Janet attended local schools and earned a Master’s Degree from Boston University. She spent a short time teaching mathematics prior to joining the Raytheon Company, where she spent many years as a scientist and supervisor working locally and overseas on many of the company’s projects. Janet always considered herself very fortunate to have so many wonderful professional people in her life and cherished “doing the job she loved” at Raytheon until her retirement.

Janet enjoyed keeping active and was an exceptional athlete. She was an avid long distance runner and mountain climber, completing many Boston Marathons in younger years and scaling several peaks including Kilimanjaro. She loved skiing in the winter months and always looked forward to a game of tennis or a day of golfing.

She was loved and respected by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, (Rt. 111), Acton, MA. A service and celebration of Janet’s life will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Cremation and urn burial will be held privately in Linwood Cemetery, Weston, MA.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 6:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Immediately following visiting hours


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Gail Smeriglio

Posted at 09:24am
Janet was the most wonderful person you could meet, know, work with and socialize with. She was very capable and dependable. I was fortunate enough to hire her! God bless her soul! (Leo Morrissette)

Joyce Brown

Posted at 09:19am
My condolences and my deepest sympathy at this time of loss. We know that time can lessen the pain but no one can take away the memories and cherished moments we had together. In God's word the Bible, we receive soothing words found at Revelation 21:4 which states that, "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." It is comforting to know that it will be a time when we will not have to worry about death and pain. May you be comforted by God who comforts all during times of distress. My prayers are with you and your family.

Gail Smeriglio

Posted at 08:42am
Janet's Raytheon (HAWK) family sends their deepest condolences. She was an exceptional teammate, always working with a smile and such enthusiasm. She was truly dedicated to her work and everyone loved working with her. We all have such fond memories of Janet. She will be missed....Gail Smeriglio


Ruth Otis

Posted at 06:45pm
"Go, Granny, go!" A sideline cheer from a group of kids as Janet ran a local Fourth of July race. So descriptive, so Janet. She loved it!

She was on- the- go most of her life; a polio survivor, she didn't let it slow her down. Even in her teens she was industrious, selling produce at a roadside stand, baby sitting, housecleaning, egg candling...

At Weston High School Janet excelled academically as well as in sports. It's also where she met classmate/soulmate Bill Newell.

On to Boston University, on to Raytheon, White Sands, NM, etc'

Friends, her international hiking group, tennis, bowling, skiing, reading, bridge, knitting and much more continued to be entwined and bring fulfillment for as long as mind and body allowed. Janet pursued life!

Go, Granny, Go!

Rest in Peace,
Mel, Ruth & Jim Otis

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