Janet Mae LeHane

Janet Mae LeHane Mae LeHane (nee Zehfuss), age 91, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Janet was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 19, 1929, to Elva and William Zehfuss. She shared her childhood with her sister Claire. Janet was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a proud Tri Delta sorority member. She married Louis James LeHane.

While Lou was working on his Master’s thesis in Human Resources and Business Management, he was an intern at the department store where Janet was his supervisor. He quickly became the “teacher’s pet” and they were married on October 7, 1955, in the chapel at the University of Pittsburgh. Janet and Lou had four daughters. Twins Kim and Pam, and younger sister Lorie were born in their first hometown as a married couple in Erie, Pennsylvania. A few years later, Leslie was born in their third hometown, in Wilmington, Delaware. There were many more moves after that which took them from coast to coast. The girls have many memories of their mother packing and unpacking and making each home a beautiful showpiece. Her strength led her to be considered the family Matriarch and she was always ready to share her wisdom. She was highly respected and loved by all who knew her.

The words most people use to describe Janet are “classy and creative.” She was cheerful, funny, smart, and a talented gardener and artist. Her family and friends will continue to cherish her paintings. Janet was a world traveler with her husband, Louis, and on her own. Her trips included a garden trip down the Mississippi, a photo safari on the Serengeti, an artist trip down the Seine, and a trip to paint the beautiful beaches and cliffs in Portugal. Janet was a gifted storyteller, and all who knew her have hilarious tales that they will share for years to come.


The family would like to extend special thanks to the wonderful caretakers and hospice staff at Spring Arbor of Winchester who showed exceptional compassion and respect to the family at the end of Janet’s life here on earth. Due to COVID restrictions and to keep all of Janet’s friends safe, the family will hold a private service at the Oatlands Historic Church of Our Saviors. Pastor Jonathan Kell will officiate. Our Scottish mother would be happy to know that a bagpiper will play some of her favorite hymns.

Janet was an active member of the Loudon Garden Club and the Ladies Board. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ladies Board Foundation supporting Loudoun Hospital nursing scholarships. You can send them directly to the Inova Ladies Board or to our family at Kim LeHane Rohr, 208 Orchard Street S Northfield, MN 55057.