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Janet Elizabeth Grattan

March 3, 2022

Janet Elizabeth Grattan, 67, of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away on March 3rd, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.

Janet was born on November 2nd, in Waukeegan, IL.  She attended school at Lynchburg College, then pursued her education receiving a master’s in education and a master’s in counseling.

Janet joined the Virginia Episcopal School in 1993 as the Admission receptionist and served for many years as the Assistant to the Dean of Students, but the greatest gift she gave the VES community came when she became a Licensed Professional Counselor, a role distinguished by her warmth and kindness, sympathetic ear, wry humor and selfless devotion.

Janet was a friend to everyone, she was filled with love and compassion to her family, friends, co-workers and students. Few will forget her kind and gentle nature, her warm greetings to all and her little dog Bentley who she was rarely without.

Janet is survived by her children: Brooke Collins of Dallas TX and Abby Cronkite of Alexandria VA; her grandchildren: Blake, Bowen and Wyntje; her siblings: Mike Nelson and Nancy Ross; her parents: Jim and Dixie Nelson; and many loving friends in the community.

A visitation will be held on May 7th, 2022, at 11 am at Virginia Episcopal School. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Janet’s name to Virginia Episcopal School.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit


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My wife Laura and I just found out about Janet's passing and we are so very sorry for the family's loss. We lived in the same neighborhood and our dogs and Bentley always interacted when she was walking Bentley, and she was kind enough to watch our two dogs when we went on vacation last fall. She was an exemplary neighbor to our community, and will be missed. May she forever have a home in paradise now. God bless you all. Jim Greer

Posted by James Greer on March 16, 2022

I am so grateful for my sister, Janet. Growing up with Janet was truly special. She was an artist who had a flare for painting and pen /ink drawings. She also enjoyed horseback competitions. She was caring, kind ,thoughtful, hardworking and enjoyed life to the fullest. She treasured her family and friends. She was extremely proud of her daughters, Brooke and Abby and looked forward to visiting their beautiful families when she could. I am so thankful for all of the love and support she received from her VES family, and the gentle and caring treatment she received from her palliative care team. Her friends, Barb, Jo, Helen and Peggy were so kind and thoughtful to spend time with Janet during her final days. Rest in peace Jan and know that you are very loved! Love, your Sisaroo - Nancy

Posted by Nancy Ross on March 14, 2022

We are so saddened to hear about Janet’s passing. Prayers for you all.

Posted by Ann and Tom Chafin on March 11, 2022

I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Janet. Even though it has been many years since connecting with her, I still have happy memories 🙂 To Brooke and Abby, those whose lives she touched will stay in their hearts forever <3 Sending much love, Susan Kepler and family

Posted by Susan Kepler on March 11, 2022

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