OBITUARY: Janice Stanley, 70

Janice Anne (née Perney) Stanley passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 70. Following years of battling chronic illnesses, Janice died at home in Marblehead, where she lived for almost 40 years.

Janice Stanley

She was the beloved mother of Jessica Stanley Asher (married to Tyler Perry Asher) and grandmother to Kyle (3) and Madeline Asher (1), of Carnelian Bay, California, near Lake Tahoe. Janice’s greatest joy in life was watching her daughter grow into a successful woman and seeing her beloved grandchildren start their lives.

Janice was born and raised on Long Island, New York, the youngest daughter of the late George and Madeline (née McCarthy) Perney.

She is survived by her sister Suzanne Perney Niemeyer of Marblehead and predeceased by her sister Linda Perney and brother-in-law Edwin Brooks Niemeyer. She will be missed by her family and her lifelong friends, Jannah Stanley and Mary Alice Dwyer Hughes, among others. Janice will be remembered for her compassion, generosity, sense of humor, and persistence in adversity.

Janice graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School on Long Island. She obtained her bachelor of arts in psychology with a concentration in play therapy from the New School for Social Research in New York City. She received her master of education in counseling from Salem State University in Massachusetts.

Janice’s career focused on helping children and their families. She worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health at the J.T. Berry State School and was employed for over 10 years as an elementary school guidance counselor in the Marblehead school system.

In her post-retirement years, Janice dedicated herself to honing her artistic abilities, drawing inspiration from her passion and expertise in art therapy. Her work had been exhibited in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead and was accepted by the juried and prestigious Marblehead Arts Association.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at The Landing Restaurant in Marblehead (81 Front St.).

Friends are invited to contribute fond memories, expressions of sympathy or floral condolences for the family at

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