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Gerda M. Janicke

SHARON — Gerda M. Janicke, 95, died Sept. 24, 2020. She was the wife of the late Erwin “Jan” Janicke. 

Mrs. Janicke was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Bay St. Louis, Miss. She was raised in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Chicago, Ill., after attending Washington University. While living in Chicago, she met and married Jan and was employed as a fashion designer.

After relocating to Madison, Wis., Gerda and Jan moved to Darien, Conn., in 1961, where they raised their two children. She was very active in the community, including serving as president for the Darien Community Concerts. 

Gerda and Jan later moved to Sharon, in 1982, where Gerda owned and operated Clothes and Collectibles, a unique clothing, gift and antiques store until 2008. Gerda brought her dog Jake, a Maltese rescue, daily to the store, where Jake delighted many of her customers.

She is survived by a son, Bruce Janicke of Stamford, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Tom O’Day of Mansfield, Conn.; and four grandchildren. 

All services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sharon Ambulance Fund, Sharon, Conn. 06069.

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