Janet B. Rachor

Janet Bonita Rachor, 67, of Marticville, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Lancaster General Hospital after a sudden respiratory incident. She was the devoted wife of Richard Martin Rachor, and the daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruth Flickinger.

Janet was born in Lancaster, PA and graduated from Penn Manor High School. Janet and Rich met while working at Two Guys in Lancaster. She had a brand new 1972 Dodge Challenger, “banana yellow, with four on the floor”. She drove him around when the weather was too bad for his motorcycle; he was crazy for her; then they proceeded to drive each other crazy for nearly 50 more years.

Janet worked several part time jobs, but then spent many years as a homemaker supporting Rich and doting over her three sons. She never stopped bragging to them about that car and the fact that she could drive stick shift before at least two of them.

In her early years she was a talented seamstress who could make a worn article of clothing well outlast it’s prescribed life span, much to the chagrin of her boys. Janet loved to garden and maintained a bountiful vegetable garden and beautiful flower beds; she knew the name of every flower by sight. Janet loved to start or end her day with a cup of hot tea and also loved cooking and baking. Every December the tops of the kitchen cabinets were lined with tins of various homemade Christmas cookies.

Her declining health in recent years prevented her from some of her previous hobbies, but she remained an avid reader and book buyer to the end, leaving behind a veritable library of read and unread books. Janet enjoyed watching Hallmark movies and looked forward to buying Hallmark Christmas ornaments for her children and grandchildren every year. The family is still convinced that the local Hallmark store weathered the pandemic of 2020 from her dedicated shopping.

She was unabashedly kind and goodhearted. Her willingness to openly embarrass her reserved husband and sons in public may have frustrated them in the moment, but it afforded them many humorous stories to remember her by, and her willingness to talk to anyone was something to be envied. She will be sorely missed by all.

Rich would like to extend a sincere thanks to family, friends, and neighbors for support during this difficult goodbye.

Janet was preceded in death by sister Linda, and survived by sisters Joan, Susan, and Beverly. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by sons Christopher P, married to Sarah, Matthew J, married to Alyssa, and David A, married to Janaina. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Bradyn, Carter, Lincoln, Sawyer, Noah, Bianca, and James.

Immediate family will hold private memorial services. To leave an online condolence please visit: www.CremationLancasterPA.com


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  • I am so sorry for your loss. Janet and I were friends throughout high school at Penn Manor, and many years afterwards. Then we lost touch with each other, but I will never forget all the fun times we had together. We were both in the Billie-ette’s. She was such a kind person who would do anything for you.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Janet and I were classmates at Penn Manor.
    I pray God will comfort your hearts and draw you close to Himself. He’s the only one who can meet all of your needs during this difficult time.

  • I was a Billie-ette with Janet too many years ago to remember. I also had the pleasure of attending Penn Manor with her. Janet always had a smile and would go out of her way to help anyone. I use to sit with Janet at volleyball games when her son played at Penn Manor with my son. She will be deeply missed.

  • Dear Rachor family,

    What a beautiful artical , I worked for many years with your Son Chris and what a great man he is that could only come from having amazing parents, I’m so thankful for all the memories, over the years Chris would always talk about his parents and one particular memory was how amazing his mom’s lasagna was…….well I had to give it a go and made Chris mine and honestly I knew by the look he enjoyed it but nothing compared to mom’s the way it should be…..I wish and pray for peace and comfort eternally grateful and blessings to you all.

    Laura Strausner

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Janet was kind and always so pleasant to be around. I remember how beautiful she looked at David and Jana’s wedding in Brazil! I also remember how proud she was to tell us about her simple skin care routine when we pointed out that her face didn’t have any wrinkles!!! I appreciated the times Janet called me just to check how I was doing in my studies. She will be missed!

  • I met this special woman 14 years ago. Even with our different nationality, Janet surprised us with her interest and affection for us! always so kind and dedicated, she did everything to make us feel loved! My affection for her will be eternal, I know she liked me and she knew that I liked her..a special hug to Richard, her companion of so many years, to her children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, especially David, Jana, Noah and Bibi. Now in heaven, she will be spreading her sweetness among the angels !!! We will miss her attention, her sweet look and her lasagna 😋😋! With love, Marina, Maria Isadora and Mateus!❤️

  • Dear Richard & Family
    We are sincerely sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. I pray you will find the courage & strength to continue your journey until the day where you will all meet again. May she always smile down on you all and may she rest in peace.
    Our most sincere condolences,
    Marie & Richard Penketh

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