Janet Knight

Janet Elizabeth Knight (Altemus)

December 6, 1929 - December 19, 2020
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Janet Elizabeth (Altemus) Knight, 91, a resident of Lowell, formerly a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late John Henry Knight Sr. with whom she shared 56 years of marriage until his passing in 2007.

Janet was born on December 6, 1929 in Lowell, MA and was a daughter of the late Herman and Sadie (Corey) Altemus.

Janet lived in Lowell as a child. At a young age, she and her sister Joan were sent to live at the Ayer Home for Children. Her father would visit them and take them out for movies and dinners when he could. Janet graduated from Lowell High School where she was very proud that she and her sister were elected by their classmates to be Girl Officers in their junior year. As a young woman she worked at the mills in Lowell. It was there she met her husband John, who was a graduate of the Lowell Textile Institute. They were married on May 26, 1951 at St. Theresa’s Church in Billerica. While raising their family in South Chelmsford, Janet enjoyed bowling, square dancing with Johnny, camping with the family, and lots of quilting, crocheting, and sewing. In their later years, Janet and Johnny spent months at a time at Ormond Beach in Florida. Most of all Janet enjoyed being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In 2013, Janet then moved to Lowell again to live with her granddaughter Barbara and her family, who lovingly watched over her until her passing.

Janet leaves her children; Janet Korytoski (Thomas) of West Yarmouth, Patrick T. Knight (Faith) of Billerica, and daughter in law, Linda Knight of Lowell, her granddaughters Ellen McEnaney Jardine (Thomas) of South Portland, Maine, Maria Knight of North Andover, Barbara Knight
(Matthew Perin), and her great granddaughters, Alyssa, Alexia and Alanna Perin and her sister Joan Bradshaw of San Antonio, Texas.

Sadly, she is predeceased by two sons, John Knight Jr., who passed away in 2013, and Phillip Knight who passed away in 2006.

Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately.

You are kindly invited to view Janet’s Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:00 am at

Memorial donations may be made in Janet’s name to Merrimack Valley Hospice, c/o Home Health Foundation, Attn: Community Engagement, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. #9, Lawrence, MA 01843, the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452, or to a charity of your choice.
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Due to gathering limitations, the Funeral Service and Interment will be held privately. You are kindly invited to view the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:00 am. Please visit, click on LIVEVIEW, then St. Mary LIVEVIEW.


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Posted at 12:59pm
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Janet Korytoski Posted at 04:08pm

Dear HS, I’m sorry I don’t know who you are, but thank you fir donating a tree in my mother’s name. She loved camping and hiking in her younger years in the White Mountains. I know she would love this memorial gift.

Kelly Beatty

Posted at 12:58pm
In 2005, we were fortunate to move to the neighborhood where John and Janet Knight lived — in fact right across the street from them. These stalwart South Chelmsfordians were warm and welcoming, and we always loved hearing their stories of their early lives and how the area used to be. After John died in 2007, we grew even closer to Janet and helped out whenever we could. She was fun and feisty, and we will miss her.

Janet Korytoski Posted at 04:05pm

Dear Kelly, Thank you for posting your memories of my Mom. She was indeed full of fun and feisty. I know she loved being your neighbor. Thank you for being such a good friend and all you did for her when she still lived on Park Road. It’s been almost a month since she has been gone and it still seems like yesterday. I miss her very much too.

Tim Donoghue

Posted at 07:42pm
With deepest sympathy,
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Janet Korytoski Posted at 02:39pm

Thank you Tim. Your thoughtfulness of having a tree planted in memory of my mother is sincerely appreciated. Janet Korytoski

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