Janet McDowell Miller of Steubenville, Ohio, and Chautauqua, NY, passed away on July 25,
2022. Born on August 31, 1925 in Steubenville to the late John and Marjorie McDowell, Janet
graduated from Steubenville Big Red (1943), then earned a BA in Music Education (1947) from
Muskingum College. She had been living at the Absolut Care nursing facility in Westfield, NY at
the time of her death. Until recently, Janet spent every summer at Chautauqua Institution,
dating back to the late 1950’s.
In 1951 she married her beloved husband Andrew “Andy” William Miller, who predeceased her
in 2001. Janet had a storied and varied life in music. She served as organist and choir director
of the First United Presbyterian and Westminster churches in Steubenville. She was the music
director for numerous musicals produced by the Steubenville Players and also performed as the
accompanist on both piano and organ for the Civic Choral Society where, along with working
alongside wonderful musicians and singers, she relished the opportunity of making music with
Dave Brubeck on numerous occasions.
Janet was an active member of her cherished Chautauqua Motet Choir’s alto section from the
mid-1970’s through 2018. She played organ and piano for various Chautauqua concerts and
programs including the Hall of Philosophy Vespers Service and Hebrew Services in Hurlbut
Church, as well as for performances in the Hall of Christ and the Amphitheater. She frequently
served as Jared Jacobsen’s renowned “paginator” for Sunday services in the Amp. She taught
music in the Steubenville public schools for many years while also providing private piano
lessons for local budding musicians.
Janet was the endlessly devoted and loving mother of four sons: Douglas Andrew (Carol
Ramsey) of Los Angeles, Gregory John (Bijou Clinger) of New York City, Jeffrey Richard (Karin
Burkhart) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Daniel McDowell (Leslie Webb) of Phoenix, MD. She is survived
by ten treasured grandchildren: Nathaniel, Maren, Katharine, Graham, Sara, Samuel, Juliet,
Solon, Elijah and Paige, plus three great-grandchildren: Aida, Alma and Zora. She is also
survived by her dear brother-in-law William Rhinehart, husband of her late and adored sister
Mary, as well as their six children whom Janet held so very dear to her heart.
Janet’s husband of 49 years, Andy, the former Mayor of Steubenville (1960-70), was the love of
her life. Janet was an avid lover of music, all things Chautauqua, and gatherings of friends. But
together with Andy she placed family above all else.
Janet will be remembered for her kindness, witty sense of humor, friendly and gentle
demeanor, beauty, giving nature and propensity for welcoming all – the more the merrier – into
her homes and into her life. Her sons will hold a memorial service in Chautauqua on August 13
in Hurlbut Church. They will also hold a modest interment ceremony in Steubenville in
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St. Westfield, NY. Please share condolences at www.masonfuneral.com