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Feb. 7, 1941 – June 22, 2013

Janet E. Watson, an East Aurora sheepdog rescuer and volunteer, died Saturday. She was 72.

Born Janet Freeman in Fostoria, Ohio, she lived at the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home at age 9 and was later informally adopted by the McCarthy family from St. Marys, Ohio.

She went on to attend Ohio State University and worked as a secretary at Westinghouse in Lima, Ohio.

It was at Westinghouse that she met her husband, Penn Watson, who worked as a financial analyst for the company. They married in 1962 and moved to East Aurora three years later.

Mrs. Watson’s passion for Old English Sheepdogs led her to volunteer for the New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue organization. She rescued four dogs.

Mrs. Watson also worked as a dog groomer, day care provider and grant writer while she lived in East Aurora.

She was a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club and East Aurora Country Club, and enjoyed hiking and playing the guitar.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Penn and David; and a sister, Patricia.

A memorial gathering with a brief service will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the salon at the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora.