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Janet (Frantz) Llewellyn
Born Janet Frantz December 13, 1948, Janet is the daughter
of John (deceased 1975) and Alma (Caylor) Frantz of Vintondale. Janet's nine brothers
and sisters include: John, Johnsonburg, Pa.; Leon, Twin Rocks; Geraldine Campbell,
Smethport, Pa.; Donna Michaels, Millville, N.J., and David, Ebensburg R.D. Her
remaining brothers and sisters, William, Darlene Michaels, Phyllis Michaels, and
Catherine Mack, all live in the Vintondale area. Janet and her sister Phyllis
are fraternal twins.
Janet is a 1966 graduate of the former Nanty Glo-Vintondale
High School, where she was a member of the Y-Teens, Commercial Club and, last
but certainly not least, the National Honor Society.
Janet Llewellyn,recent photo
Married to Nanty Glo native Walter "Stoney" Llewellyn
since June 20, 1970, they are the parents of three grown children. Their daughter,
Karen Swalligan, lives in Clearfield; James makes his home in Columbus, Ohio,
and Richard resides in Red Lion, Pa. She and Stoney have three grandchildren:
Ian, 4; John, 3, and Martina, 1.
Although Vintondale born and raised, Janet has been
a Nanty Glo resident since 1970. In February 1993 she started doing volunteer
work at the Nanty Glo Public Library and that April she was hired as the assistant
librarian under librarian Ann Gongloff, a positiion she still holds. "I love this
job," she says. "I prefer my part-time position...it leaves me with more time
for home and family." Janet says an early introduction to the workings of the
library was her required attendance at a computer class. "I didn't even know how
to turn one on, and for the first several weeks I was really lost. I almost quit."
As we sat in the library surrounded by books of all
sorts, the library bustled with post-holiday activity. All the computers were
in use, and several patrons were either checking out books or requesting information.
"The library is a local resource bank for knowlege and information. Several organizations
use it for meetings, class reunions are planned here, the local Girl and Boy Scout
Troops use it, and it currently houses the Historical Society," she says. A friendly
and out-going person, Janet has warm regard for now-retired librarian Ann Gongloff.
"Ann Gongloff was a very positive influence in my life, she has always made me
feel accepted and capable...she was a very positive person." Since Ann Gongloff's
retirement, Janet has worked side by side with librarian Sharon Gallaher, and,
with the help of college interns, they comprise a helpful team of dedicated professionals
willing to provide friendly and helpful service to all who need it.
Speaking of warm regards, home town Vintondale gets
some. "It was a safe place, where as kids we could play...and we played all summer
in our bare feet!" Janet remembers Vintondale as a clean town, "because when I
was growing up there the mines had already closed so there wasn't too much coal
dirt around." Vintondale had grocery stores and a place called Cresswell's, she
recalled. "Cresswell's was a soda-fountain-type place where they sold penny candy,
had a jukebox.... It was sort of a teenage hangout." She also remembers the innocence
of childhood; "Those were carefree days because we didn't have major responsibilities...just
the fun of being a kid. I'm from a large family and I miss the family gatherings
She has mixed feelings about the demise of the once
booming town of Nanty Glo. "I feel badly about all the business closings...but
on the other hand, if we had a growth in industry and a rise in population, it
wouldn't be the nice quiet little town that it is now."
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