Janet Austin, a resident at The McGuire Group’s Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 28th. She was born in 1920 in Niagara Falls, NY to Mary and William Lyall. William immigrated to the United States from Scotland and Mary came from Liverpool. Janet met her future husband, the late Charlie Austin, while they were classmates at Gaskill Middle School. One day, she was riding on the city bus and Charlie saw her. That night, he went home, called her and asked her on a date. She agreed and the rest is history. The couple was married on Thanksgiving day, November 21st, 1940 at Church of the Redeemers. They served a large thanksgiving meal at their reception. The couple lived on Grand Island for most of their married life. Despite his efforts, Charlie was unable to join the United States armed forces due to medical issues. He worked at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for more than 20 years. He passed away in September of 2000.
Prior to marriage, Janet was employed as an office worker at Carborundum. After raising two daughters, Irene and Joanne, she worked at Beir’s Brothers department store for nearly 15 years. Irene is retired from working in the technology department at Canisius College and Joanne is a retired speech language pathologist in Connecticut. Along with her two children, Janet has five grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She also has a niece Mary Lou and a nephew, William, who is deceased.
Janet is known for being kind, strong, independent and “the most loving woman you will ever meet.” She was a member of the St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church as well as Alter Guild, Eastern Star, and the Triangle Girls for which she received an award for her organizational skills.
In her spare time, Janet enjoyed playing card games, especially euchre and creating various types of needlework including embroidery, sewing and cross stitch. She was also known for her delicious baked goods including cookies, tarts and pumpkin pie. A funny baking memory that she recalls is the time an egg yolk in her pumpkin pie failed to break apart and when her guest cut into the slice it had an entire egg baked right in. It was a deliciously funny mistake.
When asked if Janet has any life advice to give, her answer is simple; be happy, which is exactly how she has tried to live her life.
Harris Hill Nursing Facility provides subacute and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, Journeys palliative care and respite/short-term care. The facility continuously receives five star ratings from the federal government and has finished in the first quintile of NY State’s quality benchmarking pool 6 out of 6 years. For more information, visit www.mcguiregroup.com, www.medicare.gov or