Janet M.A. Columbus

Graveside funeral service will be held Monday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery for Janet M.A. Columbus, age 54, of Baton Rouge. She died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Baton Rouge. Burial in the Biloxi National Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home, Picayune, Miss. She was a native of Babylon, Long Island, N.Y. She was a member of Crane Creek Baptist Church and a member of the YMCA in Baton Rouge. She volunteered her time and services for her neighbors. She was a former sergeant and one of the first female heavy-equipment operators in the U.S. Army. Survivors include her daughter, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Robin M. Pekel, and son-in-law, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert S. Pekel Jr., of Midway Park, N.C.; five sisters, Ann Lewis, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Lens C. Nemec, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Catherine Lovett, of Fort Madison, Iowa, Isabelle Stevenson, of Picayune, and Domenica Bullard, of Jacksonville, Fla.; nine brothers, James Columbus, of Interlachen, Fla., Joseph Columbus, of Deer Park, Long Island, N.Y., Theodore Columbus, of Sanford, Fla., Thomas Columbus of Warsaw, Mo., Albert Columbus, of Keokuk, Iowa, John Columbus of Winston Salem, N.C., Peter Columbus, of Savannah, Ga., Joseph W. Columbus, of Seguin, Texas, and Samuel Columbus, of Naples, Ill.; and friend, Eilleen Oster. Obituary, register book and driving directions can be found at www.mcdonaldfh.com.

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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Apr. 5, 2008