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Janeth Lloyd Thoron

March 11, 1931 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 90)


Janeth Lloyd Thoron, 90, of Rhinebeck, died at home of Parkinson’s-related causes on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Born on March 11, 1931 in New York City, Janeth was the only child of the late Humphrey Lloyd and Evelyn Ward Lloyd.  She grew up in Washington, DC and Gibson Island, Maryland, attending the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.  She graduated from Vassar College Phi Beta Kappa in 1953 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Oxford University for study in philosophy and economics.

She married Christopher Thoron in December, 1955.  They lived in Bonn, Germany, from 1956-1959 during his term as a Naval Reserve officer.  They were then assigned to the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City.

Following divorce, Janeth remained in New York City pursuing her career as a foundation executive at the Foreign Policy Association and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, among others.  She also led an active life as a mother and volunteer.

Janeth lived in Manhattan and Wainscott, Long Island for thirty-five years.  She was a life-long sportswoman, competing in racquet sports as a young woman, as well as sailing and skiing, which she enjoyed until the limitations of Parkinson’s Disease intervened. 

She retired to Rhinebeck, NY in the Hudson Valley in 1996 and immersed herself in the community.  She served on the Board of Directors of many local institutions including the Wilderstein Historic Site (twelve years), the Rhinebeck Historical Society, Hudsonia, and the Bard Lifetime Learning Institute, among others.  She used her eagle eye to perform copy editing for several local organizations.

Music always played a vital role in Janeth’s life.  She studied piano in her early years and attended performances of opera, ballet, modern dance, and the symphony throughout her life.  She sang in church choirs in New York City, Rhinebeck, and in the Bard College Community Chorus.

Janeth is survived by her daughter Elise Thoron, and son-in-law Thomas Ostrom Enders III.

Elise would like to express profound gratitude to the team of caregivers whose compassion and skill made Janeth’s later years so happy and peaceful.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah on Chestnut Street and Route 9 in Rhinebeck New York at 11:00 am, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, or to the food pantry of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, P.O. Box 248 Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Janeth enjoyed friendships with many American Indians, whom she visited in the West and hosted in New York City.  She created a striking collection of American Indian jewelry, weavings, and artifacts.

What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night…

The breath of a buffalo in the winter time…

A little shadow which runs across the grass

and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, 1821


MITAKUYE OYASIN (We are all related)


Arrangements under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, Rhinebeck.

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Memorial Service
April 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Church of the Messiah
6436 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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