Janette Young

Janette L Young

Monday, January 19th, 1931 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Janette L. Young, 89, (Ret. Lieut. Enfield Police Dept.) of Enfield, devoted wife and mother, and widow of Richard W. Young, passed away peacefully at home, Wed. March 25, 2020, following a lengthy illness. Born in Afton, IA, Janette was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Meisel) Lamb. Janette’s family moved to Ponca City, OK when she was 8, and it was there she met her future husband, Richard, on a blind date on New Year’s Eve 1948. She, Richard, and their three children lived in many parts of the country before settling down in Enfield in 1964. Prior to moving to Enfield, Janette was a homemaker, but on July 25,1966 she began what was to become her dream job as a law enforcement officer in Enfield. Janette’s first title was “Police Woman” and she served as the Juvenile Officer through the Detective Division. In 1979 Janette was promoted as the first female Patrol Sergeant and later became the first female Lieutenant to serve on the Enfield Police Dept. She retired on Sept. 2, 1986, after serving 20 years on the force. Dedicated in her Public Safety career, she was Past President of the CT Assn. of Woman Police.

Janette loved to travel, making new friends wherever she went, and was the relative who always kept up with everyone’s lives through letters, phone calls, and visits. She was an inspiration and sounding board to her children and grandchildren and always had time to listen.
Committed in her faith, she was an active member of Hazardville United Methodist Church, was a dedicated leader of the United Methodist Women's group, and served on many committees over the years. She was also a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by three children, Virginia Young and her husband Roman Polaski of Enfield, David Young and his wife Lesley of Taneytown, Maryland, James Young of Enfield, a sister, Dorothy Hilbush of Topping, VA, six grandchildren, Jennifer Bannock and her husband Matthew, Christopher Polaski and his wife Lydia, Janette Edwards and her husband James, and Joseph, Jeremy, and Joshua Young. She also leaves a great granddaughter, Yves Polaski, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Janette was predeceased by two daughters-in-law, Linda Young and Deborah Young, three brothers, Julius, Robert, and Thomas Lamb, and by her parents-in-law, James and Unabelle Young.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Bishop, Hartford Health Care Hospice, her many caregivers, especially Florence and Janet, and her very special caregiver and friend, Lynn Murphy, for the loving services they provided.
Visitation will be held at a later date at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels. A Memorial Service will be held at Hazardville United Methodist Church at a time yet to be determined. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Sunset Memorial Garden in Ponca City, OK.
Donations in Janette's memory may be made to Hazardville United Methodist Church, 330 Hazard Ave, Enfield, CT 06082 or to Gideons International. To leave online condolences, please visit
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Kelly Davis

Posted at 10:47pm
Our deepest sympathies. Janette was a friend and mentor to all of us in the chapter. She will be deeply missed.
Kelly Davis, Regent
Penelope Terry Abbey DAR


Posted at 04:53pm
My condolences on the passing of your mother. I have many memories of working with her at the Police Department.

Lynn Murphy

Posted at 12:22pm
Ginny, Jimmy, David and family,
Words can never express how much I loved your mom. The first time I met her I felt a deep connection to her and we became instant friends. In the time we had together we talked and laughed a lot. She will forever live in my heart.

Linda J Leclair

Posted at 02:34pm
Dear Ginny,

I am saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a lovely lady. You and your family are in my prayers.

Linda Leclair

Posted at 07:57pm
Dear Ginny,
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your mom. I have such fond memories of going over to your house when we were in high School - and your mom was always so kind and gracious. I was always so impressed with her career and know she was so highly respected. May God bless you at this difficult time as you keep her memories alive in your heart.

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