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Janice 9Fleming) Ghetia-Orr
2010 | Cleveland, Ohio
Janice Fleming Ghetia-Orr was a reporter, publicist, poet and painter..........................
A cop guarding a murder scene in the 1940s told cub reporter Janice Arlene Fleming of the Cleveland News, "You can't go in there, girlie."
She sneaked in the house's back door with a male photographer. Let's skip the details and just say she ruined her new suede pumps.
Fleming went on to become a Plain Dealer columnist, Sun Newspapers managing editor, head of Ghetia Public Relations and Janice Ghetia-Orr. She also published poems and exhibited paintings.
The twice-widowed woman died Sept. 29 at Normandy Manor, Rocky River. She was 86.
"She was a whirlwind," recalled long-time Cleveland reporter Doris O'Donnell. "She moved fast, talked fast, got stories fast, wrote fast. She was sparkling."
She was born in Cleveland, published a poem at 13, won an Ohio Poetry Society prize at 17 and graduated from East High School. She led a team of several women writing obituaries at the News for local victims of World War II. The reporters were often the first to break the news to the survivors. After the war, most of the women were laid off, but Fleming and O'Donnell survived.
The job was never dull. Fleming interviewed Burt Lancaster and shared a cab ride with a bear.
She married fellow News reporter George Ghetia, raised three children with him in Lakewood and wrote a column, "Life With Baby." One column described youngsters holding an atomic air raid drill: "As I watched our little daughter and these others participating in this 'game,' I realized what an all-out war would mean to our baby and her playmates."
In 1979, her husband died, and she took over his Ghetia Public Relations. She edited publications for the Al Koran Shrine, Northern Ohio Petroleum Retailers Association, Cleveland Area Board of Realtors and others.
In 1984, she married her late husband's war comrade, Douglas Orr. The couple lived in Moreland Hills and later Hamlet Hills in Chagrin Falls. She held poetry workshops at Hamlet Hills, published collections of residents' poems and exhibited her watercolors.
Tabone-Komorowski handled her arrangements. Survivors include three children and five grandchildren. Two of her children have followed her as writers, and the oldest, Gail Ghetia Bellamy, married into another leading local family of writers.
Janice Ghetia-Orr's *Love-Story*
1984 | Ohio
Janice's LOVE STORY. . . is actually not an unusual one.....
After the WWII heroes came home, Janice Married fellow News reporter George Ghetia and raised 3 children with him in Lakewood ..Lt George Ghetia was a Commissioned Bombardier/Navigator with the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron, B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers in the MTO. George completed 50 Combat Missions and came home...In 1979, GEORGE died, and she took over his Ghetia Public Relations.
In 1984, she married her late husband's war comrade, Douglas Orr. The couple lived in Moreland Hills and later Hamlet Hills in Chagrin Falls. She held poetry workshops at Hamlet Hills, published collections of residents' poems and exhibited her watercolors. Lt Douglas Orr was a fellow graduate from Bombardier /Navigator School and/or most-probably, friends from high-school...... no doubt kept in touch with their respective families.
Sometime after George passed in 1979, Janice would marry Doug Orr in 1984. This is not very unusual as those bonds of friendship from school, through the War II and so forth, were "forever" ties. What a wonderful thing, truly.
Barbi Ennis Connolly writes; I have only met 2 other Vets (other than my Dad/Edward Ennis 1914-2005) ... one a brief visit and the other turned out to be my Dad/Ed's "other' best friend..... One came home (Walter Cantrell) and one did not (Charles O Brown, Jr. KIA 2 Dec.'43)..... and it turned out Walter lived 9 miles away! :) :) :)
At the 1st meeting, there was **Walter, "Brownie" and Ed** framed and on his wall.... we spoke generally and at the 2nd meeting his wife Jeanne kept looking at me, I asked what it was she needed to hear and she said she was hoping to hear the word "Spare Parts", a B-25 #41-12861 and I asked why??? She said that her 1st husband and Walter's BEST friend was Carl Hanemenn. Jeanne Hannemann Cantrell. Walter's regular B-25 was the "Harp" #41-31007.
What a wonderful story, later I would hear about one of the children "Carla", assuming that she was Carl and Jeanne's daughter but Walter said NO! My daughter, named after my best friend Carl :) They had kept in touch regularly and eventually Jeanne's husband Carl Hannemann had passed, only a few years apart from Walter's wife passing. After several years, they were together at a Christmas time, as usual and ..... :) You are NEVER too old for LOVE!
Several years ago, Walter and Jeanne moved to a MUCH warmer place about 100 miles away and as of the middle of 2011, both were doing well-enough. Walter turned 90 in Nov. 2011. (Time for me to check in to see how they are) Also during the visit, Walter said "Jeanne was a USA Girl". . . to which Jeanne said "Walter! A USO Girl!" . . . . OK, that's another story :)
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 319th and 321st BG Historian and Historical Researcher with our "History Team of 3, John Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and myself" for the 57th Bomb Wing. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com