Janet Kunkle Bell

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Emily Langer


Janet Kunkle Bell, 87, a chil­dren’s li­brar­ian who worked for Mont­gomery County pub­lic li­braries for more than 20 years, died Jan. 26 at the As­bury Methodist Vil­lage re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Gaithers­burg.

She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her daugh­ter, Sherri R. Neale.

Mrs. Bell re­tired in the 1980s from Rockville Me­mo­rial Li­brary. She had worked pre­vi­ously at li­braries in Bethesda, Ol­ney and Da­m­as­cus. She was a long­time Mont­gomery res­i­dent.

Janet Gertrude Kunkle was born in Luxor, Pa., and set­tled in the Washington area in the 1950s. She re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in li­brary sci­ence from the Univer­sity of Mary­land in 1971.

Her mar­riage to James Z. Bell ended in di­vorce. Their son Clif­ford Bell died in 2006.

Sur­vivors in­clude three chil­dren, Daniel E. Bell of Rockville, Sherri R. Neale of Alexan­dria and Jef­frey W. Bell of Min­neapo­lis; and a grand­son.

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