Published 10:22 am Wednesday, January 21, 2015
A memorial service for Janet Piccinati Landry will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Church of the Ascension in Hattiesburg. Mrs. Landry, 67, of Cloudcroft, N.M., died Jan. 12 in Alamogordo, N.M., after a brief illness. Visitation at the church’s Fellowship Hall between 10 and 11:30 a.m. will precede the service.
A longtime resident of Hattiesburg who was active in the city’s cultural life, Janet Sue Piccinati was born in Bogalusa on July 2, 1947. She graduated in 1965 from Bogalusa High School, where she danced as a member of the school’s Paper Dolls dance team in the halftime shows of football games for which her father, Jay J. Piccinati, was the announcer. It was as a teenager that Mrs. Landry first became involved in charitable work, including the state chairmanship of a teen program of the Louisiana March of Dimes. She went on to study music at University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1968. At USM, she appeared in leading roles in summer productions of “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brigadoon” and “The Sound of Music.” Throughout her high school and college years, she was a contestant in a number of academic, civic and statewide pageants.
After her marriage in 1968 to the late Michael Juan Landry, Mrs. Landry became active in the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera as well as other cultural and civic organizations, and she was involved in the foundational efforts to bring the International Ballet Competition to Mississippi. In addition to her civic work, she later enjoyed the challenge of being a travel agent in the Hattiesburg area as a Partner of Full Service Travel Inc. Following Mr. Landry’s retirement from the Hattiesburg architectural firm of Landry and Lewis Architects, P.A., in 1999, the couple toured the United States in a motor home and decided to relocate to the mountaintop community of Cloudcroft. Mrs. Landry became an active member of both the community and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Cloudcroft.
Preceding Mrs. Landry in death are her husband, her father and her father-in-law, Juan Emmett Landry.
She is survived by her mother, Camille Foil Piccinati, of Cloudcroft; her sons, Chris (Ashley) Landry of Hattiesburg and Briant Landry of Baton Rouge; her grandsons, Tyler Landry of Vicenza, Italy, Michael Landry of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Wade Landry of Hattiesburg; her mother-in-law, Betty Landry of Hattiesburg; her brother-in-law, David (Vicky) Landry of Hattiesburg; her aunt, Frances Lee, of Clinton; and her cousins, Susan Shivers of Clinton and David L. Foil Jr. of New York.
Services are under the direction of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church of the Epiphany, P.O. Box 664, Cloudcroft, NM 88317.