Janet M. (Borgal) Wharf

  • Born: October 21, 1936
  • Died: February 14, 2021
  • Location: Georgetown, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Janet M. (Borgal) Wharf, resident of Georgetown, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at a Woburn healthcare facility. She was 84.

Janet was born in Wakefield, October 21, 1936, daughter of the late George Borgal and Marie (Bissett) Borgal. Janet attended Wakefield public schools and was a former resident of Saugus, MA.

Janet was first and foremost a mother to four boys. She worked as a bank teller at Pioneer Bank for many years. Janet was her happiest while surrounded by family and friends. The holidays and times spent at Balch Lake were her times of joy. She was passionate about life and family. She enjoyed gardening, dancing and her luncheons while playing a few rounds of Keno. She loved watching her New England sports teams and rooted louder than most. A sunset boat cruise at the lake with her favorite cocktail in hand surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and don't forget her grand puppy Bentley. Her world was her family, and she was proud of every one of them and them of her.

Janet leaves her beloved companion James Vincent Barbaro. She was also a loving wife to the late Reginald Richards and the late Neal Wharf. Devoted mother of Kevin Richards and his companion Monica Chouinard of Georgetown, Barry Richards and his late companion Jane Hockman of Scituate, David Richards and his wife Beth of Plaistow, NH, and Paul Wharf and his companion Debbie Inglesi of Franklin, MA. Dear sister of the late Nancy Sawyer and her husband Donald of Berwick, ME, Thomas W. Borgal and his wife Valerie of Tewksbury, and Donald C. Borgal and his wife Mary of Houston, TX and many nieces and nephews as well as her childhood friend Jane Smalley of Lisbon, NH. Cherished grandmother of Kristen Richards and Gregory Richards and his wife Mariana, and ever so proud great-grandmother of Sienna and Xander Richards and her beloved grand puppy Bentley.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours at Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, Feb. 19 from 4-7pm. All attendees are required to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and pay their respects and exit the Funeral Home promptly to allow other guests to enter. A limited number of guests will be allowed in the building at one time. Janet's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Saturday at 1pm. Interment will be private.

If you are unable to attend, you may watch the funeral as it will be live streamed. Please click on the link on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1pm: https://my.gather.app/remember/janet-wharf

If you wish, donations in her memory can be made to your local non-kill animal shelter.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Auntie Jan, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I will miss our weekly conversations before me speaking to Uncle Vinny. I love you!

Posted by Ruth Johnston - Wakefield, MA - Family   February 21, 2021

We will keep Jan in our prayers and thoughts
God Bless

Posted by Bill & Donna Medugno - Salem, NH - Family Friend   February 20, 2021

Dear Paul and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. Janet was such a lovely woman and a great mother as evidenced by her sons. We will miss her. The Fenton Family

Posted by Kathleen Fenton Fenton - Methuen, MA - Family Friend   February 19, 2021

Paul & Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Your Shady Nook friends, Janice & Tom MacVaugh

Posted by Tom & Janice MacVaugh - Shady Nook, West Newfield, ME - Friend   February 18, 2021


So sorry for loss the boys are going thru. Always making us laugh. You will be missed.
Ann Stump

Posted by Ann Stump - Virginia Beach, VA - Family   February 17, 2021

We loved going over to your house as teenagers, the cookouts were the best. Auntie Janet, you were always so sweet and thoughtful! May you Rest In Peace. All my love, Diane. ❤

Posted by Diane Pennock - Andover, MA - Family   February 17, 2021


Janet, you were like a 2nd mother to me and you will be certainly missed by myself and my wife Agnes. You were always outside to send Kevin and I off to the Patriots games and always made me feel right at home. I was so happy to see you on Skype last month, so I have a living memory of you. RIP: Love you Robert and Agnes Clark

Posted by Robert Clark - Georgetown, MA - Family Friend   February 16, 2021

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