Janet G. Nordlinger, 65, a resident of Washington since 1935 who was active in service, cultural and church organizations, died of cancer Tuesday at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Nordlinger, who was born in Richmond and grew up there, was an amateur artist and sculptor and was particularly noted among her friends for her skill at needlework. During World War II, she was a volunteer art teacher in the D.C. public school system. At the same time, she was a psychiatric assistant in veterans wards as a representative of the Council of Jewish Women.

In the years after the war, Mrs. Nordlinger taught needlework and knitting at the Florence Crittenton Home. She also was a volunteer at the Bombay Chest, a store that is run by the Jewish Social Service Agency.

Mrs. Nordlinger also was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and several of its service groups, the Smithsonian Associates, the Woodmont Country Club and the City Tavern Club.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard I. Nordinger of Washington; a daughter, Marion N. Katz of Silver Spring; a son, Thomas L., of Bethesda; one brother, Meyer Greentree II of Richmond, and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Jewish Social Service Agency, the Florence Crittenton Home, or to a charity or religious denomination of one's choice.