Janet Mary Jankowski (nee Hoge) triumphantly completed her earthly journey on June 6, 2021.
Although she is native of Milwaukee, WI, Janet often lauded her time spent living in California, including her sharp recollection of playing the bongos on Venice Beach. Those closest to her knew she was always only a phone call away, regardless of the circumstance, and that’s not just because she drove with the heaviest of lead feet.
Fun fact, Janet didn’t “officially” get a driver’s license until 1997, despite being born in 1941.
Her legacy will be proudly carried on through her close-knit family, and she wouldn’t want it any other way. Janet took pride and solace knowing that her children all live within minutes of one another and were all present during the final stretch of her life.
John Sandvik (Lori), her eldest son, visited often, ensuring that his Mom always had her affairs in order. Kelly Mace, her eldest daughter, took Janet to weekly Friday night dinners, often sharing the crazy stories they’d discuss with her other siblings.
Then there are the twins, Kimberly Kapke (Kenny) and Kristie Sontic (Tomislav). Their unbreakable bond was learned from the love of their mother. Both cared for Janet, cooking and cleaning at her apartment, essentially repaying her for the years of parent-teacher conferences and double trouble caused by raising “the twins.”
Finally, if anything ever needed fixing, or Janet’s car needed a jump on Christmas morning, the baby of the family, her youngest son Matthew was always there. No job was too big or small when it came to his Mother.
Janet was also known as “Gramma” for the past 34 years. She is forever beloved by her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Melissa, Tony, Nick, MacKenzie, Madeline, Jasen and Melina all mourn the loss of Gramma, but will continue to carry her strong legacy.
A private celebration of Janet’s life will be held by the family. You can memorialize Janet by spreading positivity, playing computer games and enjoying your next morning coffee or cigarette.