It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our Mom, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Surrounded at her bedside by her loving family at Welland General Hospital, Janet passed away on April 12, 2018 at the age of 82. Survived by her sons Bill and wife Kathy, daughter Carol and husband Steve, Kevin and wife Shelley, and Bob and wife Helen. Loving Grandma to her nine grandchildren Kate (Sean), Chris (Keighty), Brett (Ailyn), Bernadette, Hannah, Fiona, Claire, Kerstyne, and Robert. Great Grandma to four beautiful little ones... Will, Luke, Aszlyn, and Hannaniah. Janet is predeceased by her parents Dorothy and Stan Leslie, and her loving and devoted husband Bill.
Mom was a remarkable woman...a single child who lost her mother early in life, she was raised by her grandparents, married early in life, and had 4 children under the age of 5 by her 23 rd birthday. Living next door on Knoll Street, she was an important support to her in-laws and the Weaver family. There are many happy memories of Sunday drives around the Niagara peninsula in the ’64 Ford station wagon always finished off with a stop to visit Serge at the Dairy Queen for a Dilly Bar or a chocolate dipped cone. What about those Knoll Street basement parties, homemade Christmas chocolates, her homemade quilts, her delicious canned pickles, the hundreds of knitted sweaters and socks, boxes of licorice pipes and cigars, Saturday nights at the Humberstone Speedway, and the Sunday roast beef dinners? Camping trips in the world’s best homemade canvas-top trailer, often to Byng park in Dunnville, while Dad pulled an afternoon shift at John Deere were a summer staple. She passed on her love of vegetable and flower gardening to her kids and grandkids. She lost the love of her life prematurely, but one cannot forget the 4 successful children she raised and supported. Mom’s intelligence was passed down through each of us. She had a small but very close circle of friends in her later years and she was always surrounded by family and family events. Until the very end she remained an independent woman who developed great savvy on the computer screen, drove her little black Ford Focus, and spent much time with her beloved ‘Cinnamon’. This is the very definition of a life well-lived. She will be deeply missed by every life she touched.
“ Your tomorrow will start without me,
But I have not left you.
smile and know,
That I will always be in your heart”
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place with arrangements to the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne.
A family celebration of Mom’s life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Welland-Branch#4 at 383 Morningstar Avenue on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. There will be a private interment of cremated remains at a later date.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or a charity of your choice.