MaryLynn Joann Janetopoulos (nee Onesto), 81, a 50-year resident of Brookfield, died on July 25, 2018.
Born on August 17, 1936, Ms. Janetopoulos was a loving wife and super-mom, but she was selfless and generous to so many others as well. You may have known her as MaryLynn, Mary, Mar, Marilyn, Sissy, Da’Mama Jano, Mrs. Jano, Mrs. J, MJ, Gram, Grandma, or even “Auntie Grandma.”
She was a tax preparer, election judge, bowler, PTA mom, homeroom mother, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, Eucharistic minister to the sick, founding member of her women’s stock club, and the list goes on. Most importantly, she was the glue that connected her family near and far.
In recent years Ms. Janetopoulos was stripped of many of her physical abilities, and more recently, she fought hard to stay with us. She never once complained about her struggle with Parkinson’s or cancer. Her mental acuteness, love, and spirit were unwavering until her final days. She will be loved and missed by so many.
Ms. Janetopoulos was the wife of James Janetopoulos Sr.; the mother of Christopher (Elena) Janetopoulos, Joanne Janetopoulos, James (Julie) Janetopoulos Jr. and Julie (Jeffery) Lauksmen; the grandmother of Genevieve Janetopoulos, Margaret Janetopoulos, Leonardo Lauksmen and Lilliana Lauksmen; the sister of David (Melissa) Onesto and the late Michael J. (Alice) Onesto Sr.; the aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews; godmother of many; and a friend of many.
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 at St. Louise de Marillac Church, with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family appreciates memorials to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5014 or to Susan G. Komen, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield handled arrangements.