Janice Shonka

Janice Carole (Witek) Shonka, October 20, 1943 – October 16, 2017.  Janice was a resident of Naperville who passed away peacefully in the presence of her family from complications of pneumonia.

Janice was born in Chicago and moved to Lisle at a young age.  She attended elementary school at St. Joan of Arc in Lisle from 1949-1957.  She went on to graduate from high school at Sacred Heart (Benet) Academy in 1961.  In 1960 she was awarded the title Miss Lisle.  In February 1979, a car accident left her confined to a wheelchair, but she  continued to live life to the fullest, relocating to Las Vegas in the 1980’s.  She returned to Lisle in 1994 to live with family before moving to her own apartment in 2001.  In 2010 she moved into Meadowbrook Manor in Naperville.

Janice enjoyed bowling, music, crocheting, painting and anything artistic.  She contributed to the conservancy of wolves.  She was very good at writing poetry.  Janice was an amazing woman who rose above the obstacles in her way, touching many lives and will be greatly missed.

Janice is survived by her siblings, Diane (Robert) Bandelow, Stanley Witek Sr., Martin (Jan) Witek; her daughters Jennie (Carel) Koch, Christine (Daren) Mazier, Laura (Paul) Baynes, and Carol-Jo Shonka; her nieces and nephew Barbara Bandelow, Sara (Tim) Sweeney, Stanley Witek Jr.; her grandchildren Stephanie, Mary, Colleen, Matthew, Adam, Katrina, Kyle, Emily, Anika, Claire and great nephew, William. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Marie Witek.

A private service will be held with the family, who wishes to thank Meadowbrook Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation and Edward Hospital for their care and support.

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  1. Carol Jo, my sympathy to you and your family.

  2. Carol Jo, I am sorry sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My heart goes out to you and I pray that you would feel warmth of Jesus’ love for you and your family during this time of mourning.

  3. Sending hugs to your whole family.

  4. Bernadette Shonka

    The greatest gift is passing into God’s own peace. My heart and prayers are with you especially at this time. A set of Gregorian Masses will be offered for Janice by the Seraphic Mass Association. Although we may not often visit during out temporal life, may we all be united in heaven in God’s own time! With deep sympathy and love, Bernadette Shonka

  5. Charles and Karen Childs

    We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences

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