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Mrs. Joanne (Howe) Janovsky
September 25, 2019


Joanne (Howe) Janovsky, 90, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away at Bridges by EPOCH assisted living facility in Andover, MA on September 25, 2019. Joanne and her husband Dr. Carl Janovsky were long-time residents of Longmeadow, MA.

During her lifetime Joanne was very involved in volunteer and civic work, including leadership roles in the Hampden District Medical Society Auxiliary and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a devoted and active member of her church. Following a family tradition she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for decades, and was proud to be called “The Story Lady” for her skill at making Bible stories come alive for her students. A prolific writer, Joanne’s memoirs of her childhood in Syracuse, NY and her humorous stories and poetry entertained friends and family alike. Joanne enjoyed all forms of needlecraft, was an avid reader, and loved spending as much time as possible with her family at their cottage in Jaffrey, NH.

Joanne is survived by her husband Carl of Andover, MA, her children Joel Janovsky and his wife Amy of Andover, MA, Carol Holmes and her husband William of Naperville, IL, Jane Janovsky of South Hadley, MA; and grandchildren Kevin Holmes, Melanie Holmes and her husband Ryan Ande, David Janovsky; and a sister, Elizabeth Miller and her husband Loren of Auburn, NY.  She was predeceased by her siblings Charles Howe and Marilou Leonard.    

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on November 2nd at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. For additional information, please visit,

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Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home
390 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810