February 23, 1941 - September 25, 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017 8:34 AM
So sorry for you loss, but you have so many happy memories.
Dave & Cindy Jackson (Marengo, IL)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:50 PM
Dearest Cindy & Tim, what an amazing Mother Janet was to you as well as to Me!! As you know, I'd stay over night for days & even Summer Months because my parents knew she loved Me as her own. Your family exposed me to a whole other world like snow mobile riding & escaping to that fun filled cabin. I felt so special when Janet made me that Raggedy Ann doll & even kept it until I got married! Thank you for sharing her w/the Neighborhood & Me cuz she definitely was Carpentersville's Mom. xoxo
Cindy Santiago Leos (Kailua, HI)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:02 PM
Karen said we can share our favorite memories of Janet with you. Here are some of ours:
I remember how thoughtful it was 22 years ago that my bridal shower was hosted at Aunt Janet's community center. Everything was so beautiful and I remember being so scared with all the people there!!! I still use the beautiful hand made pottery dishes that Aunt Janet gave at the shower, including a sunflower dish and carrot tray. I have seriously used.them every week for 22 years!! Each time I do, it reminds me about how much time it must have taken Aunt Janet to make them and how she was.always so nice to me.
When Kevin and I first got married, I remember Aunt Janet inviting me to her house and letting me pick out Christmas things so that Kevin and my first Christmas together wouldn't be so bare. She was a very giving person like this.
Our boys also remember Aunt Janet at bedtime when we read the books she gave Kyle & Corey when they were first born. She gave as a year long series, where we got new books each month. They have become our favorites, especially the one called 'Mommy, Do You Still Love Me." The story is about this fat mama hen with a cute baby chick who is always messy, loud, and comes in last place when he races the other chicks. Each time he asks, "Mommy do you still love me?". The fat mama hen says , "Sometimes you make me mad, and sometimes you make me sad, but I will always love you because you are my little chick." ?? Then the baby chick replies, "even when I look like this?", and he sticks out his tongue saying "blaba-blaba". The mama hen says yes and and they laugh and hug together. This story reminds me of all the laughter and silliness that the Carlson girls and their families have. This book, among many that Aunt Janet gave us, reminds me of her love, her laugh and her sense of humor.
These are just a few examples of the things I remember Aunt Janet doing to make me and my sweet family feel loved.
Heidi True (Woodinville, WA)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:11 PM
Cindy, when I think about your mom I see here puttering around her little galley kitchen with us sitting on the other side of the counter bar waiting for whatever she was fixing for our snack or her being our willing audience as we did gymnastics and practiced to be future cheerleaders in the front yard. She was the best. Cherish all the memories. Love you
Amy Hostetler Nossaman (Pella, IA)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:56 PM
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