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Dorothy Elizabeth Janaskie

August 18, 2020

Dorothy Elizabeth Janaskie, 96, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania passed peacefully into death on August 16, 2020.  The daughter of Nicholas and Hazel Merolli, Dorothy was born on September 2, 1923 in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. She was married for 61 years to her devoted husband, Charles F. Janaskie, Jr. who preceded her in death on May 2, 2010. 


Dorothy’s family was the central focus of her life. Her love of her brother, five sisters, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren knew no bounds. She was the consummate hostess of many joyous holiday celebrations and family meals shared around her table. For Dorothy, there was no such thing as too much sugar for her beloved grandchildren and she never passed on the opportunity to give candy to them. Dorothy enjoyed tending to the roses and flowers in her garden and baking pizzelles. Dorothy found comfort in the teachings of Jesus Christ and was a faithful member of the Catholic Church.


After graduating from Coal Township High School, Dorothy and Charles successfully ran a home remodeling and construction business for more than 40 years. Both Dorothy and Charles took great pride in the many cabins they constructed. Most of all, Dorothy enjoyed being a homemaker and building a life of love for her children.


Dorothy now joins her parents, six siblings, husband, and her oldest son, Charles F. Janaskie III in peace in heaven. Her family has no doubt that she and Charles III are sharing a smile and a laugh, cruising with the top down in his convertible.


Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Deborah Cochran and husband William; and her son, Paul Janaskie and wife Jennifer. She was adored by her five grandchildren: Shawn Cochran (Vanessa), Shelby Kaufman (Brian), Nicholas Janaskie, Amelia Janaskie, and Joseph Janaskie. She was the proud great-grandmother of Willow, Fiona, Charlie and Genevieve; and dearest Aunt Dot to numerous nieces and nephews.


A private funeral service will be celebrated on August 26, 2020.  Extended family and friends are requested to join in spirit for a moment of prayer and reflection at 11:00 a.m. on August 26.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time for all to commemorate her life and legacy.


Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18701, or online at www.alz.org


Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821.

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