Obituary of Janet Marilyn Pecoraro
Obituary of Janet Marilyn Pecoraro
With great love and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Janet Marilyn Pecoraro, She was welcomed home into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity on Sunday, July 23, 2023.
She is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Raymond, of 71 years; her 4 devoted sons, Raymond (Sue), Richard (Gail), Ronald (Beth), and Robert (Margarita); her 12 beloved grandchildren, Nate (Jennifer), Gina (Emmanuel), Joseph (Ashley), Maria (Blake), Anthony (Christina), Robert II (Marleena), Raphael (Gina), Michael (Courtney), Rita, Alyssa, Mikaela, and Kenneth; and her most favorite 18 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Aubrey, Brody, Emmanuel Junior, Robert III, Connor, Ana Janet, Coraline, Ellyana, Carter Joseph, Evelyn, Eniya, Noelle, Quinn, Brooklyn; Ryan, Jayce, and Raymond. She tremendously and unconditionally loved her family, including her parents, siblings, pets, and friends who preceded her passing. Her spirit is carried on by all of us who love her, including extended family of relations and friends.
Our mom, grandma, and great grandma was a model of dignity, strength, and encouragement and, by example, taught us to treat everyone with respect and individual attention. Her love of the family was immense and showed in every way in what she did. She never had a bitter word about anyone and loved life to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. She loved being with her grandchild, children, and great-grandchildren. She loved them and catered to them very much. Her love shown through her family by their commitment to each other.
Janet's journey began in the bustling streets of Bronx, New York, on April 6, 1931, the cherished daughter of George Tiedemann and Mary Cavanaugh. She was the youngest of six siblings, and from a young age, her spirit radiated warmth, kindness, and an unparalleled love for family.
In the beautiful and fateful year of 1945, Janet's life took a remarkable turn when she met Raymond, the love of her life, who would become her husband of 71 incredible years. Their love story unfolded most unexpectedly, with a birthday invitation that sparked a connection that would stand the test of time. While walking down the street with a friend, two local boys approached them. Janet’s friend invited one of the boys to Janet’s upcoming 14th birthday party, to which the other boy interjected that if he could also attend, his friend would go. That other boy was Raymond, who would later break her favorite record at Janet’s birthday party, thus beginning the most extraordinary love story of our time.
Janet and Raymond were married on June 6, 1952. Janet and Raymond embraced the joys and challenges of marriage and were blessed with four sons. Her devotion to her family knew no bounds, and her unwavering support and love were the foundation that bound them together through the years. She shared a beautiful bond with her husband, Raymond, who was her constant companion and the love of her life. Their playful banter, unbreakable bond, and deep affection for each other were evident to all who knew them.
As her sons grew older, Janet and Raymond embarked on countless adventures together, exploring every corner of the world, visiting continents, and immersing themselves in the beauty and culture of different lands. Later in life, they traveled with their beloved granddaughter Rita, becoming a traveling trio on many adventures.
When her sons married, Grandma Janet did not have daughters-in-law; she welcomed them as daughters into her home when they married her sons. She was affectionately known as “Mom” to sons and their wives alike.
Janet's most cherished role began in the 1980s when she earned the endearing title of "Grandma Janet." Her eldest grandson Nate observed, “As far back as I can remember, she was there. Some of my happiest memories as a child are being with my grandparents. The early morning smells of fresh tomato sauce and the early evenings of Jeopardy.
Talking about life and what comes next, I am grateful she could see my family and hold her great-grandson. Never has there been a better matriarch.” She relished the moments spent with her grandchildren and later rejoiced in the company of her great-grandchildren. Her heart swelled with pride as she attended their events, celebrating their accomplishments and milestones, whether near or far. They visited countless graduations and celebrated their grandchildren’s IT, education, and law degrees. They celebrated several weddings, welcoming new members to the family. Grandma Janet did not believe in “in-laws” or “stepchildren” but embraced every new member as family. One grandson-in-law recounted how Grandma Janet embraced him as her grandson and how she was his Grandma as well. Children who came into the family were welcomed as grandchildren.
Janet's sweet and gentle soul touched everyone she encountered. Her love for life, her family, and her faith in the Lord were unwavering. A devout Catholic, she found solace and strength in her prayers, praying to our Blessed Mother by faithfully reciting the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. A parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus for almost 60 years, Janet saw several of her grandchildren attend HNJ school, where everyone knew her as Grandma Janet and where grandchildren and great-grandchildren received their sacraments.
Janet was an incredible woman who embraced every moment with grace, always elegantly dressed and ready to offer comfort and love to those in her embrace. Janet had a particular fondness for dachshunds, and her love for her furry friends brought her much joy. She had a sweet tooth for chocolate shakes and ice cream, and her famous scoop of ice cream with colored sugar became a cherished tradition passed down to her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Her granddaughter Maria observed, “I have so many fond memories of baking with Grandma in the kitchen, from cakes to Irish Soda Bread. There was something so magical about living so close to Grandma and enjoying ice cream with her, even before dinner! God blessed us with the most wonderful woman.”
As we bid an earthly farewell to Janet, we take comfort in knowing she leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, and family. She believed that family meant family, and she welcomed every addition to her fold with open arms, treating all as her own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. May a flight of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Our hearts ache at the loss of this incredible woman, but her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those she loved. Janet Marilyn Pecoraro will be deeply missed but fondly remembered as a beacon of love and a pillar of strength in our family forever.
Rest in peace, our beloved Grandma Janet, as you reunite with those who have gone before you, knowing that your love and light will forever guide us as we honor your memory and tell your story for generations to come. We are truly blessed for her loving us so much.
One of her final wishes was to support St. Jude’s and all the families they help. These donations will be in lieu of flowers… planting seeds in a garden of hope and healing for the future. https://raise.stjude.org/fundraiser/4818024
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Time: Aug 1, 2023 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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