Former Soldotna resident Joyce H. Janota died, Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Alaska Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. She was 71.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Her ashes will be scattered over the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon where she loved to deer hunt.
Mrs. Janota was born July 18, 1930, in Grant, Neb. She moved to Anchorage in 1973 where she lived until 1979 when she moved to Soldotna. She was a bartender in numerous places in Anchorage and Soldotna. Then in 1988, she bought the J-Bar-B Club in Soldotna. She owned and operated it for eight years before selling it in 1995 when she retired.
Some of her hobbies included reading, gardening, camping, fishing, clam digging, cooking for family members and traveling down to the lower 48 to visit.
Mrs. Janota loved the outdoors. When living in Oregon she loved to camp and deer hunt. Then when coming to Alaska she still camped, loved to dig for clams and fish. One of her favorite things about Alaska was the mountains. She would get up every morning to look in awe at the beautiful landscape.
She had many friends and was loved by all her family. She was a gifted cook and shared her talent with everyone who walked through the door. She had a sense of humor to the very end that will remain with all who came in contact with her.
"She was a very down to earth and loving person," her family said. "She would give the shirt off her back to anyone who came along needing one."
Mrs. Janota is survived her husband, Sonny Janota of Soldotna; daughter, Renee Janota of Wales, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Jerri and Michael Chivers of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, John and Magaly Janota of Virginia Beach, Va.; sister-in-law, Nell Henderson of Bend, Ore.; sister and brother-in-law, Tiz and Herb Harold of Colville, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Norm and Jody Henderson of Salem, Ore.; grandchildren Travis, Trenton and Kellyn Beish of Wales, Mich.; Makayla and Dain Chivers of Kenai; Jared and Jacob Janota of Virginia Beach; great-granddaughter, Melysa Beish of Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Peninsula General Hospital, c/o Kathy Lopeman for Oncology for the Peninsula, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907)262-0753.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home.
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