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Janina M Wojtkun, 97, a longtime resident of Lakewood Falls, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota.
Born Janina Mary Betley in 1919 in Andover, Mass., she moved to Roxbury and graduated from Girls High School in Boston in 1934. She worked as a clerk at various stores in the Boston area in the years before the World War II. Janina actively supported the soldiers and sailors during the war, and in 1944 married Lt.Cdr. (Dr.) Bruno S. Wojtkun, a Naval Officer.
After the war, she moved to Andover where she raised her family of nine children. She was active in numerous church and community activities. Janina, an artist by heart, pursued her dreams by taking up painting, rug braiding, and china painting. Janina summered at Hampton Beach, N.H., and moved there in the late 1980s. Several years later upon the retirement of her husband, she moved to Sarasota. Janina loved good food, water aerobics, and socializing, enjoyed going to on trips with the church and friends, and had a wonderful smile that could light up a room.
She is survived by her sister, Genevieve; and brother, Walter; daughters, Cathy, Janina, Christina, Maribeth, and Suzie; and sons, Gregory, Peter, and Paul; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One son, Joseph, predeceased her. All brought great joy to her over the years.
Memorial gifts in her name may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.
A Mass of Intent will be held 8 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243. A Ceremony of Commitment will follow at 8:45 a.m. on the church grounds.
Published on  January 13, 2017
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