Mrs. Joanne R. (Howe) Janovsky
Andover, formerly of Longmeadow - Joanne (Howe) Janovsky, 90, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at Bridges by EPOCH assisted living facility in Andover, Mass., on Sept. 25, 2019. Joanne and her husband Dr. Carl Janovsky were longtime residents of Longmeadow, Mass.

During her lifetime Joanne was very involved in volunteer and civic work, including leadership roles in the Hampden District Medical Society Auxiliary and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a devoted and active member of her church. Following a family tradition she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for decades, and was proud to be called "The Story Lady" for her skill at making Bible stories come alive for her students. A prolific writer, Joanne's memoirs of her childhood in Syracuse, N.Y., and her humorous stories and poetry entertained friends and family alike. Joanne enjoyed all forms of needlecraft, was an avid reader, and loved spending as much time as possible with her family at their cottage in Jaffrey, N.H.

Joanne is survived by her husband Carl of Andover, Mass.; her children Joel Janovsky and his wife Amy of Andover, Mass., Carol Holmes and her husband William of Naperville, Ill., Jane Janovsky of South Hadley, Mass.; and grandchildren Kevin Holmes, Melanie Holmes and her husband Ryan Ande, David Janovsky; and a sister, Elizabeth Miller and her husband Loren of Auburn, N.Y. She was predeceased by her siblings, Charles Howe and Marilou Leonard.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanne's memory may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church. For additional information, please visit
Published on October 3, 2019


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2 posts

Martha Holmes Korneisel
Oct 13, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. May god bless you all during this time and grant you his peace. I am Bill Holmes' sister.
Kelly Warren
Oct 02, 2019
Your mom was a very nice and kind women. I loved helping her and Carl in the dinning room at Glenmeadow. She will be missed.