Jane Ellen Janasz

Jane E. Janasz, 77, of Prairie Village, KS passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at her home.  


Jane was born January 9, 1940 to the late Arthur and Helen Fittro in Clarksburg, WV.  She spent her childhood in Fostoria, OH until enlisting in the United States Marines in 1958.  While serving in the Marines, Jane married the love of her life V.S. “Bud” Janasz on April 25, 1959.  After leaving the military Jane settled in Kansas City to raise a family.  She also ran an in-home daycare for over thirty years from the family home.  Jane dedicated her life raising her family and caring for her daycare children like they were her own.  After retiring from childcare, she spent her time hosting garage sales and managing estate sales.  Jane was known for her joyous demeanor and positive attitude. 


She is preceded in death by her husband Bud Janasz; two brothers David and Jim Fittro; and sister, Marge Hurley. 


Jane is survived by a daughter, Marie Caldwell and husband Michael; three sons, Steven Janasz and wife Shelly; Philip Janasz and wife Leslie; Paul Brian Janasz and girlfriend, Alicia Pettey-Brown; a sister, Mary Tyree; five grandchildren, Bret Caldwell, Rhiannon Caldwell, Jessica Janasz, Riley Janasz and Ramsey Janasz.  


Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, August 10 at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee.  A celebration of Jane’s life will follow at 11 a.m.  She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Corinth Cemetery. 

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; 9720 W. 87th St.; Overland Park, KS, 66212.

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Monday, Aug. 7th 2017 | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Jane Ellen Janasz”

  1. Julie Houston Coker Says:

    Dear Janasz Family,
    Your mom was so joyous and laughed easily. She always brought a smile to our faces. Anyone that can care for that many kids (the childcare) must have a heart of gold. She will be missed.

    Keeping you in my thoughts as you face the week ahead.

    Julie & Steve Coker

  2. Craig Lewis Says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Jane’s passing. Being in her home was as natural for me as being in my own. She was like a second mom to me and to all the children she cared for. Her kids were my earliest baby sitters, and according to my family lore, her dog Spicey taught me to walk. She remained special as I grew up, a first stop on every Halloween (she always told me she would recognize me with a paper bag on my head so I would try to fool her), an honored guest at my Bar-Mitzvah, and she even came to my engagement party. I am so glad that Paul Brian reached out to me on Facebook a couple years ago and asked if I along with other of her “alumni” would call with birthday wishes. I got to hear her sweet voice and one-of-a-kind laugh, to tell her about my own family, and to tell her what she meant to me. The best was hearing her say she was proud of me. Thoughts of Jane still to this day trigger fond memories and warm my heart.

    My prayers are with Steve, Phil, Tony, and Paul-Brian and all of your loved ones. She was a special lady, and you family will always be tied to mine in so many ways. May Jane’a memory always be for a blessing.

    Sending much love,

    Craig Lewis

  3. Jane Male Says:

    Steve, Shelly and all the family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a sweet, sweet lady. Love and prayers are being sent to you. Love, Jane

  4. Dwane Wills, Olathe Library Volunteer Says:

    Steve and families,
    Condolences on the passing of Jane Ellen your mother, sister, and grandmother. Interesting Jane was former Marine, and 30 years of day care.

  5. Pat knox Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about Jane’s passing. I hope everyone else is doing well.
    Love, Aunt Pat Knox and family

  6. Mindy Owens Says:

    Our prayers continue for Jane’s family. We had the privilege of taking our daughter to Jane and Bud’s home for daycare and Jane definitely molded the character of our youngest! The favorite activity was playing restaurant where Jane would make 5 different lunches for the kids! There was always laughter, joy, and fun, not to mention “Jane’s Park” behind their house where we are now taking our grandkids! She will be missed but I know a legacy of love remains in all of you. Take good care.
    Mindy and Steve Owens and family

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