Patricia Louise "Pat" Janacek, widow of the Rev. Robert N. Janacek, died July 3, 2018, from complications of Alzheimer's.
Pat was born January 20, 1931, to Nanny and Bruce Bonner in Atlasburg, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble town of oil drilling and coal mining. Upon graduating from high school, Pat moved to Cleveland with one of her sisters, Marie Bonner, to work and save for college, later enrolling in Eastern Nazarene College in Quincey, Mass., intending to become a social worker.
While she was studying at ENC she met Robert Norman "Bob" Janacek, who was studying to become a minister. They married on 25 June 1955. Marriage poses numerous unexpected challenges for everyone, but a particular one that Pat had to face was becoming a "minister's wife" and all that entailed for women of her generation. She met those challenges with grace and aplomb. She was attentive, gracious, hospitable and above all, exceedingly kind. Her home was intentionally designed for family and friends to feel welcome and comfortable.
While she worked at various positions to help support her family, most notably at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Pa., having never completed her college degree, she never pursued a professional career. That fact never daunted her.
Early in her life, Pat fell in love with culture -- particularly antiques, art, and music. Pat was particularly interested in American colonial history and collected antiques from that era assiduously throughout her life. She loved finding antiques in need of restoration. Her spinning wheel, dating to the 18th Century, was proudly positioned in every home she decorated. She knew the purpose and use of every antique she acquired and if she did not, she researched the artifact herself.
Pat loved art, especially the paintings of Vincent van Gogh. She tried to see as many of his paintings as she possibly could, once traveling with Bob to Washington, DC and braving a long line in the cold to see a particularly renowned exhibit of van Gogh's work.
The most enduring love she had was music. A gifted alto herself, she loved a wide range of music -- everything from symphonic music to Glen Campbell and Bob Seger. Even as her condition robbed her of virtually every joy she had, almost to her last days on this earth she sang along with the music played in Harmony Circle of Laurelbrooke Landing, the assisted living facility she lived since March 2017.
Above all, Pat was a woman of profound faith in God and a truly devoted wife and mother. She supported Bob's ministry tangibly and intangibly for her entire married life when his ministry led him to churches in Kentucky, Nebraska, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She valued hard work and living up to commitments made. Her faith sustained her throughout the course of her life and the joys she experienced in church visiting the infirm, preparing meals for bereaved families, babysitting members' children and other numerous gifts she shared sustained her as much as they did others. Even after Bob retired from the ministry, Pat continued to be an active lay person in the church where she and Bob worshipped, attending to shut ins, in particular when they were living in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, especially by her three surviving children and their families, R. Mark Janacek of Columbus, Ohio, Bruce Norman Janacek of Oak Park, Ill., and her daughter, Cheryl Lynn (Kevin) McIntyre of Oro Valley, Ariz., and her six grandchildren: her three granddaughters, Brittany M. (Jim) Perry, Kelsey Lynn McIntyre and Kimberly M. Janacek and three grandsons, Michael C. Janacek, Jeffrey (Adrienne) Janacek and Alex R. McIntyre.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and father to her children, Bob and five of her siblings, as well as her parents.
Family and friends were received at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home and at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville, where a funeral service was held July 10. Interment was at the Meade Chapel Cemetery, Knox Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com.