Janzen, Barbara (Patterson) - March 12, 1943 - July 8, 2021
It is with great and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara Janzen of Milton, Ontario. Barb was many things to many people.
Barb was a devoted wife. She married Allen in 1966 but refused to be referred to as Mrs. Allen Janzen, she was Mrs. Barbara Janzen. Al was the absolute love of her life and soulmate. Together, they set the example of a happy marriage. This year, they celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage together.
Barb was the furiously proud mom of her two sons, Brad (Wendy) and Craig (Kristen) and simply adored her daughters-in-law. She was the perfect mom; her boys could not have asked for a better mom.
Barb was a loving, fun grandma to her four grandchildren: Jacob, Fiona, Ryan and Courtney. She simply beamed when talking about her grandkids and always wanted to have fun with them. They were lucky to have her as grandma.
Barb was a sister and aunt. Barb and her sister Glenna were close lifetime friends until Glenna’s passing. These ladies had tremendous fun together. Barb loved her niece Michelle (Dan) and nephew Jason.
Barb was a warm, generous, kind friend. She and Al developed a close friendship with Marie and Jim Kohli in the early 1970s, a friendship that has persisted since then. Marie and Jim became “family” and their children (Michele, Chris and Lisa) were like nieces and a nephew to her. Barb was a woman that you could not help but like. She had many, many friends and the circle continued to expand wherever she went.
Barb loved to host parties and would use almost any excuse to hold one. She would invite family and friends, the more, the merrier. The August long weekend pool party was usually the biggest and most extravagant, but Christmas was a close second. She always worried that there would not be enough food. That was never the case.
Barb was a dedicated nurse. She graduated from the Hamilton General Hospital as an RN and worked in many settings, but found her true passion when she started providing seniors’ care, first as a manager for a home care agency, later working in assisted living facilities in Halton and then serving as the president of the board of the Milton Seniors Activity Centre. She saw the humanity in everyone and would strenuously argue for better care and support for seniors.
Barb was a world traveller. She and Al often went with their close friends Marie and Jim. Barb looked forward to these voyages and delighted in telling the stories of their adventures and near mishaps - particularly where the “Kohli Factor” was at play. Barb loved sitting in exotic locations with a drink in hand absorbing the local culture.
Barb was a life-long student, always taking courses and studying something. She was never satisfied with an “A”, also excelling to do better.
Barb was all these things and so much more. Barb passed away peacefully on July 8, 2021, at the Milton District Hospital after a lengthy battle with dementia. Dr. Dudley and the nursing staff were so kind and made sure she was comfortable. Before being admitted to hospital, the staff at the Allendale Long Term Care were excellent and looked after Barb in a compassionate and caring way.
Her passing is a great loss to us all. She will be missed, but we know she is now with her mom and dad, her sister (Glenna), brother-in-law (Steve) and her nephew (Jason).
Visitors will be received on Friday July 16, 2021, at J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James St. Milton from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Due to Covid restrictions all visitors must pre-register to attend. Please call the funeral home at 905-878-2669 to reserve a time. A private service will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer Society | Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton. https://www.alzhn.ca/get-involved/donate/in-memoriam/