Janice Williams Drobnak, 78 of Southampton, NJ passed away peacefully on Thursday at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Voorhees, NJ. She is survived by her husband, Donald. The couple were together for 60 years and married for 56 years.
Born in Scranton, Janice was the daughter of the late Giraldus and Margaret Craven Williams. She graduated from West Scranton High School in 1958 and was a member of St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine Basilica, Scranton.
Janice worked at the International Salt Company in Clarks Summit before marrying her high school sweetheart Donald George Drobnak and raising a family. A dedicated wife, mother and grandma, she was known for her love of family, friends, Penn State football, and animated discussions about religion and politics over a warm cup of tea.
She was a talented writer and artist with a brilliant mind, returning to college at age 60 to receive an Associate Degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences with honors from her beloved Penn State. She pursued a real estate career later in life and joined her husband as a realtor for E.R.A. One Source Realty in Clarks Summit.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, trips to the shore, swimming, and dinner dates at the diner.
She is also survived by her daughter Cathy Markel and husband William of Sicklerville, NJ and daughter Sharon Maffei and husband Ronald of Marlton, NJ; grandchildren Sarah Markel and Luca Maffei; her sisters Diane Parks and husband John of San Diego, CA and Barbara Kimmich and husband Jack of Kennesaw, GA; and brothers David Williams and wife Mary of Naples, FL and Gerald Williams and wife Michelle of Naples, FL; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be Wednesday from Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, 157 S. Main Ave. Scranton, Carl J. Savino, supervisor with a 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine Basilica, St. Ann St., Scranton.
Inurnment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Wednesday morning at the funeral home from 8:30am-9:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Samaritan Center at Vorhees, 265 NJ-73, Vorhees Township, NJ 08043 or American Heart Association, PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049
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The Samaritan Center at Vorhees
265 NJ-73, Vorhees Township NJ 08043
American Heart Association
PO Box 3049, Syracuse NY 13220-3049