Janis Marie Kovaleski

August 22, 1949 - August 13, 2023
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
8 Gillin Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29680
Tuesday 8/22, 11:00 am
Graceland East Memorial Park Mausoleum
2206 Woodruff Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 297-5516 | Map

Janis “Jan” Marie Kovaleski (née Pendergast) passed into the hands of God in her Greenville, SC home at the age of 73 with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John “Jack” K. Kovaleski; her two children, Carolyn L. “Carrie” Kovaleski-Vaughn of Greenville, SC and Benjamin “Ben” J.Continue Reading

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Carrie Kovaleski-Vaughn left a message on April 23, 2024:
Someone once told me there are no rules for grieving. Here I am, seven months later, finally feeling the affects of losing you. Not all are sad. I still feel you near, and I see you from above watching over me. Your smile and laughter assures me that all is well. I love you, Mommy. Talk with you soon.
Thomas Shaw left a message on September 10, 2023:
Kovi, Ben and Carrie, it has been several years since I have seen you but I remember the good times we had in Bloomington and the light that Jan always brought with her everywhere she went. Please accept my sincerest condolences for her loss. She was always cheerful and made a good writing partner to bounce ideas off of. We never finished the story, but she made a success of her talent. We had many good times together and I remember them all. I will always hold her friendship and yours close to my heart.
Alecia Lynn McAlister left a message on August 27, 2023:
Jack, so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. I know she was the love of your life, life partner and the mother of your children. You were loyal and faithful in caring for her especially during recent times. I am sorry, I never really got to know Jan and after viewing your tribute it is my loss. My prayers go with you as you enter this new season of life. Fond and loving memories will see you through. Ben and Carrie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother helped you to have a strong foundation and that will see you through.
Alecia Lynn McAlister left a message on August 27, 2023:
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Brad Dickerson left a message on August 22, 2023:
I remember being a stubborn teen and Jan being kind and patient enough to help me get through CCD, when I clearly wasn't interested. Jan was a kind woman in a place where kind people are very much needed. I'm so sorry for your loss of a wife, mother, grandmother and genuinely kind person. -Brad Dickerson
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Van Cawthon left a message on August 22, 2023:
Jack my friend, my heart goes out to you after learning of the loss of Janis. Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime, as I know what you are going through. ?
Bobby Hall left a message on August 20, 2023:
I am so sorry. My deepest condolences. You and family are in our prayers. Bobby Hall
Mike Baker left a message on August 19, 2023:
Kovi, Carrie, and have my deepest sympathy for your very great loss. I feel blessed to have known Jan while she was still Jan Pendergast, as she became Jan Kovaleski, and throughout the many years since. I will always remember her very quick wit and wry sense of humor. A lovely lady, Jan had a calming influence on family and friends. Karen and I are holding you in our prayers during these difficult days. With our love, Mike
Donald Dickerson left a message on August 19, 2023:
In memory of Janis Marie Kovaleski, Donald Dickerson lit a candle
Don Dickerson left a message on August 19, 2023:
You and your family have my prayers for peace at this difficult time.
Karen Mroz Olson left a message on August 19, 2023:
My sincerest condolences for you all at this time. You have my deepest sympathy. I didn’t know Janis well, I was much older than I. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time.
Benjamin Kovaleski left a message on August 18, 2023:
I love you Mom. You taught me so much throughout my life. You carried me through a lot of lows and I hope I made you proud. You will forever in my thoughts and prayers. Your loving son and family - Dareth, Savannah and Morgan
Bob & Mary Brantley left a message on August 18, 2023:
Jack & Family, Please accept our prayers & sincere sympathies for the loss of your remarkable wife,Mother, and Grandmother. May God bless all of you.
Patrick Roberts left a message on August 18, 2023:
Our deepest condolences. A beautiful account of Jan's life. - Ben's friends from St. Joe's; The Roberts Family - Rhys, Hayes, Cael, Camille, and Patrick
Leah Dickerson Morris left a message on August 17, 2023:
Jack, You and your family have my deepest condolences. I hope that the wonderful life of memories that you two have built carry you through this impossibly difficult time. You are in my thoughts, Leah
Linda Bridges left a message on August 17, 2023:
In memory of Janis Marie Kovaleski, Linda Bridges lit a candle
Owen McFadden left a message on August 16, 2023:
In memory of Janis Marie Kovaleski, Owen McFadden lit a candle
Miles Fredrick left a message on August 16, 2023:
What a marvelous story about Janis and her life. We were high school mates and obviously from reading her adventures, I was privileged to have gone to school with her and know her. So glad to know she was surrounded by a family of love and enjoyed a marvelous life. May her family rely on those outstanding memories in their time of grief. Talk about her often as others will continue to want to hear all about her. Love and prayers sent to her family.
Jackie left a message on August 16, 2023:
You have always been the love of my life. God has you in His hands. I will pray every day that we will be together again for eternity. Love you Janis Marie.
john and carol lupisella and family left a message on August 16, 2023:
Love and prayers for the entire Kovaleski family during this difficult time
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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