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Mary M. Janov


April 24, 2019

RAMSAY, Mich. - Mary M. Janov, 93, formerly a longtime resident of Ramsay, passed away peacefully Monday, April 22, 2019.

She was born on June 26, 1925, in Anvil, a daughter of Stephan and Anna (Buchak) Oravecz.

On Nov. 14, 1944, Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joseph Eugene Janov at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer. They made their home in Ramsay and celebrated more than 42 wonderful years together.

She was a faithful member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ramsay and a supporting member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Throughout her life, Mary was an accomplished homemaker who took great pride in her cooking and baking. She was well known for her homemade pasta and pasty. Mary took great pleasure going to the casino and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.

Mary was employed at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, first in housekeeping and then as a dedicated nurse's aide.

Mary is survived by three daughters, Judy (Harold) Hallberg, Lake Gogebic, Carol (Bill) Olson, Waterford, Wis., and Rosanne Janov, Bessemer; four grandchildren, Michele (Phil), Dawn (Denis), Mark and Brian; two cherished great-grandchildren, Kayla and Alex; two precious great-great-grandchildren, Liam and Reign; her brother-in-law, Clarence Puranen; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Joseph Eugene, on Oct. 3, 1987; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Anne (Art) Durand, Margaret (Howard) Yesney and Katherine Puranen; and three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Louis Oravecz, Steve (Margaret) Oravecz and John (Marge) Oravecz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 26, at noon, preceded by visitation at 11 a.m., at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 210 E. Iron St., in Bessemer, with the Rev. Robb Jurkovich, celebrant.

A luncheon will be served at the church hall following the Mass.

Rite of Committal and interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Bessemer, later this spring.

Expressions of affection in a charitable contribution in Mary's memory are suggested in lieu of flowers to DOVE, Inc., Box 366, Ironwood, MI 49938 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the caring staff at KeenAgers and the Gogebic Medical Care Facility for their compassionate, professional care given to Mary, and many kindnesses extended to the family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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