Janina P. Andricks
June 26, 1945 - April 24, 2017
A beautiful, wonderful, and feisty lady waves a fond farewell to family and friends: Janina P. Andricks (nee Puodziunas) passed away in Naperville, IL on April 24, 2017. She was 71 years old, and better known to her friends as "Janine", "Jean", or "Joanie", and her grandchildren referred to her by the affectionate Lithuanian name, Myte. She was the loving daughter of Vaitiekus and Anele Puodziunas and beloved sister of John, Alice and Peter, all of whom proceeded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Henry (Hank), her three beloved children and their wonderful spouses, and her five beautiful and fantastic grandchildren: Eldest son Mark Andricks, his wife Becky (nee Rosebraugh) and granddaughter Annika of Wildwood, MO, Daughter Susan Andricks Love, her husband Richard and grandson Joshua of Naperville, IL, Youngest son Scott Andricks, his wife Jennifer (nee Moeller), two grandsons Griffin and Austin and granddaughter Ainsley of Bedford, TX. Janine was born in Celle, Germany on June 26,1945 as her family fled Lithuania from the Russians in the aftermath of World War II. The family then immigrated to the United States in 1949 and settled in Philadelphia, PA where she was a proud graduate of Maria Goretti High School and later attended Temple University. Always a strong work ethic, Janine began working in her early teens as an usherette in the downtown Philly theater district. Then, while still in High School, she was employed as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania. She was promoted several times and became an Assistant Chief Operator responsible for 60 employees prior to the age of 21 - an unheard of accomplishment at that time. Janine and Hank met when she was just 9 years old and he was 11. That initial meeting laid the foundation for what would quickly turn into a lifelong courtship and friendship. They married in what was an exuberant wedding on August 13, 1966 and settled down in Philadelphia to start their family. After she gave birth to their second child, Susan, she left the telephone company to focus on being a stay-at-home mom. In 1977, the family was relocated for Hank's work to Beaverton, OR where they had their third child, Scott. After three years in Oregon, the family was relocated again, this time to where they would establish their strongest roots, Naperville, IL - where they have resided to this day. It was here where Janine returned to the work force as an Activity Coordinator at the Ecumenical Adult Daycare Center of Naperville. She worked there with Alzheimer's patients for 15 years until she retired, but more importantly that is where she made some of her most beloved friendships. It was also in Naperville where Janine probably left her greatest impression being the "mom-away-from-home" for many of her children's friends. She made them all welcome to just walk on in and grab something from the fridge; stop in to chat and play games, chauffeur and attend their various activities, listen to their problems, and generally just be warmly open and available to them. Nothing may sum up Janine more than the fact that these pop-ins by her children's friends continued long after her children were grown and gone from the house. She spent her retirement years traveling, and playing with and reading to her grandkids and she would never dream of missing her and Hank's annual "snow-bird" trip to Gulf Shores, AL. Even as her ailments made her body weaker, she refused to let that diminish her spirit, and she always gave her family 100% right up until the very end. She was completely selfless, she was our "Giving Tree", and she will be so missed.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Monday June 26th 10:30 AM at St Raphael Church, 1215 Modaff Rd, Naperville, IL. 60540.
Interment to follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, N. Columbia St. and E. North Ave., Naperville, IL, 60540.
Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540.
For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com
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