JoAnne Marie Janus, age 85, died Sunday, September 8, 2019, at INOVA Loudoun Hospital, peacefully with her son at her side. She was born in Renovo, PA to Stella (Pagnatto) and Anthony Curcio on August 1, 1934.
Joanne graduated from St. Joseph’s of Renovo, PA in 1952. She married Robert (Bob) J. Janus on June 29, 1957. Bob and JoAnne lived in Greenbelt, MD, for over 30 years, where they were active in the community and were members of St. Hugh of Grenoble Church. They had one son, Craig Anthony Janus. JoAnne was the General Manager at the University of Maryland Bookstore (the UM-porium) for over 20 years. She loved reading books, especially Westerns and historical non-fiction. She was an amazing cook and was known for her delicious Italian sauce, pasta, gnocchi, meatballs, scrapples and a variety of Italian desserts; as well as traditional Slovak dishes (Bob’s favorite) for each holiday. JoAnne spent hours researching her Italian heritage and had great pride in her roots. She was an avid poker player for many years and joined a local poker group when she moved to Ashburn. JoAnne loved her family and is survived by her son, Craig (Lisa); four grand-children, Victoria, Zachary, Grace and Hannah; her brother, John Curcio of Renovo, PA; sisters, Rosemary Andrus of Renovo, PA, and Ellen Smith of Ashburn, VA; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on September 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 23171 St. Theresa Lane, Ashburn, VA 20147. Interment will be at a date to follow at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will join her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in JoAnne’s name to the American Cancer Society.