Barbara Armstrong Janosik, 87, died May 16, 2019, at her Cole Street home in Enumclaw. She was a resident of Enumclaw for more than 54 years.
She was born on July 12, 1931, in Richmond, Virginia, to John and Lucietta Armstrong. She was the oldest of three daughters, growing up in a log cabin built by her parents in Prince George County, Virginia. As a young girl, she attended school in Hopewell, Virginia, and it was there that she met future husband, Phil Janosik. Their first date was attending a movie April 12, 1944, and the date remained special to both of them for the rest of their lives. She graduated in 1949 from Hopewell High School and attended college the following year as a promise to her father. However, she left school to be with Phil and they were married on Sept. 27, 1951. In the following nine years, she gave birth to five boys and the family eventually settled in Enumclaw in 1965.
She was an active member in the Enumclaw Garden Club and the National African Violet Society. She loved anything that had roots and grew and would work all day outside in her gardens and flowerbeds, and then move inside to care for her African violet collection. In her retirement years, along with her love of gardening, she took up painting, teaching herself the finer points of oil painting. Alzheimer’s eventually took over her life.
She is survived by sons Stephen P. Janosik of Spokane, David M. Janosik of Enumclaw, Timothy P. Janosik of Enumclaw, Gregory J. Janosik of Woodbridge, Virginia, and Mark J. Janosik of Yakima; sister Doris Rodeck of Chester, Virginia; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Services took place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by burial at Enumclaw Memorial Cemetery, next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. All may share a message with her family on the tribute wall at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.