Janice Johnson Fera, 61, of 35 Case, Lakewood, died Tuesday June 26, 2012, in WCA Hospital.
In the days before her death, Jan's hospital room was filled with laughter and the celebration of her life with those who surrounded her. Janice was that rare individual who radiated genuine interest, kindness and concern for the individuals with whom she came in contact. This quality drew others to her and was reflected by the number of individuals who arrived to sit with her and called her daily during her illness. Janice spent her last days surrounded by the family and friends she loved. She will be missed.
She was born Jan. 16, 1951, in Jamestown, a daughter of the late Phillip Johnson and Virginia Carlson Johnson Atkins and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Johnson and Mrs. Loletta Carlson.
Janice Johnson Fera
Following her graduation from Southwestern Central School in 1969, Jan enrolled in Ithaca College and earned her bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1973.
Jan enjoyed her career as a physical therapist and found great satisfaction in helping her patients return to mobility and health. Her long career as a physical therapist began at Robert Brigham Hospital in Boston followed by San Diego Orthopedics, Orthopedic Consultants in Encino, Calif., and lastly Chautauqua Physical Therapy in Jamestown. She was a former member of American Physical Therapists Association.
Jan enjoyed camping, hiking and traveling to see family or friends. She particularly enjoyed the many gatherings the family held each year.
Surviving are two sons, Nicholas Fera and Michael Fera both of Los Angeles, Calif.; aunts Helen J. Swanson of Lakewood, Kay Crossley of Jamestown and June Carlson of Bushnell, Fla.; uncle James (Barbara) Johnson of Jamestown; cousin Carol (Mark) Hassenberg of Red Bank, N.J.; three brothers, Steven (Anne) Johnson of Lafayette, La., David Johnson of Houston, Texas, and Michael (Evelyn) Johnson of Lantana, Fla.; a sister, Mara (Brad) Johnson of Sherman; nieces and nephews Stephanie, Ryan, Andrew, Jesse and Michelle Johnson and Tiffany Green and Brandon Winston; cousins Jerry (Julie) Stanton, Tom (Nancy) Stanton, John (Liz) Crossley, David (Janet) Crossley, Lori (Leo) Jones, Bonnie (Paul) Quesenberry, Danny Johnson, Dawn (Steve) Carutis, Cynthia (David) Zeuch, Jennifer Johnson, Bev (Jerry) Daniels and Doug (Linda) Carlson.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 28 in the Lind Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Hedin officiated. Interment of ashes will be at Sunset Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will not be observed.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to WCA staff for the consistently high quality of care given Jan during her illness. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Jan's many friends for sharing this last journey with such grace, love and courage.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to WCA Hospital Foundation Building Fund, designated to the Family Room in honor of Drs. Jairus T. Ibabao and Catherine Powers, PO Box 214, Jamestown, N.Y. 14701; Dr. Shashi Lele's Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, c/o Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, N.Y. 14263; or National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), P.O. Box 11475, Pleasanton, CA 94588.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Jan at www.lindfuneralhome.com.