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Janet Snow-Godfrey

June 2, 1959 February 1, 2018
Janet Snow-Godfrey
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Janet Snow-Godfrey passed away on Thursday from ovarian cancer: she was 58. She was surrounded in love by her sons, Benjamin and Joseph, and her life partner, Steve Orf.

Jan was born to Charles and Eleanore Snow and raised in Hazel Crest, Illinois. She financed all of her education at the University of Illinois, where she earned a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations. At U of I, she quickly made an impression on all. She could walk into any situation and exude confidence, excel at solving both theoretical and real-world problems, or simply warm someone with a big laugh. There, she also met Doug, and their union resulted in her beloved sons Ben, married to Emily, and Joe, be smitten with Tehva.

She had a gloriously successful career becoming a senior human resources executive at PepsiCo, and then a senior vice president of human resources at Bankers Life and Casualty, Sara Lee, Culligan International, and finally, Ochsner Health System. She took great joy in coaching other executives, facilitating change, and improving working relationships for all.

However, business was not her first concern. Jan’s greatest priority was always family- whether it was cheering her sons on at football games, helping them each along their path, or moving mountains for her siblings. She took leave for a year to care for her sister, Jess Anne Kosic, who died of cancer, as did their brother, Samuel. She also ensured that her parents’ needs were attended to and was the guardian of her nephew, Bradley Ramirez, and a loving aunt to her niece, Elena Diventi, and her husband, Dan. Their wonderful marriage resulted in Charlie and Molly, whom Jan cherished and was “Nae Nae” to.

She will be waked at Drechsler, Brown & Williams on Sunday, February 11th from 11 to 4 p.m. After that, there will be a memorial party at the Carleton Hotel from 5 to 9 p.m. All are invited to share joyous stories and celebrate her life. For those who can’t attend, please send remembrances to Doug Godfrey, 225 North Kenilworth Ave, Unit B, Oak Park, Illinois 60302. If so inclined, please make a contribution in Jan’s name to Planned Parenthood.

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Visitation

Sunday

11

Feb

11:00 AM 2/11/2018 11:00:00 AM - 4:00 PM 2/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Planned Parenthood

123 William Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038
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