Janene Love

February 13th, 1951 - 2020

An eternal optimist, she inspired us to follow our dreams.

Biography


Janene was born in Madison, Wisconsin on February 13, 1951 to B. Carl Zibolsky and Betty Wiese Zibolsky. Her parents later divorced. Janene and her four siblings faced many hardships, but these challenges strengthened their bond.


Janene also recalled many happy memories from childhood. Riding her bike to and from choir practice made her feel free. She enjoyed taking the bus with her siblings to Tenney Park in Madison to swim in the lake. They also ventured to the local shop to buy penny candies. On occasion, Janene and her siblings visited her grandparents in Dodgeville. Her grandfather was a chiropractor and operated his clinic in the basement of his house. Janene admired her grandfather’s education and entrepreneurism and would eventually follow his example.


During high school, Janene moved to Minocqua, a small resort town in Wisconsin. Although it was a difficult transition, Janene liked being surrounded by nature. At Lakeland High School, Janene’s sister Karlene was prom queen, and Janene was elected to her court. Her senior year, Janene’s guidance counselor told her she didn’t need to take the SAT because she “was just going to get married and have babies.” This comment stuck with her and she always advocated for women to strive for a better life through education. Janene took the SAT anyway and performed better than anyone expected. After graduation, she continued her education and became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1971.


Shortly after graduation, she married John Love and eventually followed him to Laramie, Wyoming. Her daughter, April, was born in 1977. John and Janene divorced in 1979. After the divorce, Janene moved to Colorado where she enjoyed the mountain landscape and felt there would be more opportunities for her and her daughter. As a single mother, Janene worked 2-3 jobs to keep her family afloat. Instead of perpetuating the struggles of her childhood, Janene loved her daughter fiercely and encouraged her to dream big and to strive for success.


In her career, Janene applied her compassion and intuition for helping others. For 30 years, Janene worked as a nurse before deciding to finally pursue her dream of going back to school. While working at Fort Logan State Hospital, Janene felt she had learned enough about the human body and became interested in studying the mind. She attended Metropolitan State University in Denver and earned a B.A. in Psychology in 2000. While working full-time at Fort Logan and pursuing her education, Janene was proud of serving on the Sustainability Committee as well as the Anti-Smoking Committee. Janene gained confidence as an advocate and was not afraid to bring up issues to management when she felt others were not treated with dignity and respect.


During this time, Janene decided she wanted to become a therapist. She took on a challenging weekend program from the University of Northern Colorado, again while working full-time. She graduated in 2006 with her Masters and became board certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2008. Janene found her passion; she loved counseling people and she excelled at it. Janene’s careers also brought her lifelong friendships, and helped her give love, support, and encouragement to others.                     


In her spare time, Janene enjoyed running to help relieve stress. In 2003, Janene trained for her first marathon in Las Vegas, which she completed despite windy conditions. The same year, Janene was selected to run the NYC marathon, which she completed with April cheering her to the finish line. Janene’s philosophy of entering a race each month and “not coming in last” inspired April and future son-in-law, Josh, to join her on races. They ran multiple 5Ks and 10Ks including her favorite race, the Bolder Boulder.


Janene encouraged April to pursue her dream of traveling the world and even joined her on a few adventures. Janene visited April when she lived in Scotland and they toured England and Scotland together. Back in the states, they took a beach vacation to Cancun and visited the Chichen Itza pyramid. After Janene turned 60, they went on a dream vacation to Italy. While Janene enjoyed going to art museums, eating fresh pasta, and sampling the local wine, her favorite activity was the daily trip to a favorite gelato shop.


In 2016, Janene became Nana when her grandson Owen was born. Janene loved being a nana, and she was great at it. When she played with Owen, she became a child again, romping around to Owen’s delight. She indulged him in his never-ending desire to play hide-and-seek. She demanded hugs, because he gave the “best hugs,” and Owen happily gave them. Janene, April, Josh, and Owen went on many hikes together.


In 2018, Janene moved back to Aurora from Littleton to be closer to her family. Always a hard worker, she made the hard decision to semi-retire and focus on her private practice, which was very successful. She enjoyed Sunday dinners with April, Josh, and Owen, especially her favorite meal: shrimp scampi.


Janene rejected the idea of being old. Although she was in her late 60s, she said she felt like she was only 50. She continued to run races and hike into her last year. Her illness and diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer came quick and sudden. Still, she maintained a positive attitude and attempted chemo to battle the cancer. On September 7, 2020, Janene was hospitalized due to complications from her illness. April held her hand and comforted her until she passed.


Janene inspired many with her infectious optimism. She always believed there was a better tomorrow waiting for her. She strove daily to improve herself, to set goals, and to achieve them. She also encouraged family, friends, and co-workers to find their passion and follow their dreams. Janene was also quick to laugh and loved to joke around with people. Janene provided love, kindness, compassion, and support in even the darkest times. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.


Janene is survived by her siblings, Karlene Gordon, Jeffrey Zibolsky, Kristine Valentine (Patrick), and Sherrene Kevan (Peter), her daughter April Love (Joshua Fitzpatrick), her grandson, Owen Fitzpatrick, and many nieces and nephews.


Janene will be laid to rest in the Seven Stones Cemetery at Chatfield in Littleton, Colorado. A memorial and burial service will be planned for 2021.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mental Health Colorado, an organization that works to end the stigma of mental health treatment. Alternatively, Janene was devoted to sustainability and the outdoors. She ran many races in Denver Parks. The Park People is a community organization focused on planting trees in parks throughout Denver. Links to both organizations are in her profile below.

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About

Name Janene Love
Date of Birth February 13th, 1951
Date of Death 2020
Home Town Madison, WI, US 
Other City Aurora, CO, US 
Interests Helping Others, Reading, Running, Mountains and Nature, Hiking, Bike Riding
Favourite Saying “Run, run like the wind!” "Who put a quarter in you?" "Now, THAT was a tasty morsel."
In Memoriam Donation Mental Health Colorado
In Memoriam Donation The Park People
Cemetery

Memorial

Cemetery Seven Stones - Chatfield
Address 9635 North Rampart Range Road
Littleton CO 80125
United States
Location Canyon View Commons Space 13
Family

Family

ParentsBernhardt Carl Zibolsky, Betty Lou Wiese
Milestone

Milestones

1969 Lakeland High School Minocqua, WI, High School
1971 Licensed Practical Nurse
1971 Marriage
1977 Birth of Daughter, April
1979 Divorce
1986 Arapahoe Community College, Associates Degree
2000 Metropolitan State, Denver, CO, Undergraduate
2006 University of Northern Colorado, Masters
2008 LPC Board Certification
2016 - 2020 Licensed Professional Counselor, Self-employed

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Dawn Vanlangenhoven published a tribute .

I just learned of your mother's passing. She was the sole counselor I saw her for once a month (or more) for a year. I always looked forward to the next session she is so kind and full of light. I am so sorry for your loss. I realize you do not know me but she spoke of you often and her beloved cats. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Prayers are being sent your way. I'm sure you know - your mom is such a caring heart. My sincerest condolences.

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Pauline Rivera published a tribute .

April, I've only had the opportunity to speak with your mother Janene over the phone and she had a beautiful heart and soul. I wish I was able to meet her in person. I'm sure she will be missed tremendously! May she rest in peace and I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Sincerely,
Pauline Rivera
Westwind Management Group

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Sarah Ernst-Edwards published a tribute .

April -- Your mom will be greatly missed. I loved her optimism, smile and laugh. She was always so kind and friendly to me. I loved how supportive she was of you, especially during college and in those tough years after -- in the "what the hell do we do with our lives" phases. Big hugs to you as always and I'm there for you whenever you need anything - love, Sarah

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Eileen Salmon Nalepa published a tribute .

Sorry to hear of Janene’s passing. I have fond memories of her. Working with her and socializing with her. May she Rest In Peace.✝️

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Angelica Castaneda published a tribute .

April and family...Sending you my most heartfelt condolences and a small memory of how I will remember your mother. I went to your wedding by myself and even though she certainly had much better things to do, she spent time at the reception talking to me and getting to know me. It was such a kind gesture and one that has stuck with me since. I will always remember how brilliantly blue her eyes looked that night. And now looking at all the pictures I get to see how much fun you two had together. I hope the memories bring you comfort. Keeping you in my thoughts...

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Laura Stukel published a tribute .

April, So sorry for your loss. I feel like I've met your lovely mom after reading the heartfelt tribute on this page. Will be thinking of you and your family as you adjust to this transition.

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Mike Adams published a comment .

Through His Love, we find peace. When we look for answers, we can only look to Him and with time, we have understanding. Prayers and blessings.

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Thomas Family published a tribute .

❤❤❤❤❤ Full of love and HUGS!!!!!! She will be truly missed!!!!

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Susan Garrett published a tribute .

I am so sorry for your loss! Janene was a beautiful human with so much compassion. I frequently saw her at the Aurora Sondermind office and she was always very kind. She will be missed. Sending you and the family my prayers.

Susie Garrett, LCSW

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Cherie Nash published a tribute .

April and family, I was so shocked to learn of your mother's passing. She is deeply missed and was a great resource to me in my time of distress. Sending you and the family prayers of comfort and support during this time of loss.

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Elaine Morse published a tribute .

April, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

-Elaine

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Donna And Casey Chaffee published a tribute .

April, I am so sorry that Janene has left us way too early. I will always cherish the memories I had with your mom. Hiking, concerts, shopping and laughter. Not to mention her annual visit to our home for Halloween. Your mom will be in my heart forever, she was so proud of you!

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Madeline Cummings published a tribute .

I am so sorry for your loss, April. I can see what a beautiful family you all have, and the impact that Janene had in all your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Madeline

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Marina Slutsky published a comment .

I am so sorry for your loss, April. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
She will always be with you in your heart.

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Lois Fitzpatrick published a tribute .

Janene was such a caring and fun-loving person; she was like family to us. We will miss her always and treasure our shared special memories.

Lois and Jim

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Dan W. published a tribute .

April - Our deepest condolences to you and your family. She is pain free now, and may only the best of memories be with you always.

Dan, Darien, Elmer, Manny and the Prestige Family are really sorry for your loss.

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Kate published a tribute .

I am so sorry to hear about Janene. I work at Ft Logan and was friends with her for many years. We worked together on a Hospital recycling/green committee. I will donate to the American Forests organization in her name.

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Sid Shah published a tribute .

April
Heartiest condolences to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss, our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sid Shah and the SBM family.

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Tami Bush published a tribute .

April,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Even though she is no longer here in person she will always be with you in your heart. Please know your JLL team is always here for you!

Prayers for you and your family.
Tami Bush

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Abby Ropkin published a tribute .

April,

I'm so sorry for your loss of your mom. There are never the right words to say during times like these... Just know that I'm here if you need anything. Hold on to the memories of her and let them warm your soul.

Sending much love to you and your family,
Abby

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Denise Gow published a tribute .

April,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This loving memorial to you mom shows how lucky she was to have you for a daughter. Know that your Schwab family stands behind you in these difficult times.

Best to you and your family,
Denise

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Barbara Casto published a tribute .

My BFF forever! We have known each other for over51 yrs - through thick an thin -through happiness and sadness- from miles to miles we have shared everything in our lives for many yrs visiting you in Colorado to you coming to Wisconsin. We never stopped being “sistas “ That’s what we always called each other. I love you Janene and you will always every day be in my heart. God I miss you!

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Kay Zibolsky published a tribute .

Zibolsky family reunion September 2019. It was so good to spend time with Janene, April, Josh and Owen.

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