Janis Elizabeth Williams, 69, formerly of Danville, Pa., passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2017, at the Casey House Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Md., where she had been a patient since Sept. 8, 2017, following a short-lived battle with metastatic lung cancer.
She was born March 24, 1948, a daughter of the late Harold M. "Reds" and Barbara (Doan) Carodiskey.
Janis graduated from Danville High School with the Class of 1966. She went on to attain her nursing degree from Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1969. From there, she began her career at Danville State Hospital where she served from 1969 to 1975.
Following the birth of her beloved son Chad Erik in 1975, she took a leave of absence to care for him. In 1980, she returned to the workforce, joining the Geisinger Medical Center team. She remained at Geisinger until her retirement from the OB/GYN clinic in 2013 after 33 years.
Janis' interests included spending time with family and friends, walking, dancing, kayaking, watching Penn State football, and traveling and attending concerts and shows with Chad and his wife Dee. She was no stranger to the beach and loved to sit poolside and soak up the sun.
Janis is survived by her pride and joy son, Chad Erik Williams and daughter-in-law Dee Yankoskie Williams, of Silver Spring, Md.; one sister, Lynne Carodiskey and special friend, Linda Kurtz, of Pittsburgh; an aunt, Nancy Linville; many cousins; as well as other dear treasures, Robert Thomas Raker Jr., Cindy and John Buckenberger, Bill and Kim Wilt (and their boys), Brenda and Keith Gibson, Mona Cotner, Karen Henderson, Bethann Campbell, Joanie Armstrong, and many others.
At her request, no funeral services will be held. Instead, in her memory, Janis requested any contributions be made in her honor to either: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Weinberg Building, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, or to Casey House Montgomery Hospice, 6001 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855.
Gone too soon, a mother and friend who was adored by all. Janis is greatly missed, but will always live on in the many cherished memories she made with her loved ones.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Published on October 20, 2017