NISSEN, Janet Bancer|
Janet passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord surrounded by the love of family and friends on July 25, 2014 after a short but courageous battle with metastasized breast cancer.
Jan was born on May 27, 1950 in Camden, New Jersey. She graduated from Camden Catholic High School and earned her Associates Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Camden County Community College. She worked as Assistant Lab Supervisor for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for 10 years before moving to Texas in 1980. While working as a Microbiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services, she attended UT and earned her B.S. in Microbiology from St. Edwards University in 1995. She retired from the Health Department after 23 years and continued to work with Clinical Pathology Laboratories for the past 11 years as a Parasitologist.
Jan was a very dedicated and caring individual who was passionate about issues on health, the environment, animal welfare, education and science. She embraced modern technology and shared her eclectic taste in music with many. She provided a forever home to stray doggies and there is no doubt her many pets were there to welcome her with puppy kisses over the "rainbow bridge". She found peace in her flower garden, loved butterflies and songbirds. Her best days were those spent at the beach, walking in the sand, searching for shells or watching a sunset. She celebrated every holiday, especially Christmas, with joy and gift-giving from her heart.
Jan had a deep commitment to her faith and was a parishioner of St. Theresa's Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister and on the Counting Ministry for many years. As a Member at Large of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, she accompanied her sister Joanne on many sorority convention trips and local outings and enjoyed spending time with "the girls". She always came to the rescue, volunteering her many talents to their activities and service projects.
Jan is survived by her parents, Joseph H. and Anna Marie Bancer of Pittsgrove, New Jersey; her sister, Joanne Rossa and husband, Chuck of Austin; her brother, Joseph N. Bancer and wife, Rose, as well as her nephews and nieces, Paul, Angela, Katherine & Joey, all of Pittsgrove. She is also survived and will be dearly missed by her special loving friend, Dan Blackwell of Austin.
Jan's wish was to be cremated through the Neptune Society. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, Texas. A Butterfly Release and Celebration of her Life will immediately follow in the Parish Center. Inurnment will be at the Calvary Mausoleum in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Memorial Donations may be made in her honor to the
, Austin Human Society or the Flower Ministry at St. Theresa's.
Jan, too soon you left us, but we understand you had to shed your cumbersome "cocoon" to be able to fly. "Butterfly" you're gonna be alright and will remain in our hearts forever.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014