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PATRICIA BAKALA, 68
Ocala - Janice Patricia Bakala Glenn of Ocala, Florida and Stonington, Maine passed away suddenly from a massive stroke on Friday, December 13, 2013. The day she chose to exit this earth is just so Janice. She was 68 years old.
Born in Chicago on April 14, 1945 to Louis and Genevieve Bakala, she was raised on a farm in Saint Charles, Ill; along with older brothers Ronald and Richard. After her parents divorced, she and her mother relocated to Florida.
Janice was an old soul, yet she was always ahead of her time. Unique, eclectic, and intelligent, she had a razor-sharp wit and a definitive style. An artistic flair permeated her being and was reflected in various aspects of her life.
Although Janice was a single teen-age mother and humble waitress, she was an amazing woman. At age 26 on her meager income, she managed to buy a house. In 1978, she courageously opened her first antique shop in Ocala, The Kalico Kitty. The rest as they say is history, as for more than 30 years she owned and operated Parish House Antiques in Deer Island and lastly Old Schoolhouse Antiques in Stonington.
Aside from a passion for "junking," Janice was a loving caregiver to her mother Genevieve and only child Judi. For years the three generations lived closely together in a marvelously dysfunctional way.
Kind, generous, and social, Janice blazed her own trail, yet left soft footprints on every heart that knew her. She had the lust for life, a soft heart for animals, and the talent with food and design. She was a wonder woman who could do anything she set her mind to.
It is not unusual for a daughter to hold her mother and high regards; the awesomeness is realizing the rest of the world feels the same way. Her passing leaves huge holes in the lives of all who loved her. She is survived by her only daughter Judi Jacobs and her brother Richard Bakala.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 2-5 p.m. on the back patio at O'Malley's on the square in downtown Ocala.
Auf Wiedersehen, À bientôt...
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014