GREENFIELD - Janet L. ""Jay"" (Croteau) Kicza, 78, of Adams Road, Greenfield, died Friday (2-8-13) at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She was born in Millers Falls-Ervingside on April 12, 1934, the daughter of Moses and Josephine (Podlenski) Croteau. Janet attended Ervingside School and Turners Falls High School.
Janet was a loving wife for 56 years to Peter M. Kicza Sr., who predeceased her in 2011, as well as a loving and caring mother to her children. She was also a mother to all the kids in the neighborhood. She enjoyed sending them all out picking wild blueberries so she could bake them homemade blueberry muffins. She always made time to help her kids in any way she could, whether it be taxi-ing them around, helping out at school fund-raisers, or assisting in after-school sports. She loved spending holidays surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed making her famous chocolate-chip brownies for them because she knew how much they loved and enjoyed them. She always made them feel loved and special on their birthdays and holidays.
Janet was a welcoming and empathetic person who always put others before herself. She was an animal lover and she enjoyed baking, arts and crafts, and bargain-hunting at tag sales.
In her younger years, she worked at the concession at the Millers Falls Tool Company with her Dad. Then after her children were grown she worked at the A&W Restaurant, the Chinese Diner, Classic Foods, and Geka Brush Manufacturing Company.
Janet was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield.
Among her survivors, she leaves a daughter, Kim M. Kicza of Collierville, TN; two sons, Peter M. Kicza, Jr. of Fulton, MD, and Mark A. Kicza and his wife Kelly of Easthampton, MA; three sisters, Catherine Bacigalupo of Greenfield, Debra Markley of Gill and Tammi Croteau of Washington state; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also predeceased by her three brothers, Virgil ""Sonny,"" Richard and Robert, and a half-brother, Allen Philpot.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Friday (2-15) at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. Timothy J. Campoli officiating. Burial will follow at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Whately.
A calling hour will be Friday morning from 8:45-9:45 at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, 182 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the
Sympathy message available at: www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.