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Jan Patricia (Thompson) Pereira

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Jan Patricia (Thompson) Pereira Obituary
Jan Patricia (Thompson) Pereira

Jan Patricia Thompson Pereira, born July 17, 1947, was reunited in the afterlife with the love of her life, husband Kenneth William Pereira, at 6:20 AM December 7th, 2016 after a long and arduous battle with breast cancer.

She was also reunited with her father Alexander Thompson, mother Fanny Fick, brothers-in-law Robert and Francis Pereira, step-father Arthur Fick, parents-in-law William and Ruth, and many other family members and friends who passed over before her.

Jan is survived in this world by her sons Frank, Matthew, and Vincent Pereira, her grandchildren Ashley, Kimberley, and Frank Pereira, her great-grandson Derek Ayala, her brother James Thompson, her step-sister Jackie, step-brothers Michael and Artie, and many other extended family members and friends whose lives she touched.

Kenneth William Pereira (Kenny) was Jan's soulmate. Their romance began as a platonic trip of several young friends and acquaintances to the Jersey shore. Kenny and his "boys" were supposed to go off to try and pick up girls, and Jan and one of her girl friends just went along for the free ride to the beach. But as his buddies went off on their search, Kenny stayed by Jan's side, who he had only previously met in passing through his younger brother Francis. A perplexed Jan finally asked him why he didn't go off with his friends to find girls, and his responce was, "Because I've already found a girl- you." They were instantly in love, and when Jan went home later that night, she told her mother that she'd met the man she would marry.

Jan and Kenny married on August 27, 1966 and had three sons. They remained married until Kenny's death on April 23, 2005 at age 62. She never remarried.

Jan fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a nurse like her mother Fanny in 1980 and worked at Jersey Shore Medical Center, then Bayshore Community Hospital, and finally for over a decade at the VNA of Central NJ as a Registered Nurse until her retirement. Her strength and great compassion made her an amazing nurse and she forged many life-long friendships with ex-patients and their families as a result.

Jan loved vacationing in Cape May with her husband. She also loved shopping, be it for shoes or a new car and anything in between. She never met a salesman she couldn't haggle with like the best of them. Her grandchildren were the lights of her life, as was her great-grandson Derek who she was thrilled to get to see born and grow into a clever and mischievous toddler. She was also a fantastic cook and her English-muffin crab cake appetizers, potato and macaroni salads, stuffed peppers and many other dishes are raved about to this day. Luckily for Jan's survivors, her recipes live on in this world.

Just before she passed, Jan learned that she would be a great-grandmother again. Her beloved grand-daughter Kimberley and the love-of-Kimberley's-life Jeffrey are expecting, and Jan nodded that she understood this great news as it was told to her. It was an incredible blessing for Jan to be able to hear this before she passed on.

Jan's Earthly remains were cremated. In lieu of a wake or traditional service of mourning, a party celebrating her life will be thrown in the spring of 2017 at her home of over 40 years in Leonardo, New Jersey as per her wishes. Friends and family members will be invited to attend this joyous celebration of the beautiful life of Jan Pereira.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 31, 2016
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