Janet Goodfriend
Janet E. Goodfriend 47

UPTON - Janet Ellen Goodfriend of Upton, MA passed away Saturday April 19th after a courageous battle with cancer.

Janet is the daughter of Jo and Michael A. Goodfriend, MD currently of Sutton MA. Born in Rochester NY in 1967 the family then moved to Fort Devens MA before settling in Ithaca NY. She attended Ithaca schools before graduating from New Hampton School ('85) in NH. She earned her B.A. in English with a teacher's certification from Fredonia's State University of New York ('89) and then a Master's degree in Literacy and Language Arts from Framingham State University in MA. After teaching in Topsfield and Franklin MA, she devoted her efforts to raising a family and publishing three novels (www.janetgoodfriend.com).

In additional to her parents, she is survived by Jeff Pollak, her husband of almost 19 years; her children Ethan and Naomi Pollak; her brother Steve and sister-in-law Dina Goodfriend (Newton MA); and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends who will miss her dearly.

Family and friends are invited to join us in remembering Janet during shiva, which will be held at the family's house at 6 Meadow Drive, Upton MA 01568 on Sunday April 20th from 3-5pm and Monday from 6-8pm. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Janet's memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Women's Cancers Gynecologic Cancer Fund
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2014.
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To Jeff, Ethan and Naomi,
We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful wife and dedicated mother. Janet and I met many years ago in Upton when our daughters were together in a play group. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know her and still think of her often. Please know that we are sending prayers your way. With our sympathy, Monica and Annabelle Nielsen
June 26, 2014
To Jeffrey and the family,
Heartfelt condolences to you all,
Professor Susan Vick
June 13, 2014
DR.Goodfriend and Mrs.Goodfriend I'm so sorry of you loss.
ivona zakrzewski
May 9, 2014
Jeff, Ethan and Naomi,
I am so sorry you have lost Janet. Her beautiful smile, enthusiasm for life and love of her family were inspiring. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve, Collette and Brock Wickstrom
April 30, 2014
We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of Janet. She was a lovely,vibrant, caring woman who made such an impression to all who were lucky to meet and know her. Our hearts go out to you all at this time. Claudine, Chloe, and Catherine Kessler
April 29, 2014
Dear Mike, Jo, Jeff, Ethan, and Naomi,
My heart goes out to you at this time of grief. May your memories of Janet's life with you, her accomplishments and her character be of comfort and inspiration.
Herb Goodfriend
April 22, 2014
Jeff and Michael, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Janet will truely be missed by the ones who knew and loved her.
Dot Tully RN
April 22, 2014
Very sorry to hear of your loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Laurie St. John
April 22, 2014
Michael and Joanne,
So sorry to hear this news. Please know your Arrowood neighbors are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave and Karen Cole
April 21, 2014
Our family is so very sad to hear about your loss. Janet made an impression on me years ago. She was a wonderful, kind, and intelligent woman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
The Jolies
April 21, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Janet was a friend from the West Hill area and was a gentle and kind soul. May she rest in peace.
Cathy Withiam Schuler
April 21, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to Janet's entire family. I have such fun memories of Janet and her family while they were in Ithaca. She was a beautiful soul and all of us that knew her were a better person for it.
Penny Rich-Crozier
April 21, 2014
Mike & Joanne,
Although I didn't know Janet, we spoke of our children often. Such a great and beautiful part of our lives and our hearts. Please know how truly sorry that Norm and I are for the loss of your beautiful Janet.
Maureen & Norm Seeley
April 21, 2014
Dr. Goodfriend and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Bob Wells (Ithaca, N.Y.)
April 21, 2014
Jeff, Jo, Michael, Ethan and Naomi,
May your memories of Janet's love for life and you always bring a smile to your faces.
Len and Louise Noce
Louise Noce
April 20, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We are thinking of you.
The Dunagan Family
Julie Dunagan
April 20, 2014
Jeff, Ethan and Naomi, our family is deeply saddened for your loss. We hold you in our hearts and prayers.
Ciara Pape-Rasco and Family
April 20, 2014
Our heart felt condolences to your family...Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Beth Spiro
April 20, 2014
I'm going to miss you dearly.
Ethan Pollak
April 19, 2014
Jeff and Family I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jodi P
Jodi Pomeranz
April 19, 2014