Ms. Janis Anita Martin

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Janis Anita Martin was born May 30th, 1948 in Bronx, NY and passed away in her Northridge, CA home on September 10th, 2015. She finally surrendered to lung cancer after being diagnosed in 2010.

Janis is survived by her daughter Dawn (Chris) Kosmakos of Martinez CA, son Jason Duhon of Las Vegas NV, her favorite sister Donna (John) Kennedy, and nephews Joshua and Cody (Heather) Kennedy. She also leaves four grandsons that she adored, Jacob Duhon, Duley Duhon, Shawn Kosmakos, and Devin Kosmakos, and her biological daughter Carol Golden who was always in her heart.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents Irving Martin and Shirley (Lavsky) Martin, and her nephew Jeremy Kennedy.

Janis struggled with addiction her entire life but found hope and recovery in the program of Narcotics Anonymous. She had 27 years 340 days clean. Many in NA attribute their recovery to the love and support they received from her. Janis also worked as a ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) counselor for CA State Univ. Northridge's Student Health Center where she reduced risk and enhanced healthy choices for over a thousand CSUN students. After her death, CSUN named an award after her, in her honor, "The CSUN Office of Student Housing Janis Martin Campus Partner of the Year."

Janis was a lifelong learner. Up until her final days she was pursuing her doctorate degree in Psychology. She had many accomplishments, certificates, awards but her biggest accomplishment was her unique ability to make every person she encountered feel loved and cared for. This includes her family, close friends, acquaintances as well as the people working at the post office and hair salon. Janis was passionate, loving, intelligent, goofy, generous, genuine, and kind to everyone she met. Janis was loved by, and will be missed by, many.

Janis had a business card stating "I love you. If you need to talk I will listen. If you need to listen, I will talk. Please call me, I really care." And she really did. She left us with many words of wisdom, "Janisisms" like "There is always, always something to be thankful for", "Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?", and "Who loses?"

A celebration of life was held on September 3rd, 2015 with Janis in attendance. She was truly moved by the incredible outpouring of love, admiration, and gratitude.

She will be missed.