Janice S. Raff
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Janice S. Raff
  • July 16, 1936 - November 20, 2016
  • Glastonbury, Connecticut

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Janice L. Raff (Smalley) passed away Sunday November 20th, 2016 with her son by her side. She leaves her family to be with the Lord and reunite with her husband, Paul, who passed in 2014. Janice was born on July 16th, 1936, the only child of Vada (Williams) and William Smalley. Janice grew up in Wethersfield, graduating from Wethersfield High School in 1955, with a secretarial vocation. Upon graduation she spent almost a decade working for Travelers Insurance in the Group Department. In 1954 she met Paul Raff Jr. and after a long courtship, they married on May 11, 1963, enjoying 51 years of marriage. She and Paul were committed to starting a family, and with this large commitment, Janice then left work to fully dedicate her time to motherhood. She will always be remembered as having endless patience, as well as her kind and gentle demeanor. She provided her children with unconditional love and support. She and her husband Paul bowled on leagues for a number of years. They also took many a weekend trip to Saratoga to go to the horse races. When Janice left Travelers, she used her secretarial skills assisting her husband with his role as Secretary at the Glastonbury Elks Club - BPOE 2202. Not everyone recognized that mom was an unsung hero providing him assistance for so many years of behind the scenes support. When her children were old enough, she began a part time job with the Glastonbury Citizen. When she left this position, she incorporated her love of children by providing childcare, for children of varying ages, circulating throughout her home for 20 years. In the first year following her stroke, animals and children, who she encountered at the nursing home, prompted her to speak meaningful phrases with enthusiasm that she had otherwise lost. Janice leaves behind her children, William P. Raff, of Glastonbury, and Holly J. Fydenkevez, a son in law Joseph Fydenkevez and two grandchildren Ashley and Michael Fydenkevez of East Hartford.
Calling hours will be held at Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tnpk., Glastonbury, on Saturday, December 3rd., from10-11:30am, with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:30am, also at the funeral home. Burial will conclude services at St. James Cemetery Glastonbury. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to either Protectors of Animals 144 Main Street East Hartford CT 06118 (www.poa.inc.org) or Connecticut Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington Street Hartford CT 06106 (www.connecticutchildrensfoundation.org)
Mother, We love and will miss you always.