Janet Butterworth

Janet Butterworth

Sunday, April 8th, 1956 - Friday, March 26th, 2021
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When it’s said that heaven receives an angel, on Friday, March 26, heaven received the most beautiful, loving and sweetest angel ever…Janet Amy Lee Butterworth.
Janet’s journey began on April 8, 1956 in Toronto. Janet was born to Shirley and Jack Butterworth. It was not long after that, that Janet was considered a special baby with special needs and would require unconditional love for the rest of her life. Her mom and dad instantly started working with her. They taught Janet to talk, laugh, walk and love.
When Janet was 5 years old, she attended Thornhaven School in Richmond Hill. It was there that she made friends and learnt how to communicate with others. When Janet was 15 years old, she attended Arc Industries, a place where special need children go to help with community work and to socialize with others. Janet attended Sunday school for many years at St John’s Baptist church in Richmond Hill. She loved these places with all her heart.
Janet was funny, kind, gentle, thoughtful, and caring and had the biggest smile for everyone she met. No matter where she was, Janet took on the role of the “greeter” without any hesitation. She enjoyed spending quality time with all her family, relatives and friends. Janet loved everyone and was loved by all.
When Janet was 46 years old, she went to live at Participation House in Markham which soon became her home and her extended family for over 18 years. Janet adored and loved everyone at Participation House and they returned that love.
Janet was diagnosed with cancer last October. It was a complete shock to all. Janet continued to live at the place she knew as home…Participation House. They cared for her in every way and made sure she was never in pain or uncomfortable.
Words cannot express how wonderful Participation House was to Janet. We are so grateful and extremely thankful to the staff, PSWs, nurses, doctors and all the residents that helped Janet through these last few months.
A special thank you to Dr. Hijra at Markham Stouffville Hospital for her advice and kind words and to Dr. Emilie Lam and LHIN.
Janet joins her dad, Jack Butterworth, and her aunts and uncles in heaven. She is survived by her loving mom Shirley, her sister Heather, her brother Peter, her niece Sara and her nephews Jordan and Scott.
We are all so proud to call Janet our daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. She made us all so proud.
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Steve M Plener

Posted at 03:47pm
I will miss Janet's wide smile and warm greetings whenever I visited or zoomed my sister Maydie Plener. Warmest heartfelt condolences Steve Plener
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Dave Mirrlees

Posted at 11:37am
To Shirley, Heather , & Peter. We are sorry about the loss of Janet. She always said hello when we visited Wayne at Participation House. She remembered me each time and would say "my cousin". I will miss that. Our sincere Condolences. Take Care.

Dave Mirrlees & Karen Dunford

Greg Shields

Posted at 12:16pm
My condolences to Shirley, Heather and Peter - remembering Janet's love of her niece Sara and nephew Scott, her laughter, and her larger-than-life presence.

Vivienne Arkeveld

Posted at 11:27am
I can certainly attest to Janet’s talent as a “greeter”. She always gave me a warm welcome at the door when I visited my sister Susan at Participation House. I will miss her bright smile and cheerful questions. My sincere condolences, I know your loving memories will sustain you through these difficult days. Vivienne Arkeveld

Katy England

Posted at 08:11am
Every memory I have of Janet, a daughter, a sister and an Aunt, is a warm one. She’ll always have a place in my heart. Janet was a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. My deepest condolences to all of you during this time of difficulty.

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