Janice May Todosciuk had a zest for life that defied doctors’ prognoses. Given only “a few weeks” in 2007, she survived open-heart surgery and went onto become known as “the Miracle Lady” at her cardiologist’s office. “She was stubborn,” says daughter Annette Snyder with a smile. Janice stayed positive and upbeat in spite of congestive heart failure and diabetes.

Frank and Janice Todosciuk

Frank and Janice Todosciuk

Janice Rosekrans grew up on a farm in St. Johns, Michigan, graduating from high school in 1953. On a very lucky blind date in the fall of 1957, she met Frank Todosciuk. Six months later they were married. Janice thrived as a stay-at-home mother to three children: Annette, a former employee at the Sparrow Cancer Center; Harry, who oversees operations at Research Tool Corporation, a business his father started in 1967; and Andy, proprietor of Andy T’s, a well-known farm market specializing in sweet corn and huge pumpkins.

Janice loved flower arranging, photography, reading Harlequin romance novels, and the color purple. But she was especially thrilled with being a grandmother. She and Frank traveled all over the world, often including grandchildren in their adventures. Great-grandchildren were eventually added to the family, and then even great-great-grandchildren. After suffering a series of falls during 2011, Janice began to weaken. While wintering in Florida, she fell again, this timeneeding a week of hospitalization. But another fall soon occurred, and Frank decided it was time for hospice. A flight to Michigan was arranged and on December 7, 2011, Janice made her final trip home with Frank and Annette.The family knew beyond a doubt that it had to be Sparrow’s Hospice House of Mid-Michigan. “I’d been inother hospices, and they just weren’t the same. There is such a feeling of love, comfort and home at the St. Lawrence facility,” says Annette. With family and friends surrounding her, Janice was situated in the place close to home where she would say her goodbyes. She was able, almost to the very end, to interact with her visitors, andinsisted that pictures be taken of all who came. She asked to be wheeled to the gift shop where she purchased a lovely purple jacket. She spent Christmas morning in the home of her belovedgreat-grandchildren, Jadynn and Jackson. On December 27, Frank took her on a final road trip to St. Johns to visit with family at son Andy’s home. Janice’s was a life well-lived; her time of farewell spent at Sparrow’s Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, a place of grace and peace. Surely this knowledge comforts those who so greatly miss her now.