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Cherine Kristin Janzen Obituary
Cherine Kristin Janzen was born on January 7, 1953 in Denver, CO to parents George and Avis Berlin. Cherine grew up in Golden, CO with her sister, Joni, and brothers, George and John. Her father graduated from The Colorado School of Mines and during her early years their family home was adjacent to the Mines campus.
While attending Metropolitan State College, Cherine went to a South American Mines student party, where she met Howard. Love at first sight, they were married within 3 months. Their love grew stronger each day of their 40-year marriage. After Howard’s graduation from The Colorado School of Mines, they moved to Tulsa, OK, where they spent much of their married life. They also spent career driven time in Kansas City (twice!), Minneapolis, Boston and California. Their daughter Suzanne also graduated from Mines and the Mines marketing effort is already underway with grandchildren. Cherine and Howard moved back to the Denver area in 2013.
Her faith, family and friends were of prime importance to Cherine. She treasured time with her husband, children and grandchildren and delighted in creating reasons to bring them all together. Despite the geographic challenges, barely a month would go by without some form of family adventure or get together. Howard’s lifelong flying hobby helped allow this to happen. Cherine also formed unusually strong friendships in each hometown and worked diligently to foster lasting relationships. She had a heart for serving others and instilled this value in her children by involving them in volunteer activities at an early age. Cherine served on the National Friends of the Library board, the FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) board, the Tulsa Ballet Board and volunteered at Children’s Hospital in Denver. In addition, she was a church elder, Sunday school teacher, Camp Fire leader, Cub Scout leader and mentor for Odyssey of The Mind.
Cherine had diverse interests and strong talents. Her degree in Interior Design helped sharpen her natural eye for colors, fabrics and design. She was the ultimate craft person, engaging in many forms of creative activity. While battling cancer and growing weaker by the day, Cherine completed a beautiful quilt for her new granddaughter, who was born the Saturday before Cherine died. Cherine had a very developed sense of style; however, her real motivation was not to display her talent but rather to pass on love to others through her creations.
Cherine also had a very strong sense of adventure, jointly shared with Howard and her children. She loved scuba diving, hiking, biking, travel and flowers of all descriptions. She was the family encyclopedia, able to identify all varieties of fish, flowers, plants and dogs. Cherine and Howard were blessed to be able to travel all over the world, often flying themselves. They flew to 29 countries in their airplanes and Cherine immersed herself in the cultures, crafts and histories of their many destinations. Often trips were accompanied by friends and family members.
Cherine had an inherited gene mutation that predisposed her to certain cancers. Her first cancer was identified 11 years ago and Cherine had a near constant running battle with this awful disease. Many people were not aware because she never complained nor allowed cancer to dictate her life. She educated herself and took personal responsibility to stay ahead of the cancer challenges she faced. She used this education and devotion to help many others who were also confronted with cancer. Despite all this, one of her cancers returned with a vengeance and she declined very quickly over the last several months. Her family showered her with love and care and was with her when she went to be with God on Thursday afternoon August 17, 2017.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband Howard Janzen, son Michael Janzen, his wife Darci and grandsons Charlie and Christopher of Edmond, OK; daughter Suzanne Ewert, her husband Michael and grandchildren Jacob and Anna Claire of Cherry Hills Village, CO; her son Peter Janzen, his wife Lyndsay and grandchildren Franklin and Diana of Tulsa, OK; her brother George Berlin II and his wife Sarah; brother John Berlin and his wife Dilsa. Also mourning her passing are her beloved nieces Robynne, Heather and Elizabeth and her many friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HeritX or your favorite charity.
The Family rejoices that Cherine was shared with us.
Donations in Memory of Cherine Janzen:
Susannah & James Adelson
Bridget & John Bentley
Irina & Thomas Bock
Jeanniene & William Burdett
Mary & Don Bush
Richard Calder Jr.
Colorado School of Mines
Cool Planet Employees and Board of Directors
Digital Media Innovations
Judith S Elliott
Ewert Family Farms
Francine & Greg Floerke
Gwen & Gary Gilmer
Shanti & William Halter
Ardith & Robert D. Hunter
Helen Ruth Jones
T. Jean Kelley
Emily & Brian Krebs
M.A. & S.M Meier
Rik & Karen Miller
Joi Morris & Matt Maccoby
Merrick and Company
Muncie Aviation Company
Raymond B. Ostroski
Debi Roberson & John Sommerauer
Linda & Barry Rowan
Shelley & Steve Signoff
Starke Family Fund
Kit & Mandy Starr
Greg & Susan Stevinson
Sandra & Roy Wilkens
Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation
Antonia Lindstrom (born Notarnicola), was born on July 12, 1935, in Giglio, Italy in the Province of Frosinone located just south of Rome. She came to the U.S. by ship on the Andrea Doria with her father in the summer of 1953 to attend school for secretarial studies. Shortly after arriving, she met her husband, Herbert Lindstrom, Jr., and they married in 1955 and went on to have 5 children, John, Lorraine, Susan, Barbara and Herbert III. She worked various jobs including 25 years at Grumman Corporation in Food Service. She had an outgoing personality and easily made friends everywhere she worked. She took particular joy in getting to know people and keeping in touch with them over the years. But she enjoyed nothing more than being surrounded by her family.
In 1996, Lorraine was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She went through a series of chemo and soon after its completion developed a brain tumor. An operation to remove the tumor left her in a vegetative state in which she remained until her death in 1998. In 2003, Susan was diagnosed with stage 4 fallopian tube cancer. As there was no prior history other than Lorraine’s diagnosis, this second cancer in the family at a such a young age was a red flag. This led to Susan being tested for the BRCA gene and tested positive for BRCA1. This encouraged other family members to get tested starting with Barbara who also tested positive. It was determined that the gene was inherited from their father (who himself died in 2006 from aggressive prostate cancer). Susan was treated with various chemotherapies and in 2007 the cancer metastasized to her brain. She had brain surgery and radiation treatments which initially were successful until 2009 when the cancer returned to other areas in her brain, and she passed in 2010. After Barbara tested positive for the BRCA gene, she underwent first a prophylactic hysterectomy and oophorectomy in 2004 followed by a double mastectomy in 2006.
Notwithstanding her suffering of the devastating effects of the BRCA gene mutation on her family, Antonia found strength in her faith and was grateful for the support of her family until her sudden death in 2016 from heart failure. She is survived by her three remaining children and their spouses, her nine grandchildren , four great grandchildren, a brother and sister, a large extended family and many friends.