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Janet Cerven of Riverside

Janet P. Cerven (nee Kowalec), age 78 of Riverside. Loving mother of Timothy (Patricia) Cerven, Gregory Cerven and Michelle (Victor) Salazar, cherished grandmother of Jessica (Brad) Wunschel, Kyle, Kathryn and Matthew and great-grandmother of Lincoln Wunschel, dear sister of Marguerite, John, the late Daniel and the late Gregory Kowalec, fond aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, February 22nd, 8:00am until time of Prayers, 10:30am at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. 11:00am Mass at St. Mary Church, Riverside. Interment Private.

Due to current health regulations, a maximum of 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at any one time. Masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home. We kindly ask that you exit the funeral home after paying your respects to the family so that all visitors have an opportunity to enter. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

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On behalf of the Borowiecki Brothers (i.e., Larry, Tony, Marion (Boz), and Fabian), I extend all our condolences and prayers to the families and friends of our dear cousin, Janet. We lived next door to the Kowalec and Balter families when they lived at 4850 S. Wolcott in Chicago. Janet and her sister and brothers were our closest cousins and schoolmates. Janet was our occasional babysitter in our younger years. We know that she raised a little bit of hell and quite a bit of laughter when she passed through the pearly gates into heaven.

Larry Borowiecki Feb 22 2021 8:55 PM

My family and I are deeply saddened by the loss of cousin Janet. Even though its been too long since weve seen the Kowalec family, we all have fond memories of the times on Wolcot(?) and how wonderful and happy Janet and the family always were to us.

John Lukowski Feb 22 2021 5:06 PM

Praying for many blessings for Janet and the family. I know she will be truly missed. I can remember back in the day visiting her home. She was such a great hostess. Always putting others needs ahead of her own.

Fred and Sandy Altstadt Feb 22 2021 1:07 PM

My heart hurts for the loss of Aunt Janet. She was a light in this world. My condolences.

Karly McCurdy Feb 22 2021 10:37 AM

Dear Greg, Tim and the entire Cerven family, Im am so sorry for your loss. Ive known Janet almost as long as Ive known Greg. She was a sweet, funny and kind person. I loved to talk to her as she was very interesting and fun to talk to. She will be greatly missed by everyone that has known her. Love, Karen Boyes

Karen Boyes Feb 21 2021 11:40 PM

Have many fond memories of Janet, her parents and siblings. Our families shared many great times, and sad ones as well. May she rest in peace, knowing what a significant impression she left on us, and how grateful we are for knowing her.

Paul Lukowski Feb 21 2021 8:46 PM

Im so sorry to hear about Aunt Janets passing. She was too young. I pray the family finds comfort through God and in the fact that I always remember her having a big smile on her face and a fun disposition. My condolences and blessings. -Kevin Nicholson

Kevin Nicholson Feb 16 2021 3:56 PM

So very sad to hear of the loss and our sincere condolences to the family and especially my cousins and their children. Have very fond memories of Aunt Janet. When I was as young as 8or 9- she was always the hippest and loved to be with her! Blessings to all during this difficult time. Jackie (Nicholson Thurlby) Stine & Mike Stine

Jackie Stine Feb 16 2021 10:34 AM