Williamstown- Janice Mable (Lezer) Paronto, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 7th at her home with her son Scott by her side.
Janice lived a long love filled life. She grew up in Corinth, Vermont with her mom Hazel, brother Richard and sister Gloria. Her dad passed away when she was a child from a car accident. She remained close with her mom until her passing.
She went to nursing school and became a Pediatric Registered Nurse, a job she loved until her retirement in 1992.
She married the love of her life Irving (Joe) Paronto, or BlueJay as she always called him on August 8, 1955. They started their married life in New York City where she began a lifelong love of baseball and her favorite team the Yankees. In 1956 they moved back to Vermont to start their family. Their firstborn, David was born and then two years later Jeffrey came along. They enjoyed many outdoor activities with their boys such as fishing, hunting, camping, and attending ball games. Twelve years later they were completely surprised by the arrival of their youngest Scott. Outside of her nursing career, her entire life was dedicated to her family. As her boys grew up and got married she welcomed their wives in as daughters. When her grandchildren came along, she along with Joe shared their love of the Yankees, hunting, fishing, camping, card games, and dogs with the grandkids and eventually great grandkids as well.
In retirement, she and Joe spent time traveling and being snowbirds between Vermont and Florida. They took three trips to Alaska, and a trip to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. They enjoyed going to church, gospel and country music shows, and auctions. At auctions they were always on the lookout for items that their kids, grandkids and great grandkids would like. They loved to go out to eat and treating their kids to dinners out for anniversaries and birthdays. When Joe’s health failed, she put her nursing skills to work and took care of him until his passing in 2014.
When Joe passed we all wondered how she would survive. But with the support of her family and her strong will she persevered. She continued to travel between Florida and Vermont, living with her son Scott in the summers and son Jeffrey in the winters. She continued to enjoy baseball, fishing, attending church and everyone’s dogs, especially her little dog Yogi.
In 2019, her middle son Jeffrey lost his battle with cancer. She sat by his side and held his hand as he left this world. Another proof of her love and devotion to her family.
When she recently became ill, and then subsequently learned there was nothing that could be done, she was not afraid. Her strong faith in God and trust in Jesus as her savior gave her peace with leaving this world.
She leaves behind a legacy of family, her (step) daughter Deborah and her husband Russell, son, David and his wife Pamala, daughter (in law) Susan, son, Scott and his wife Jane. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Erin, Adam, Ryan and his wife Mia, Jeffrey and his wife Jennifer, Sonya and her husband Raymond, Bridgette and her husband Josh, Abby, Val, Donald, John and Sheri, also 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 4th at 1PM at Enough Ministries on Washington Street in Barre, Vermont. A burial will take place sometime in June. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local humane society. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting awrfh.com