Janys Aileen Carney



Janys Aileen Carney, age 73 of Lowell, went to be with her Savior on Monday, May 4, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Carney; parents, Francis Jay and Hilda Buckley; and step-son, Scott Carney. She is survived by her children, Kim (Mark) Silvis, David Thompson, Robyn Benjamin, Kelli (Matt) Mayer; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Kathy) Buckley and Curt Buckley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jan started sewing at 11 years old and had become a master seamstress. She was always willing to help friends and family whenever she could. She traveled to Swaziland, Africa with her church to serve the Lord and instantly fell in love with the people there, from then on, she was known as “Gogo Jan”. In 1985, she and her husband built “Butterscotch Castle”, a log home in Lowell, MI, for them and their 6 children. After living there for 35 years, they decided to sell the home they loved and moved to a condo in Kentwood. Less than one year later, she had suffered 30 mini strokes from a surgical complication. 3 months after that, she lost the love of her life. Life was never the same for her and while she tried to fight, the heartbreak was ultimately too much for her to handle. Jan was very creative and the life of the party. She loved to cook, sing karaoke and share their beautiful home with those closest to her heart. We take comfort in knowing she is now reunited with Ron and dancing to their song “Could I have this Dance”. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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13 Responses

  1. I loved seeing Janis in KZ and loved hugs from her greeting at the door!. She had such a great heart to serve the Lord! She will be missed!

  2. loved loved her joy for life.! Enjoyed a great trip to Ireland where there was never a dull moment with Jan ♥️What a wonderful women

  3. Extending my deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family. My fondest memories were when Jan stepped up and finished my prom dress for me.

  4. Jan always had a positive attitude when I would see her at family reunions. I know she missed Ron so much. Now they are together.

  5. Kim and all the family-
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Praying for you.
    Jen, Rick and Keegan

  6. What a loving and kind women. Always a joy to be around and so full of life. Jan and Ron supported us through a tough time in our life and we will be eternally grateful. Their love for each other was so REAL. We can only imagine them dancing together for Jesus.

  7. I came to be a live-in Caregiver to Janys a little less than a year ago, but I loved her like a Sister, and we became very good friends! We met through our kids, but I knew she was a lot of fun! We found out we had a lot of things in common like: the love of our families, crafts, music, dancing singing, etc… She taught me many things, and I taught her a few things! We enjoyed going shopping together! I am truly going to miss my friend! I take peace in knowing she is dancing with her beloved husband in Heaven! RIP my friend! I love you, and miss you!

  8. So sorry for your family’s loss. I met Ron and Jan through the Sunday Funnies league, and enjoyed the wonderful bowling banquets they hosted at their home.

  9. Sorry for your loss. I will miss her more than words can say. Jan was my secomd-hand shopping buddy. Plus we had lots of dinner together. They both will be missed by Ron & myself
    GODS Blessings to the family.
    Kathy & Ron Harder

  10. i worked with ron at g.m. and bowled with him and jan and a mixed league in the 80 ‘s.
    still have pictures at a party at our home …both ron and jan were lots of fun..
    have not seen or heard from them for too long of time…GOD BLESS them both…

  11. so sorry for your families loss, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and yours,

  13. We were sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and yours.

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