Sandra E Janik

September 7, 1968July 4, 2019

Sandy Janik slipped away home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 4, 2019. She was born in Gadsden, Alabama, on September 7, 1968 and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 27 months old. Normal would be a word she never understood. The disease ravaged her body piece by piece, but she developed a vibrant personality and a contagious smile. She attended John Jones Elementary School and Southside High School where she was a member of the Panther Marching Band. Sandy moved with her family to North Canton, Ohio, in 1986 and graduated from Hoover High School in 1987 where she was a member of the famed A Capella Choir. She attended Kent State University where she met the man of her dreams, Chet Janik. They were married May 22, 1999. The love of Sandy’s life was Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Her goal was to attain the strong faith she admired in her Great Aunt, Lucille Rickles. She reached her goal and shared her faith boldly any place and with everyone. Sandy and Chet actively served the Lord and helped plant two churches. From childhood, Sandy treasured her large Cornutt family. She learned from them to celebrate triumphs and mourn tragedies with music. She loved to sing and dance, especially when she worshiped. Sandy was almost always “stylishly late.” But when Jesus came to carry her home, she was ready. She was always dressed in the latest fashion trend and wore a big smile. Through her health and worldly struggles, she maintained her smile. Sandy was a dreamer and had a keen sense of humor. One of her recent dreams was to start a coffee shop with sweet tea on the menu. She knew nothing about coffee, she just wanted a place where people could gather. She loved people and never met a stranger. Half of her life was spent in Ohio, but her heart was always in Sweet Home Alabama. In October 2018, Chet and Sandy moved to Alabama. She wanted to be close to her special nephews, Brian (Kara) Duncan and Dalton Daughdrill, and especially Brian and Kara’s girls Brooklyn, Kylee and Savannah. Sandy always had a love for children and for several years had a day care in her home. She had just recently begun caring for her cousin Melody (Chris) Oakley’s children Graham, Stella and Emmett. Sandy is survived by her loving husband Chet and her Mom and Dad, Sylvia Cornutt Coleman and John Coleman. She is also survived by her birth father, Robert (Shirley) Daughdrill and their family. Her loving brothers Randy Daughdrill and Jeremy Coleman, Chet’s Ohio Family, her Texas family and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Gadsden and the surrounding area.

Meeting Sandy in Heaven, are her grandparents Emmett and Mildred Cornutt, Walter and Ruth Daughdrill, her uncle Mark Cornutt and Aunt Kathy Shuta.

A Celebration of Sandy’s life will be held Tuesday, July 9, at Summit Church, 3225 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City. The service will begin at 7pm. Visitation, 5-7 pm.

Sandy requested casual attire, no black, no suits and ties and bright colors if possible.

The family requests no flowers or plants.

Donations may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Sandy would appreciate random acts of kindness done in her memory


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Marla Cole

July 7, 2019

As everyone knows Sandy was sweet as they come, she was authentic and loving. Her and Chet came to Cathedral of life after we attended but they were one of the first couple's to invite us over and we made a friendship. We stayed in touch on Facebook after they moved onto a new church. My heart sank when I saw the post of her passing. She really was a survivor! She will be missed! Chet , if you're ever driving through Virginia, please get a hold of us and come visit! We love you and are sorry for your loss..

Rowena McDaniel

July 7, 2019

Heaven has a new angel. One of the best women I have ever met! Praying for you Chet and all the family🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼.
My love to all!

Morgan Barton

July 7, 2019

Sandy was always a beautiful person, inside and out. I always looked up to her as a child. She was so kind and wise. I have very fond memories of her during my early years.
From a young age, Sandy was a strong Christian. I have strived to emulate her love for the Lord throughout my life. She was a very positive role model! She was my oldest cousin on my mom's side.
The years have separated us by distance, unfortunately. Although I haven't seen Sandy in years, her sweet, loving spirit was in existence on Facebook, which is how we kept it touch lately.
I am so very sad for her family to lose her so young. I know the pain of such a loss and my prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends she leaves behind. RIP sweet Sandy. Until we meet again.

Tammy Crawford

July 7, 2019

Sandy and I had a class together before I had to move at Southside and no one could've been more kind or caring than her. I would wait on her to check her bld sugar before we went to lunch and she would say you go on i will be there in a minute but I would wait right there to make sure she was okay. Just to be near her was such a joy and a blessing we lost a wonderful sister and friend and heaven truly gained an angel see you soon sweet Sis your siging with the angels in the presence of Jesus Christ now RIP sweet angel

Brenda Southerland

July 7, 2019

Sandy you are a beautiful young woman you will be greatly missed love and prayers are being sent up to our Father in Heaven for your loved ones.

Kim Cornutt Thompson

July 7, 2019

What a beautiful angel you were. You helped and encouraged me through this diabetic turmoil on countless occasions. I loved the way you loved our Savior. It radiated from your face when you talked. I am so glad we shared a family. Because of our faith we will meet again. As you explore heaven please whisper my name to our Savior as you wrap your arms around him ..and please kiss my daddy for me:)
Your cousin and friend