Janet M. Libonate
August 24, 1943 – July 30, 2020
On July 30, 2020, Janet M. Libonate; beloved wife of Lewis Libonate; devoted mother of Andrew Libonate and wife Heather, and the late Gina Libonate; loving grandmother John, Jackson, and Josephine Libonate; dear sister of Kenneth Ninkovich and wife Jane and the late Ronald Ninkovich and his surviving wife Linda; sister-in-law of the late Betsy Ninkovich.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, 1:00 p.m., at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 8th Ave., Suite 902, New York NY 10018, www.hdsa.org A memorial service will be held in the future. Please check back to our funeral home website for future service information, and to leave an on-line condolence for the family @ www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com
- Lewis Libonate, Husband
- Gina Libonate, Daughter (deceased)
- Andrew Libonate & wife Heather, Son
- John Libonate, Grandson
- Jackson Libonate, Grandson
- Josephine Libonate, Granddaughter
- Kenneth Ninkovich & wife Jane, Brother
- Ronald Ninkovich & his surviving wife Linda, Brother (deceased)
- Betsy Ninkovich, Sister-in-law (deceased)
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- Huntington's Disease Society of America
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Janet M. Libonate
August 6, 2020
Thank you for helping me "snag" the love of my life. You were a fantastic Armistead/Mervo friend. Condolences to Lew and family. Rest in peace my dear.
August 5, 2020
I was very close to Gina, Janet's daughter. We met online about 17 years ago and became instant friends. We roomed together at a conference for hydrocephalus, which we'd both lived with all our lives, and she was eager to learn about autism, which my son, now 26, was diagnosed with as a toddler.
Gina's death nearly 13 years ago shattered me. I learned of it from an email her brother had sent. It was extremely sudden. We were the same age, too, which made it even more difficult. She was only two months older.
When we visited my family in VA, I connected with Lew and Janet, who were kind enough to take me to Gina's grave. They held me and allowed me to scream, cry, and come to terms. It was badly-needed closure, and I'll never forget their comfort and kindness.
A couple years later, I learned of Janet's Huntington's. I knew, and still know, very little about the disease, but I know it's horrific and am sure she showed courage and grace as she battled it. I'm relieved that her body is finally free of the pain, and that her soul is at peace.
Thank you, Janet, for your kindness and love. Rest in peace, Friend, and please hug Gina for me. <3
August 4, 2020
Janet is the absolute best example of a Mom, grandmother, and friend that I have ever met. When John Michael was born Janet was determined to make his first words "Grandma". Whenever we visited, she would hold John and recite, "grandma, grandma, grandma", with a big smile on her face. As John got older, Janet preferred that we let his hair grow, so when we took him for hair cut, she would look and John and say to him, "what did your mommy and daddy do?". Again, with a big smile on her face. That is how I remember Janet; kind, loving and always smiling and laughing. My heart aches for the entire Libonate family.