Julianne Nicole Janssen
May 29, 1997 – September 11, 2020
A beautiful soul left this earth way too soon, leaving behind a legacy of love and laughter, courage and caring, and future plans for healing and helping. “Jules” as she was called by many, had a buoyant personality and left a mark on everyone she met. She lived her life surrounded by family and friends in San Jose, was well liked, and was grateful for everything she had in life, small or large.
She is well remembered for her generous gift of love. A phone call, good night, goodbye, text message or voicemail never ended without an “I Love You.” She loved her family and friends unconditionally and wanted everyone to be happy and feel important and often put others ahead of her own needs. Love, combined with humor, were key traits she shared in her life which provided a wonderful model for those she left behind. Julianne had a heart that was so big, which impacted both people and dogs. She had a special way with dogs as she was always making sure they obeyed her yet let them know she loved them. Her wish was to eventually work with animals and get a black Pug dog whose name would have been “Jack.”
Julianne was fun loving and enjoyed life. She and her boyfriend Andy laughed a lot, watched scary movies, ordered pizza, and spent quiet evenings reading together. She also went on many trips to visit her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and experienced special adventures to San Diego and also Alaska on a cruise where her grandmother reports her “eyes lit up when she saw the glaciers and the whales.”
Julianne struggled with anxiety, depression and addiction most of her life, but didn’t let it define her. Through it all, she sought to be accepted and happy. She fought hard and showed endless courage and is most certainly a model of strength and an inspiration to the many who also share these challenges as she never gave up. She was proud of her accomplishments in groups where she had an opportunity to lead and serve as support to others.
Life was not without goals and plans, as Julianne intended to continue with her job in retail and move forward to complete her education. She loved learning, especially when it involved writing and reading. With her boyfriend Andy, they expected to build a life which included a family. She wanted eventually to continue helping people and was committed to provide some kind of service to people who had faced similar challenges to hers.
Julianne is survived by her father, Jonathan Janssen, her mother, Linda Rogers, her Grandmother, Juanita Maccarone, her Aunts Donna Chaffin (Ryan), Judi Wilson (Bill), Jeri and Janelle Janssen, her Uncle Richard Rogers and her cousins Andy Wilson (Lindsey), Darien Drown (Daren), and Lauren Buss (Tim). She was predeceased by her Grandparents Pastor Ihno and Shirley Janssen. She is also survived by her boyfriend Andy Villanueva and many friends and acquaintances.
Words seem inadequate in describing this beautiful girl who left us at such a young age. It is very hard to adequately share the essence of who she was in these short paragraphs, but it is important to know that she held her God, her boyfriend, her family and her friends close to her heart and there is comfort in knowing she was happy and so loved when she left us. A book could be written about her short life containing stories of laughter, learning, a few tears, but most importantly an emphasis on the love she shared with all and the treasure that she was to her family and friends and all who knew her.
Donations in Julianne’s memory can be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Santa Clara’s fundraiser NAMIWalks at https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/InMemoryofJulianneJanssen or, make check out to NAMI Santa Clara County and send to 1150 S. Bascom #24, San Jose, Ca 95128. A memorial gathering will take place in the future when COVID restrictions are lifted.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Julianne Nicole Janssen
September 24, 2020
Julianne was a sweet girl. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Grandpa in heaven will look after her. She will be forever in our hearts. Love, Doreen
September 23, 2020
I was fortunate to be one of her elementary school teachers and appreciated seeing her smiling face. I do not do social media, so lately, I have been following JuliAnne’s journey as my daughter shared it with me. I always looked forward to hearing about her and enjoying her sense of humor. A few weeks ago, she asked my daughter to say, hello to me. It warmed my heart. She will be missed.