Janice Anne DiGioia

January 30, 1957January 6, 2019

Janice Anne DiGioia, 61, of Chatham died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She leaves behind her loving husband of 20 years, Jerry Evans and their two German Shepherds Amy Marie and Rainier.

Janice was born in Dansville, NY on January 30, 1957 to her late parents Joseph and Rosalind (Delaney) DiGioia. She was raised in Mt. Morris, NY where she graduated from Mt. Morris Central High School. After high school graduation, Janice attended Alfred University where she received her BSN ('79). She moved to Quechee, VT and began her nursing career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. In 1982 she and her late mother Roz took a great cross-country ride to Fort Defiance, AZ where Janice began what she referred to as her 'Southwest spiritual quest'. She pursued her Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Master of Science in Nurse-midwifery ('84). Soon after graduation, Janice came to the Cape and established the first Cape Cod Midwife program with Dr. William Connolly's private practice, the following year she joined Cape Cod Hospital where she remained for 5 years before moving to Florida to work with Sunlife Locum Tenens. In 1993, Janice came back to Massachusetts and settled in Quincy working for Locum Cambridge (South Shore Women's Health) and in 2009 she rejoined Cape Cod Hospital where she remained until retirement.

Janice loved life; she loved her job, her home and most of all her family. In her words, "so lucky to have had it all!” Things that made Janice smile were gardening, fresh tomatoes on the vine and her Alfred girls whom she adored. Her proudest moment, her nieces "living their true selves in every way"; her proudest career accomplishment, the success of Cape Cod Hospital Midwifery Service.. so proud.

Janice is predeceased by her parents. In addition to her husband she is survived by her brother Tom (Leesa Powers) DiGioia, sister Diane (Ken) Asai and her very close nieces Sarah, Abby, Caitlin, Kim and Mary. She also leaves behind her grandnieces Ayla and Amelia and grandnephew Joseph James (JJ).

Calling hours will take place at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St. (Route 28), West Harwich, MA 02671 on Thursday, January 10th from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will immediately follow and be officiated by Rev. Faith Lavender. Janice will be laid to rest with her parents 12 noon Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Mt. Morris, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janice's name to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, CCH Birthing Center, P.O Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601. For online condolences please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, January 12, 2019

Janice Anne DiGioia

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Lisa Pulsifer

January 29, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Janice's passing. I gave birth to my daughter in January 2016 and Janice was one of my midwives and may actually be the one who delivered my baby. She was very knowledgeable and comforting to me as a first time mom who was induced early for preeclampsia. May she rest in peace and may her loved ones be comforted by their memories of her and by the positive impact she had on so many people.

Jane Stephenson

January 15, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I came to know Janice 34 yrs ago. I was a young, pregnant woman, whose husband was in the military (Ft Knox, Ky). I was a case study for her. She was the most kind, thoughtful, great teacher and so much more, nurse midwife a woman could have. I was blessed to have 3 children AND 1 granddaughter! They are ALL great young adults. I am so thankful to have had Janice in my life. Prayers for peace.
Jane Stephenson
Danville, In

Jean MacBarron

January 14, 2019

I am so honored to call Janice a true friend and a colleague. We worked side by side since 1998, and shared many good times and shared the difficulties of life as a midwife. She taught me so much, just in the way she continued to work for women and babies and the love she obviously felt for midwifery. And we had fun, just being together, days at the spa, going to parties and events. I will miss her so much, but I cherish the time I had with her. Janice, you inspire me to always do better, and work harder to continue to provide the kind of loving, expert care you gave, and to focus on the positive. The service was amazing and a true testimony to Janice's breadth of love for her patients, family, friends over her lifetime. Go dance among the wildflowers, my beautiful friend. To Jerry, you will always have your memories and the love you shared. And you will always have my love and support.

Kitty Ernst

January 13, 2019

I don't have a memory of Janice but want to thank you for the posting of her life. She clearly was one of the many often unheralded nurse midwives that have brought us all to where we are today and with the love and dedication so common among our pioneers. I would love to have known her. Thank you for sharing this inspiring account of her life.
Kitty Ernst

Gerri Reid

January 10, 2019

It was a pleasure to have met you both on your trips to North Bay. You both were special fiends to Bill and Debbie. I know they share your loss and hope that they will be a comfort to you in the days ahead as they have been to me these past months. Thinking of you. Gerri Reid (Bill's mom)

Jane Gyorkos

January 10, 2019

I first met Janice in Baja and enjoyed the pleasure of her kind and generous spirit on many occasions. From watching whales swimming by at breakfast on the deck at the Playa del Sol to dancing on the waves on the Sea of Cortez, Janice’s sparkle and joy will be sorely missed by her Baja wind tribe.

Mats Hansson

January 10, 2019

Jerry and family
RIP Janice
Lina and I met you during a week in 2004 when you welcomed us is in your home in cap cod and gave us a wonderful week to remember.
We haven’t had any contact since then, bit we remember you as a warm and caring person.
We are saddened that you passed away so young .
Jerry we think of you and wish you well.
Mats Annlo and Lina with family

Kevin Reid

January 9, 2019

Jerry and family,

Please accept our sincere condolences. There are a lot of great memories with Janice down at Frisco Woods Campground. We miss her infectious smile and famous "DiGioia" meatballs. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace.

Kevin Reid & Mirela Stosic

Anthony Taravella

January 9, 2019

RIP Janice.

Tony Taravella

margaret grey

January 9, 2019

You taught me and I suspect many , how to be a good human being by just loving life and people and caring for all , what a wonderful spirit.
I remember meeting you for the first time, at our volly ball game in south chatham and you just radiated a gorgeous smile , many years ago, many wonderful and sad times in between but always you gave much to so many, so lucky you were a part of my life too.
Love always margy xxoxoxooxox We did have our dogs didnt we, those gorgeous dogs, we had so much fun with!!!