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Janine Marie Tollis

Date of Death: February 12, 2021
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Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Friday 2/19, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
130 Keating Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601
(540) 662-5858 | Map
Saturday 2/20, 12:00 pm
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Sacred Heart Academy

Janine Marie Tollis, 61, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Winchester, Virginia, with her sons by her side. Mrs. Tollis was born in 1959 in Johnstown, PA, daughter of Elizabeth Rozich Kinnel of Johnstown, PA, and the late John Rozich. She was a graduate of Greater Johnstown High SchoolContinue Reading

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Fransha Dayo left a message on February 20, 2021:
Michael and Eric I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom had a big heart and loved working as a school nurse. I always told her to go and get her nursing degree, but she always said “No, I’m too old”. Her smile was contagious! She was always willing to help anyone that needed it. I remember her telling me about the cruise she took with your dad. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️ Fransha Dayo
Robert Rozich left a message on February 20, 2021:
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Kathy Heider left a message on February 20, 2021:
I,m so very sorry for you loss of your mother , grandmother , sister. I got to know your mom ,grandmother from being at the Villa Crest here in Johnstown i,ve never met a stronger person than her . She told me so wonder stories about your loved and her daughter she is now with the lord and is free no more pain and is walking down that golden road . Your grandmother has a special place in my heart and I’m going to be watching the funeral also but from home ! So stay strong and know that your loved one is at peace
Beverly Busch left a message on February 20, 2021:
Mrs Rozich, Denise, and Jay's sons, You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. I saw her face in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat and knew her immediately. There are so many wonderful memories of Jay to treasure forever. The most wonderful is her smile! It's so hard to hard to think how time flies and we've all grown up since softball days and have families of our own, but the good memories will remain. Love and prayers sent to all of you, Bev Busch (Snoby)
The Slaters left a message on February 19, 2021:
Remembering her gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Paula L Tennant left a message on February 19, 2021:
I will miss my dear friend, Janine, as I do Joe. You guys were such a big part of our lives as the kids were growing up. I will always remember the compassion, love and family connection you gave us over the years. You were very much like a sister to me. I loved our dinners together, pet sitting for you, birthday parties and just hanging out. When we lost the babies, you and Joe felt my pain and helped me through it. I will always be thankful for that. Michael and Eric, I'm praying for both of you, for peace and comfort. I love you both and am here if I can do anything for you. It's not easy reaching different milestones without a parent there to celebrate with you. I've been there, I know, so please reach out to the boys or myself. I really had fun at your wedding, Eric and Elizabeth, because it reminded me of the family love I've always felt from your parents. Please continue that legacy. It's a blessing all around. Elizabeth, "Mom", Joni & Joe, Dana and the rest of the family, you are in my prayers as well. Thanks for making me feel a part of the family! :)
Sister Mary Agnes Spampinato left a message on February 18, 2021:
I am so sorry to hear of Janine's death. I promise my prayers for her whole family as they journey through this time of grief. I have fond memories of Janine as a small child coming to visit my parents with her Uncle Jack, who she dearly loved. Jack said that Janine always wanted to go every place with him. They were VERY close. I had a great conversation with Janine at her Aunt Rita's funeral. She gave me a CD that Joe made shortly before he died. I treasure that. PEACE
Greg & Jan Paratore left a message on February 18, 2021:
Denise, Tom, Mrs. Rozich, Joni, Joe, and the Tollis family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire extended family. Janine is in a better place and her memory will always be a part of you. May you find peace. Greg & Jan Paratore
Andrea Standley left a message on February 17, 2021:
From The California Family I met Janine about 35 years ago when I was putting together a softball team for Warner Bros. Records – which is where I worked. The company wanted to sponsor a girls fast pitch team, but we only had about 6 girls who could really play well, so I put up an ad at the sports office looking for more players who wanted to play competitive softball. Janine answered that ad and I told her to meet me at the park for “try-outs” since not all girls who said they could play, could actually play . So there she was, this young, energetic young woman, glove in hand and cleets on feet! After she hit the ball to the fence, ran the bases like a pro and slid beautifully onto home plate, it was the beginning of a wonderful friendship… as well as an awesome softball team!  After tryouts, we talk about ourselves, with Janine telling me all about how her husband Joe and she moved from Pennsylvania to California to pursue Joe’s dream. He loved music, and really wanted to up his guitar skills. He knew of the famous Guitar Institute in Hollywood (which was THE place to hone those skills as well as make great contacts in the music industry), and he and Janine knew the best time for him to give his dreams a shot would be early in their marriage, before they started a family. So they left home, left their families and friends behind, and came to Hollywood, California. The coincidences in our meeting the way we did and the eventual deep and loving friendships with both Joe and Janine didn’t go unnoticed. God had a hand in it, for sure. There were about 8 fast pitch softball teams looking for players through the sports office, but Janine picked our team to call. She never said it, but I’m believing she felt playing for a record company team could be a good “connection” for Joe. Bottom line, her support of him was always undeniable. However, she had no idea that I was also a songwriter at heart with similar dreams like Joe. Needless to say, when Joe and I met, we had a lot to talk about. But the best part of my friendship with the two of them was the privileged to watch their devotion to their faith and each other. I eventually could never think of one without thinking of the other. They simply became one entity to me…they were Joe and Janine. An Inseparable, beautiful, unique entity. I look back on my time with them with such fondness; I loved them, and when my family met them, well, they fell in love with them too. My mom, affectionately known as “Bubbles”, called Joe and Janine her “kids” and memories of all of us together continue to fill my heart with joy, even during the hardest days. When our daughter Kristan was in a terrible car accident, it was Joe and Janine who were the first to be at the hospital to see her and to comfort Jim and me. When our family stood for hours during an event this country called Hands Across America, we stood hand in hand with Joe and Janine. I will be thinking of them during the 35th anniversary of Hands Across America this May. Joe built our deck at our house (which is when we learned his about his carpentry brilliance), while Janine helped my mom in the kitchen. And yes, we won the softball championship that year, with Janine proudly earning the Most Valuable Player of that game. Then, way too quickly, it was time for them to go home. Joe had mastered his guitar and graduated from the esteemed Guitar Institute, but a musician’s life is hard at best. Still, he conquered that difficult course; he did what he set out to do, and quite honestly, that was Joe and Janine. They did what they set out to do, together. After they left, Janine and I kept in touch. Jim and I came to Virginia a few times to visit. We sent a few letters, and Facebook eventually allowed us to follow each of our family’s adventures. In true Joe and Janine fashion, they became foster parents and then Michael and Eric were born, my kids grew up; Jim and I became grandparents, and our lives went on. Jim and I were able to visit with Joe before he passed, and I was here for his memorial as Janine’s friend, bringing with me all the love I could from her California family. As for success with his music, give a listen to his CD FULL CIRCLE. While Joe was great with his hands, he was even greater with his heart. The songs are amazing and Janine burst with pride when talking about it. I understood why, and with that said, Joe’s dream was realized in a much more powerful way than I’m sure he ever anticipated. A couple years back, Janine, Michael and Eric came to LA and we went to Universal Studios and then had a 4th of July event at my cousin’s house – and we had a blast! I was a little worried about my daughter Rian introducing Michael and Eric to BEER PONG, but overall, it was simply the most wonderful time and visit. A picture of that day, with Janine, Michael, Eric, my daughters Rian and Kristan, her husband Rick, my husband Jim is on my family wall in my house. I see it every day and smile with gratitude, and for the record, only FAMILY are on that wall. When I learned of Janine’s diagnosis, I cried on and off all day. She fought, and was doing so well that I believed (because I needed to) that she would beat this horrible invader. And our lives, again, went on. I learned Eric was going to college with a goal toward medical school. I heard Michael had a good job and was doing great. Another year went by and I heard Eric met this amazing young woman (Elizabeth) and they were getting married. Janine said she would save a place for me at her table, and while I did try to get there, circumstances made it difficult and I couldn’t attend, much to my regret. Early last year, Janine and I talked about getting her, Joni, her mom and me to set a date to meet up in Vegas (and yes, we have a slight gambling problem – we love it!). Then Covid hit...and life went on. Janine, like Joe, lived life within such amazing faith. She loved more than most; she gave more than most and she made a difference in so many lives. She made a huge difference in mine. Janine has followed Joe home now, and knowing that makes this a little easier for me. Yes, life goes on. But, I’d like to say to whomever is reading this, please stop to smell the roses. Make more time for those you love. Take pause and give thanks more than you take pause to just catch your breath. Think of Joe and Janine often, and start each day with gratitude for the things that matter most. I was blessed to have Janine in my life, and while regret adds nothing to anyone’s life, one more visit, one more day; one more conversation with her would have added so much more to my life of the only thing that really matters…love for each other. Janine has hit the ball to the fence, rounded the bases like a pro and slid beautifully into home. It was a privilege to be her friend.
susan Castiglia left a message on February 17, 2021:
The Castiglia Family would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful Mother. We remember her fondly from her days at Sacred Heart Academy. She was a very caring person trying to help students and their families. Michael and Eric we are very sorry for your loss.
Dana left a message on February 16, 2021:
Aunt Janine, You were one of the strongest people I know. You were not only my Aunt and Godmother, but also someone who I looked up too. Someone I could go to for anything, and I know you would have a strong opinion about it, but it was always to steer me down the right path. You were always trying your best to be there for everyone. You were such a caring person. I strive to be like you every single day, and I hope to be half the person you were. You had such a great sense of humor, and always tried to make us all laugh. It definitely is not fair that Cancer had to take you so soon, but we know you will not be in pain anymore. Rest easy Aunt J, I hope heaven treats you well. Prayers and love sent to Michael, Eric, and Elizabeth. ❤
Dana Hochstein left a message on February 16, 2021:
You will be missed Aunt J
Joni and Joe Hochstein left a message on February 15, 2021:
We will miss you sooooo much! We know your in Heaven with Joe that helps to ease the pain a little. We will always be here for Michael and Eric. Michael and Eric our hearts are breaking for you. Love Aunt Joni and Uncle Joe
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