Janice Yoshiko Yano Aoki

22 Comments

  1. Bobbi Dorgan

    I met Janice last summer playing tennis out of Lakewood Tennis club and thoroughly enjoyed her on the tennis court demeanor and competition either as an opponent or partner. Even though I only met her recently, she touched my life as many others am sure. Thankful for such a beautiful bio of her life and sharing it with her friends. She would have been proud to hear the many things you have written about her. Thank you! God Bless you all and my condolences for your loss.

  2. Leslee Waggener

    We were saddened to read of Janice’s passing today. We traveled with her to Costa Rica in 2017 and loved her sense of adventure! Such a lovely woman, full of life and wonder. Prayers ascending. Leslee Waggener and Viola Rodriguez

  3. Mary Murray

    What a beautiful remembrance of Janice. I did not know her personally, but knew her tennis game quite well, from the opposite side of the net! She was a fierce competitor, but always ended each match with a warm handshake. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Donald Kimminau

    Janice was a fellow golfer in our Monday golfing group. She was quite a competitor as well as a good friend. For the past few years, Janice and I
    celebrated our December birthdays together at the Fresh Fish Co. restaurant.

    I will miss her now and in the future. My sympathies to her daughters and
    all of her family.

  5. Jann Levinsky

    I will miss Janice on the court with all of us. But I promise, in her memory, to perfect her cross court drop shot so no one will miss the annoying shots we all loved. May she Rest In Peace and watch over all who loved her and called her “friend.”
    With deepest sympathy and respect, jann levinsky

  6. Angie Kinnaird Linn

    So very sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. I only played tennis against her a couple of times but can attest to her competitive spirit. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

  7. Judy Weeks-Rohner

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my friend! I enjoyed the hours we spent while we went over data regarding the Kearns wire center at work, but the time we enjoyed after work are precious memories. Her Christmas visits and our lunch dates were special, especially this last one when she was able to tell my grandson about the importance of an education and stories of her days in the engineering department. I will miss you Janice, but I will cherish your memory! She dearly loved her daughters and family.

  8. Roberta Klein

    My husband and I had the pleasure of getting to know Janice over these past five years or so. She has joined us for several Bronco games with her good friend, Judy Brand. She lived the Broncos.
    When we were with Janice, we learned about her family in SLC, where we also have family.
    We were privileged to see videos of her granddaughter ice skating. She was so proud of how hard this granddaughter worked at her sport, and of how well she was doing.
    My husband had a chance to play tennis with Janice, and to see how talented she was in her beloved sport.
    Janice loved her family and her life, and has left a marvelous legacy to both family and friends.

  9. Brian Triptow

    Janice and I were mixed doubles partners in the Corporate Games when we both worked for US West. I always enjoyed how she expressed her love of life through her love of tennis and pickleball. Be well my friend.

  10. Richard Hadlock DDS, Salt Lake City

    I’m shocked! Janice and I teamed up in doubles tennis for the World Senior Games in St George, UT. We won Silver in 2017. I’ve known Janice for many years prior. I will miss her and I’m again reminded of my own mortality. My condolences to her family.

  11. Barbara Mershon

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom! I will miss seeing Janice and playing tennis with her- she was always a wonderful partner and opponent and ready with a kind word. May she rest in peace.

  12. Gordon Shepherd

    My brother Gary and I grew up with Janice while attending Liberty elementary, Lincoln junior, and South High schools in Salt Lake City. In the 5th grade I announced that I didn’t like girls, but the truth was I secretly had a crush on Janice, which I demonstrated by finding creative ways to annoy her. She was cute, smart, and a competitor, even then, with sassy retorts to all my silliness. Beyond this, of course, Janice was always a kind and thoughtful friend. Her talents for self-initiative, quiet leadership, effective teamwork, and cooperative action became increasingly evident in the numerous school organizations and activities that she took part in. Janice was popular with her classmates for all the right reasons; she was the one you always wanted on your team if something needed to be done. In our adult years I regularly have looked forward to seeing Janis at high school reunions. Among all our old childhood friends, she seemed the least changed by time—still bright, spunky, athletically fit, and generously friendly—way too young to be suddenly gone. Her family’s obvious loss is one shared by me and many others.

  13. Sylvia Shumway

    What a sad surprise of Janice’s passing. We were part of the tennis group of friends inhabiting the Liberty park tennis courts in the 1970s, besides our tournaments around the city’s other clubs as well. She came to visit me when I lived in Connecticut. We went to the US open matches several times, made a side trip to the Washington mall to visit the historical sites there. Her bio is even more impressive. She will be missed.

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Life Stories

Janice Yoshiko Yano Aoki

In Loving Memory

Born:
December 10, 1943 Hunt, Idaho

Passed Away:
January 10, 2018

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“Two things to aim for in life – to get what you want and enjoy it.”
Kept fortune from a fortune cookie

Janice, our Mother, a Sister, an Aunt, a Grandmother, and a Friend passed away unexpectedly at home on January 10th, 2018 of natural causes.

Born to Mitsuru Yano and Mikiko Sugino Yano on December 10th, 1943 in Hunt, Idaho, Janice was the youngest of three children and the family resided in Salt Lake City, Utah. Feisty and responsible like her mother Miki and creative and athletic like her father Mits, Janice filled her life with adventure and nonstop activity. Married earlier to Robert P. Aoki (Divorced) they took their two young daughters Teresa and Cathy to live in Anchorage, Alaska. While there, Janice grew from a carefree young woman into a full-time mother and wage earner, learning to cook and sew and waterski along the way! After her divorce, Janice returned to Salt Lake City with her two girls and began her career at Mountain Bell/US West/Qwest where she eventually took an early retirement after rising through the ranks to a Telecommunication Manager in the Feeder Analysis Plan Network Facilities. Those middle years in Salt Lake City is where Janice honed her skills in softball, tennis, and downhill skiing. She braved the tumultuous teenage years of her daughters and taught them independence and supported them in their endeavors. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College.

She became a grandmother of five (Sergio, Marshall, Zane, Jessie, and Jaymi) and a great-grandmother of seven (Hannah, Bianca, Yoshi, Karma, Bailee, Brody, and Payton) and devoted many hours with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending their sports activities, vacation trips, and family get-togethers.

She was on many tennis league teams, played in many tennis tournaments including the Huntsman Senior Games annually, and traveled to many professional tennis tournaments as a spectator, notably the U.S. Tennis Open and Wimbledon. To say that tennis was her thing would be an understatement.

Janice moved to Denver, Colorado for her job and retired there when she was 55 years old. In her retirement, she worked part-time at Littleton Golf and Tennis, volunteered at the Food Bank, did a stint as an elementary school substitute teacher, and did freelance mural paintings on the side. Her Denver days were filled with tennis, golfing, pickleball, fun activities and dining with friends. She visited Salt Lake City regularly and there are many memories of tennis played with her daughters, nephews, and grandchildren. Janice was a competitive player, who could get quickly to the ball on the court even at age 74 and her tennis arsenal included a low, angled, fast serve, topspin, and a wickedly annoying drop shot. She hated it when people lobbed the ball. There were many Sunday mornings of golf in Salt Lake City with the family where candy bars were the bet with her grandsons Sergio and Marshall and even in miniature golf bets were made with her grandson Zane, a dollar for a hole-in-one and who would win the game. Pickleball was Janice’s latest sports passion which she introduced to the family and played with the same competitive edge.

Janice was a world traveler with trips to Mexico, Europe, China, Australia, Costa Rica, and India. She had a lifelong passion for sweets and pastries; Janice never met a bakery she didn’t like! Her pockets and purse always contained candy and she was truly blessed with her son-in-law, Rich who is an excellent baker and candy maker. Fine jewelry was another passion and she was always wearing many of her pieces even while playing tennis.

Mom, with your love, your passion for life and going for it, your sense of responsibility and civic duty, and especially in your later years, the more evident playfulness and humor buried under years of hard work and long hours, your family is thriving and it all began with you … precariously at first but with each new year with added strength and purpose in hard conditions until we could count many more sunny, good tennis days than cloudy or storm. The two things you aimed for in life, to get what you want and to enjoy it was taken off your bucket list too early.

Janice is survived by her daughters, Teresa Aoki (Tom) and Cathy (Rich) Hampton, her grandchildren, Sergio Herrera (Kortney), Marshall White (Tiffany), Zane Wilson/Miranda, Jessie (Ray) Martin and Jaymi Hampton, her great grandchildren, her two sisters, Irene (Art) Kato and Lillian (Carl) Clark, and her nephews and niece, Bruce (Michelle) Kato, Steve (Lisa) Kato, Kerri (Jason) Halsey, Robert (Roxanne) Clark, Ric (Meda) Clark, and Mike (Jennifer) Clark.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Youth Tennis Program or the Food Bank. A celebration of Janice’s life will be announced soon.

22 Online Guestbook Entries

  1. Bobbi Dorgan

    I met Janice last summer playing tennis out of Lakewood Tennis club and thoroughly enjoyed her on the tennis court demeanor and competition either as an opponent or partner. Even though I only met her recently, she touched my life as many others am sure. Thankful for such a beautiful bio of her life and sharing it with her friends. She would have been proud to hear the many things you have written about her. Thank you! God Bless you all and my condolences for your loss.

  2. Leslee Waggener

    We were saddened to read of Janice’s passing today. We traveled with her to Costa Rica in 2017 and loved her sense of adventure! Such a lovely woman, full of life and wonder. Prayers ascending. Leslee Waggener and Viola Rodriguez

  3. Mary Murray

    What a beautiful remembrance of Janice. I did not know her personally, but knew her tennis game quite well, from the opposite side of the net! She was a fierce competitor, but always ended each match with a warm handshake. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Donald Kimminau

    Janice was a fellow golfer in our Monday golfing group. She was quite a competitor as well as a good friend. For the past few years, Janice and I
    celebrated our December birthdays together at the Fresh Fish Co. restaurant.

    I will miss her now and in the future. My sympathies to her daughters and
    all of her family.

  5. Jann Levinsky

    I will miss Janice on the court with all of us. But I promise, in her memory, to perfect her cross court drop shot so no one will miss the annoying shots we all loved. May she Rest In Peace and watch over all who loved her and called her “friend.”
    With deepest sympathy and respect, jann levinsky

  6. Angie Kinnaird Linn

    So very sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. I only played tennis against her a couple of times but can attest to her competitive spirit. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

  7. Judy Weeks-Rohner

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my friend! I enjoyed the hours we spent while we went over data regarding the Kearns wire center at work, but the time we enjoyed after work are precious memories. Her Christmas visits and our lunch dates were special, especially this last one when she was able to tell my grandson about the importance of an education and stories of her days in the engineering department. I will miss you Janice, but I will cherish your memory! She dearly loved her daughters and family.

  8. Roberta Klein

    My husband and I had the pleasure of getting to know Janice over these past five years or so. She has joined us for several Bronco games with her good friend, Judy Brand. She lived the Broncos.
    When we were with Janice, we learned about her family in SLC, where we also have family.
    We were privileged to see videos of her granddaughter ice skating. She was so proud of how hard this granddaughter worked at her sport, and of how well she was doing.
    My husband had a chance to play tennis with Janice, and to see how talented she was in her beloved sport.
    Janice loved her family and her life, and has left a marvelous legacy to both family and friends.

  9. Brian Triptow

    Janice and I were mixed doubles partners in the Corporate Games when we both worked for US West. I always enjoyed how she expressed her love of life through her love of tennis and pickleball. Be well my friend.

  10. Richard Hadlock DDS, Salt Lake City

    I’m shocked! Janice and I teamed up in doubles tennis for the World Senior Games in St George, UT. We won Silver in 2017. I’ve known Janice for many years prior. I will miss her and I’m again reminded of my own mortality. My condolences to her family.

  11. Barbara Mershon

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom! I will miss seeing Janice and playing tennis with her- she was always a wonderful partner and opponent and ready with a kind word. May she rest in peace.

  12. Gordon Shepherd

    My brother Gary and I grew up with Janice while attending Liberty elementary, Lincoln junior, and South High schools in Salt Lake City. In the 5th grade I announced that I didn’t like girls, but the truth was I secretly had a crush on Janice, which I demonstrated by finding creative ways to annoy her. She was cute, smart, and a competitor, even then, with sassy retorts to all my silliness. Beyond this, of course, Janice was always a kind and thoughtful friend. Her talents for self-initiative, quiet leadership, effective teamwork, and cooperative action became increasingly evident in the numerous school organizations and activities that she took part in. Janice was popular with her classmates for all the right reasons; she was the one you always wanted on your team if something needed to be done. In our adult years I regularly have looked forward to seeing Janis at high school reunions. Among all our old childhood friends, she seemed the least changed by time—still bright, spunky, athletically fit, and generously friendly—way too young to be suddenly gone. Her family’s obvious loss is one shared by me and many others.

  13. Sylvia Shumway

    What a sad surprise of Janice’s passing. We were part of the tennis group of friends inhabiting the Liberty park tennis courts in the 1970s, besides our tournaments around the city’s other clubs as well. She came to visit me when I lived in Connecticut. We went to the US open matches several times, made a side trip to the Washington mall to visit the historical sites there. Her bio is even more impressive. She will be missed.

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