Janet Snow-Godfrey, 58

Human resources executive

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Janet Snow-Godfrey, 58, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Feb. 1, 2018 from ovarian cancer. She was surrounded in love by her sons, Benjamin and Joseph and her life-partner, Steve Orf. Born to Charles and Eleanore Snow and raised in Hazel Crest, she financed all of her education at the University of Illinois where she earned both a B.A and M.A. in labor and industrial relations. At U of I, she would walk into any situation and exude confidence, excel at solving both theoretical and real-world problems, or simply warm someone with a big laugh. There she also met Doug, and their union resulted in her sons Ben, married to Emily, and Joe, smitten with Tehva. She had a gloriously successful career becoming a senior human resources executive at PepsiCo and then a senior vice president of human resources at Bankers Life and Casualty, Sara Lee, Culligan International, and finally, Ochsner Health System. She took great joy in coaching other executives, facilitating change, and improving working relationships for all. 

However, business was not her first concern. Her greatest priority was always family — whether it was cheering her sons on at football games, helping them along their paths, or moving mountains for her siblings. She took leave for a year to care for her sister, Jess Anne Kosic, who died of cancer, as did their brother, Samuel. She also ensured that her parents' needs were attended to and was the guardian of her nephew, Bradley Ramirez, and aunt to her niece, Elena Diventi, and her husband Dan and their children Charlie and Molly, to whom she was "Nae Nae." 

She will be waked at Oak Park's Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 to 4 p.m., followed by a memorial party at the Carleton Hotel from 5 to 9 p.m. All are invited to share stories and celebrate her life. 

For those who can't attend, please send remembrances to Doug Godfrey, 225 N. Kenilworth Ave. Unit B, Oak Park 60302. If so inclined, please make a contribution in Jan's name to Planned Parenthood.

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