Janis Roscoe Carroll, age 76, passed away peacefully after a brief hospital stay near her home in New Port Richey, Florida on July 4th. Jan is remembered for her love of Peyton Manning, University of Tennessee Football, Jimmy Buffet, a mean Mahjong game and her signature drink, whiskey and water. Moving to Florida more than 20 years ago represented the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Jan, and she made the most of it – traveling to the beach and honing her skills as a connoisseur of the best oyster bars and happy hours in the Tampa Bay area. Her home was the Happy Hour spot for her beloved friends, where she kept everyone’s drink of choice on hand at all times, along with more food than they could ever finish.
Professionally Jan worked in group sales and marketing for Delta Airlines for 35 years, and through her employment took her daughter Stephanie and other family and friends on amazing adventures. She fostered a love of travel and experiences in her daughter that carries on through Stephanie and her family today. Jan unexpectedly found a whole new career at Hallmark Cards when she moved to Florida, managing in-store installations and display maintenance well into her 70’s.
Jan was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to First Generation American parents with roots in Poland and the Czech Republic. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Carroll Carson, son-in-law Aaron Carson, and granddaughters Elise and Aubrie Carson. She is preceded in death by her father Thomas Roscoe, brother Robert Roscoe and mother Irma Roscoe. Additionally, she is survived by her “sisters” Mary Ann Infante, Carol Pavuk, Jane Pietruch and Corrine Spezialetti. Jan was also blessed with a large group of friends – “chosen family” – who stuck by her through the end, with several of them playing a key part in her ability to continue to live independently in recent years.
The family will receive friends at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home in New Port Richey on Friday, July 28th from 4 to 6pm. Additional memorial events are planned in Knoxville, Tennessee and Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania in future weeks.
In lieu of flowers, Stephanie and her family ask that you honor charities that Jan listed as causes that meant something to her: The Pat Summitt Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent.