Janice Cameron Kaluza, 67, of Hudson, Ohio, died suddenly and unexpectedly at University Hospital in Cleveland on Sept. 7, 2013.
Mrs. Kaluza was born May 13, 1946, in Washington, Pa. to the late Doris and Charles Cameron. Her sister, Beverly Cameron Clayton, continues to live in Pennsylvania with her husband, Donald. She is survived by her husband, Michael Kaluza; three daughters, Kristin (Ingolf) Kiland of Hudson, Ohio, Allison (Benjamin) Sargent of Stafford, Va., and Lauren (Bradley) Lodge of Singapore; and six grandchildren, Jackson, Isabel and Cameron Kiland; Janelle and Lucy Sargent; and Dagny Lodge. She is preceded in death by granddaughter, Eleanor Sargent.
After graduating from Fort Cherry High School and Grove City College, Mrs. Kaluza taught English in both Spain and Thailand while her husband was serving in the US Air Force. Living abroad instilled a love of travel that would remain a defining passion in her life.
Married for 46 years, Mrs. Kaluza and her husband raised their daughters in Pittsburgh and Denver before finally settling down in Hudson where they have lived for the past 21 years. She devoted herself to being a wonderful stay-at-home mother and wife for many years before obtaining her masters degree from Kent State University and resuming a career in teaching. She launched the Network program at Hudson High School for at-risk youth and also became a licensed facilitator of Love & Logic programs for both parents and teachers in the community. From troubled teens to distraught parents, Mrs. Kaluza committed herself to showing people better futures were always possible, no matter a person's past.
Known for her ease in frequent conversation with everyone from close friends to complete strangers, Mrs. Kaluza made time for anyone in need of a willing listener, a shoulder to cry on, or a dose of loving but practical advice. She treasured life, would frequently comment on how thankful she was for her many blessings, and whenever the opportunity arose, she would dance, whether she was cooking a meal in the kitchen or attending a wedding reception. Thanks to her gentle demeanor and heartfelt desire to help others, she made a positive and lasting impact on numerous families in the community. She will be dearly missed by many.
A funeral mass is scheduled at St. Mary's Church, 340 N. Main St., in Hudson on Oct. 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. For more information, please call the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home at 330-650-4181 or St. Mary's Church at 330-653-8118.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Beech Brook, 3737 Lander Road, Cleveland, OH 44124.
Beech Brook is a leading behavioral health agency that has been serving Northeast Ohio's most vulnerable children for more than 160 years. Mrs. Kaluza was a frequent donor and strong advocate for its programs. For more information, visit www.beechbrook.org.