Our sweet wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend Janice Lara Pereira Fontanetti passed away on July 22, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. Janice was born on May 17, 1956 in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil to Oswald Pereira and Brigida Lara. She was sealed to her sweetheart Carlos (Charles) Mozart Fontanetti on July 31, 1981 in the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple.
The oldest of two girls, Janice grew up in Santos, Brazil and loved frequenting the beach and playing volleyball. At the age of 19, she served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Porto Alegre Brazil Mission and was known as, ‘Sister Lara’. She spoke of her mission often and the love she had for each of her companions. Upon her return, she worked in the finance department for the Church Office in Sao Paulo Brazil, and eventually met her eternal companion at a singles ward. After becoming the parents to a son, they moved to Provo, Utah and had two daughters.
Janice had a love for literature and the written word and a sharp mind for linguistics and translation, which led her to a degree in English and Portuguese from Faculdade Ibero-Americana de Letras e Ciencias Humanas and further education in Language Acquisition at Brigham Young University . She had a successful career as a translator and project manager from which she made life-long friends and colleagues. She was immensely excited to be able to finish her career again working for the Church Office in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Publishing Services Department. But her true love was in sewing quilts or aprons for her family, friends, and coworkers, which many of them recall fondly. Her eyes would light up when she was able to teach someone how to sew her famous “yo-yo’s”.
Janice loved serving in the Church and held all her callings dear to her heart. As a primary president in Pleasant Grove, Utah, she would tell the children that they could only graduate primary if they were taller than her. She had a great love for the Relief Society, and for serving and caring for others. She always reminded those around her to think of others first and was known for her kindness and ability to make everyone around her feel special.
Janice is survived by her husband Mozart, sister Janine Lara Almeida, children Bruno (Anna) Fontanetti, Teresa (John) Fontanetti Stubbs, Tess (Cecil) Fontanetti-Rice, and grandchildren Mason and Owen Stubbs. She was preceded in death by her father Oswald and mother Brigida.
Janice will be remembered for her love of others, chocolate, her grandchildren, and devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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