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Obituary for Janice L. (Sbrocco) Semanski

Janice L. (Sbrocco) Semanski, 84, of West Hartford, CT passed away on July 20, 2022.

Janice grew up in the Elmwood section of West Hartford and attended William H. Hall High School. She was a former member of St. Brigid Church where she received First Communion, was confirmed and married before moving about the United States and finally returning home to West Hartford in her retirement.

Janice loved her family and remained close to them throughout her many moves. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and was always on time with a card and a special handwritten note to mark the occasion. She loved helping people and found her calling in retail careers with A.C. Petersen, JC Penney and Alltel Wireless.

Janice was also a fierce advocate for the underdog and social justice long before it was a popular term. She believed that all people should be treated equally and with respect. While Janice did not have many hobbies, she did enjoy music and loved a good sale, especially if it was an item for one of her children or grandchildren. She was an avid Yankees fan, and could not wait for baseball season to begin, rarely missing a game.

While Janice was thankful for the many blessings bestowed on her, her life was filled with many challenges and marked with much heartache, she continued to move forward as giving up was not her style. She was a fighter who took solace and gained strength from the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can and the wisdom to know the difference.  

Janice was predeceased by her husband, Paul A. Semanski and her youngest son, Christopher L. Semanski. She leaves behind two sons: Paul J. Semanski of West Hartford, CT and his wife Rosemary; James A. Semanski and his wife Cathy of Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Janice also leaves two sisters: Lucille Hill and her husband Arnold of Berlin, CT; Carol LeBaron and her husband John of Harlem, GA; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for all who knew her, will be held at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, on August 4, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. followed by a graveside service at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT. Online condolences may be made at