Janet Macdonald Kastberg
HOLLAND- Janet Macdonald Kastberg, 60, beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, godmother, sister, aunt, and friend, was taken from us on June 29, at her home in Holland, Mass.
Janet was deeply loyal to her family, friends, and community. She drew strength from her Christian faith, which was her pillar during troubled times.
Her son Erik Blake, daughter-in-law Jessica, and grandsons Henry and Miles were the light of Janet's life. She treasured taking the boys to baseball games, as well as their annual shopping trip for new cleats. She was so looking forward to watching the children at the Baseball Tournament in Cooperstown, New York, this summer. We are sure she will be there in spirit.
Janet was thoughtful in everything she did. She never forgot birthdays, or the magic of holidays, and she always gave homemade or store-bought gifts to her nieces and nephews. She was a loving and attentive godmother to Grace Connors and enjoyed shopping trips with her.
Janet was famous for using her sewing and knitting skills to make elaborate Halloween costumes every year for the children in her extended family. She would begin designing the costumes as early as August, working diligently right up to the day.
She was also a famous cook and a fierce competitor in the family's annual Christmas cookie competition. One year, she even made cookies emblazoned with the family's Scottish tartan design! Her deep-dish apple pies were legendary.
Janet had a zest for life. Her mother recalls that as a toddler, Janet would beg to be taken out in the stroller, or "the go-ridey," as she called it.
Janet grew up in the Walker Pond neighborhood of Sturbridge, where her first friend was Cindy Cronin. She graduated from Tantasqua High School in 1976, and she was a lifelong resident of the Sturbridge and Holland area, with deep ties to the community.
She was employed as the office manager at Café of Life Family Chiropractic in Sturbridge, and her co-workers there Jen, Raj and their children became part of her extended family.
The family wishes to thank Janet's friends, Gracellen Riel, Wendy Anderson, Michelle Schroth and Karen Martin, for all their love and support during difficult times.
Most especially, the family thanks Lucy Jakubowski, whose courage and strength is beyond measure.
Janet is survived by her son Erik Blake and wife Jessica and her grandchildren Miles and Henry Blake; mother Karen (Macdonald) Greenwood and her husband Richard; father Frederick Macdonald and his wife Paula; brothers Chris Macdonald, and Rick Macdonald and his wife Jessica; sisters Susan Macdonald, Lisa Burzynski and her husband Michael, and Kerry Macdonald; along with nieces, nephews, and many close friends.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, July 13,2018 from 4-7pm in Pillsbury Funeral Home 3 West Brookfield Rd.Brookfield. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: www.gofundme.com/justice-4-janet. For a complete obituary and online tribute please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com