Janis M. Richtmyer, age 82, of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2020. She was born March 15, 1937 in Baltimore, MD, to the late Lawrence and Helen Maher.
Janis was proud to have outlived all five of her ex-husbands. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Paul Maher.
She had a long career as a nurse (MSN), a nurse administrator, and later as a healthcare consultant. In retirement, she owned and operated her beloved bed & breakfast in Georgia, The Inn at Folkston. There she made lifelong friends and developed a deep love for the Okefenokee Swamp, leading her to become an advocate for the preservation of this natural and abundant habitat.
Beyond her work, her passion in life was providing her seven grandchildren with cherished memories of all manner of adventure throughout their childhoods and beyond, from traveling to camping to fishing to boating to simply spoiling them in every way imaginable, often to their parents’ chagrin.
While she was a loving, caring person, intent on having fun with family and friends, she never shied away from rustling any feathers she thought needed rustling. The epitome of a strong, independent, capable woman, she enjoyed life in exactly the manner she saw fit, and traveled the country and the world well past the age at which her peers lacked the energy and vitality to do so. On top of it all, she was an expert cook whose recipes will live on through the generations.
Janis is survived by her children, Jeff Lenczyk, Holly Kobayashi, Leslie Leonard; grandchildren, Killian Roach, Chaki Kobayashi, Maki Kobayashi, Stephen Leonard, Hayden Lenczyk, Sophie Leonard, Rhys Leonard; great-grandchildren, Magdalene Roach, Calvin Roach, Remy Kobayashi; and countless beloved friends.