S: The Story of Jeff and Janet Wilson
1: Dedicated to Jeff and Janet Your family and friends love you very much! | April 23, 2012 35 years and counting for 2 perfect soul mates.
2: The Happy Couple
4: Future Career?
5: Who are these 2 clowns?
6: Jenny Olsztynski's Memory | I met Jeff when I was a 19 year old college student at Continental Bank. He was my manager and gave me the opportunity to supervise people. This was a big risk considering my atrocious attendance record. Thank goodness Jeff was a risk taker! After graduating from college, I moved to a different part of the bank where I met Janet. She was cute and perky. Her first day on the job, she wore knee socks and Weejuns. I too was a knee sock and Weejun girl. We quickly bonded. Some months later, my boss asked me if I knew Jeff Wilson. He had been recommended by someone that would be good for our group.I told my boss that Jeff was great and we should hire him. But before Jeff could get the job, he had to interview with Janet. He passed the test. As time went on, Janet, Jeff, and I often found ourselves going out for drinks with other members of the group. It was a fun time in our lives. Eventually Jeff and Janet fell in love. Ski and I often socialized with them. One January, after a particularly tough time for me at work, Jeff and Janet suggested we rent a house in the Indiana Dunes from a friend of Jeff's. The house was named "Dota Duna". It had no T.V., was right on the lake and promised lots of solitude.
7: We could really get away from civilization. So on a snowy January night we arrived at Dota Duna. We brought lots of provisions!!! However, after 24 hours, we had gone through our provisions and were not in need of solitude. It was also about 10 degrees out so walks on the beach were not appealing. I suggested we call my mother (Louise) and see if we could borrow a television set. Then the men could watch football. Louise only lived about 30 minutes away. We loaded up the television and headed to a local supper club with Louise. Mr. Kenny's had a great band. There was lots of eating, drinking, and dancing that night. At some point, I leaned over and asked Jeff when he was going to make an honest woman out of Janet> He could have told me to mind my own business, but he didn't. He said he was thinking about it. The following April,. Ski and I stood up with Janet and Jeff at a sweet little chapel on the Northwestern campus followed by a wonderful party at their apartment in Evanston. And so began a life long friendship that led to lots of great times, support during the tough times and memories to be made! I love you both so much and am thankful we are still a part of each others' lives! Jenny
8: Our Children Anne, Andrew, Tim, Lia | Anne with our grandson Sean
10: Special Times with Anne
12: Special Times with Andrew
14: Special Times with Tim
16: Special Times with Lia
18: Our Extended Family
19: "You guys are Jeff and Janet's greatest accomplishment. You are such a smart, close, fully accomplished extended family.. From Anne, your two towheaded sons Andrew and Tim and youngest daughter Lia you can see Jeff and Janet's influence. You're good people raised by good people. --Scott and Patti Wilson
22: Janet, our thanks for graciously fielding a memorable telephone call from a rather unpolished member of JPL/NASA Security informing the Wilson family that one of their favorite sons had really stepped in it this time. Jeff, our thanks for a couple of timely calls to the right people facilitating a patient transfer from the spooky intensive care gunshot ward of LA County-USC to the relative Club Med like tranquility of Pasadena Hospital. Roger Wilson Jeff, our compliments for showing up right on time at Columbia Women's Hospital Washington D.C. to facilitate the initial encounter between Dale and Helen on that fine October Day. Dale and Helen Wilson
23: The many houses of the Wilsons... The first I remember had crab apple trees in the backyard and a super cool basement for Anne and me to play in. The second was in La Canada. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving there with the whole family.Marcus and Andrew put too many bubbles in the tub and had a bubbletastrophy in your bathroom. We walked the neighborhood and played in the attic space that connected the rooms upstairs. We had some great times at that house. Next, the house of many bathrooms...one for every bedroom and if you weren't happy with those, there were more to pick from. I have never seen so many bathrooms in one house! Grammi and Grandpa were there. Tim had his own wing and there was the wall that had a mark for everyone's height. Then as an adult we visited Winnetka and watched a little baseball. I believe that was when you first met Ryan. Sean was two and hung out in the rented Mustang. Jeff took offense when I called Sosa, a.k.a. "the corker of the bat," a cheater. I have since taught my children to chant, "Chicago Cubs I hate it!" I am sure you appreciate that. 35 years is such an amazing accomplishment. What I have to contribute is really just what I have seen over the years. I know your relationship works. Jennifer Traynor
25: I have a memory of Jeff raising me and dropping me like an elevator when I was a small boy. And the pancake breakfasts after spending the night and jumping on the trampoline. I will always remember Janet's smile, she smiles all the time and it's infectious! Dan Boswell | Wow! 35 years of friendship and love, that's awesome. I too remember waking up on Sunday mornings at the Jarvis house to the smell of Jeff's chocolate chip pancakes and Janet's fresh squeezed OJ. One night there was a thunderstorm and it got really windy and I got scared and jumped in their bed. Janet comforted me all night. They are both so kindhearted and full of love and gentle sincerity. Jeff's laughter still resonated through my head and as Dan said, Janet's smile is infectious. Kate Boswell
26: Our Friends
30: Our Family
31: Tim or Sean?
32: Jim Olsztynski's Memory Janet and Jeff first came into my life during the early years of my marriage to Jenny, circa mid-1970's. My first encounter with them as a couple occurred at the old Emerald Isle Pub on Chicago's Rush St. where Jenny dragged me along to a gathering of co-workers. I can't remember whether it was a celebration or just a TGIF booze fest, but various friends from Continental Bank drifted in after work. Jeff and Janet arrived together as I recall. Although both were divorced or about to be, at the time they were not openly linked romantically. However, they could not evade my hanky-panky radar. As we departed the bar that eveing, I said to Jenny, "There's something going on between those two." Oh no, she assured me, shocked at my suggestion they might be shacking up. As usual, cynicism triumphed over idealism. My prescience was not so keen that I could have predicted a partnership lasting three and a half decades and still going strong, but it is a better world because of it. Chief among many other notable accomplishments of theirs, Janet and Jeff have raised a marvelous family. I got to watch the Wilson kids grow up in discrete stages over the years when work-related travel took me to Southern California every couple of years or so.
33: During those trips I usually paid a visit to the Wilsons at their home in in La Canada and later Pasadena.. Seeing Anne, Andrew, Tim, and Lia only every few years, I got a unique perspective on their maturation process. Each visit found them sprouted inches higher and noticeably brainier. Perhaps they were on their best behavior during my visits, and I know from various conversations over the years that sibling rivalries played out as they do everywhere, but I could not then or to this day detect any deep-seated conflicts common to most families. I remember more than once remarking to Jenny after my return home from these trips what a great family the Wilsons were. And are. There are no friendships I treasure more. Happy 35th, Jeff and Janet. Jim Olsztynski