Janice Chester left our world on Thursday evening, June 25th after fighting a heroic battle which included countless victories against an 11 year encounter with Breast Cancer that metastasized to the bones. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Brian Chester, her son Andrew, daughter Sarah, sister Susan Strahle, her parents Al and Joan Demeo, and the dog she never wanted, yet grew to love, Gizmo.
Janice was from Long Island. She migrated to Richmond after college and we eventually met, went on a date, and never looked back. I was always fascinated beyond comprehension of how this tiny little lady had such a magical way with people. It did not matter the stature as to how important the person was, they gravitated to Janice, and thrived upon her opinion, and precious moments of conversation. Her father Al, has that same magic of which I have always admired. Janice had countless Best Friends, and those whom were blessed so, count yourself as such as your relationship with her was sacred. Her bestest of best friends is her sister Susan. She is Janice’s hero and Janice is her hero. Janice gave deep and compassionate love to her children, Andrew and Sarah. She learned to give that great and wonderful love as it was given to her from her Mother Joan.
I can hear a vacuum in the background and it will be there from time to time. But one quick peek at a photo of Janice or reflecting upon my time with her will quiet that noise quickly. Janice your family and friends will keep you alive, and The Legacy has only just begun. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm-5:15 pm. A visitation will follow the service at Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Parkway Richmond, VA.
Per the COVID-19 restrictions for the State of Virginia, everyone over the age of 10 will be required to wear a mask while in attendance. In compliance with Virginia’s Phase II regulations, our establishment is limited to a 50% (150 people) capacity during the service. If you are not able to attend in person a link is included below to join via livestream.