Janet M. Wild
Janet M. Wild, 44, of Estes Park died Thursday, September 25, 2008, after a long illness. Originally from DeKalb, Illinois she was born the daughter of Alfred J. “Jack” and Mary J. Wild on December 18, 1963.
Early in her career, Janet worked as a bank auditor for both the federal government and in private banking. However, she loved nature and being outdoors. Several years ago she moved to Estes Park fulfilling her dream of living in a more beautiful, scenic place that offered the panoramic views, parks and outdoor activities that she enjoyed so much.
Janet married Donald C. Holycross on November 5, 2005 at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park where she was on staff at the time. Most recently, she was employed by the Holiday Inn in their Meetings and Event Sales department.
During her years in Estes Park, Janet also ran her own, very successful pet sitting business. Janet had a great love of animals and a uniquely intuitive relationship with them. She was active as a volunteer for the Pet Association of Estes Park in finding owners for pets in need of new homes.
Janet is survived by her husband, Don Holycross of Estes Park, her devoted dog, Sonny (a rat terrier mix), her mother, Mary J. Wild of DeKalb, IL six sisters, Margaret (Joe) Wyleta of Cary, IL, Barbara (Tim) Dahmen of Waunakee, WI, Anne Wild of Skokie, IL, Sue (Jim) Hughes of Genoa, IL, Nancy (Bill) Adams of DeKalb, IL, Christine (Jay) Monteiro of Waterman, IL, her brother J. Rick (Corie) Wild of DeKalb, IL and five nieces and nephews, Katie and Galen Hughes, Evelyn and Billy Adams and Olivia Monteiro.
Janet was preceded in death by her father, Alfred J. “Jack” Wild on September 27, 2007.
Janet’s family and friends are honoring her request that a memorial service not be held.
It was also Janet’s wish that any memorial contributions be made to the Pet Association of Estes Park, P.O. Box 4342, Estes Park, CO 80517.
Janet was a rare and exceptional friend. For those of us who were blessed with knowing Janet, her spirit will live on in our hearts always. She will be remembered for her love of living, her courage, and infectious laugh. We learned so much from Janet and will continue to be inspired by the example of her life, so well lived, to do more with our own lives…. and do it better than we have before.
Janet, we wish you new adventures, joyous good times, peace and Godspeed on the next part of your journey.