1961 ~ 2021
Resident of Grover Beach, California
On the morning of Saturday, October 2, 2021, the world lost a beautiful soul when Janene Joyce Barnewolt passed away at the age of 60 at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
Native of California and resident of Grover Beach, California. Since 2017, Janene was born in Pasadena and lived briefly in Costa Mesa before moving with her family to San JosÃ© in the mid-1960s. A graduate of Pioneer High School, Janene received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of ‘State of San Jose in 1984 and was for many years a freelance graphic designer and marketing professional. In 2003, she returned to San Jose State to earn her Level I Honors Education Diploma and then received her Level II degree from San Francisco State University in 2009.
Janene was a dedicated and caring educator, serving countless students in Sunnyvale, Berkeley and Alameda. For the past 4 years Janene has taught at Orcutt and San Luis Obispo schools and more recently at Grizzly Youth Academy. “Mrs. B.” brightened and improved so many young lives with his smile and encouragement. It broke his heart to miss his Grizzly students’ June 2021 graduation ceremony due to illness.
In addition to a love for her students, Janene had a special heart for dogs (especially Dalmatians) and was a “mom” to many furry children. She spent countless hours scouring websites and social media for puppies in need of a home. She was known to travel hundreds of miles to rescue and adopt dogs where she provided a loving home forever. His beloved Dalmatian PK and his Fozzi Bear ridgeback mix were by his side through thick and thin and gave him incredible love and affection.
Janene lit up a room with her beaming smile, sparkling blue eyes, and musical laughter. She loved to travel and had an artistic eye and a passion for beauty, be it photography, Murano glass or Great British Bake-Off cakes.
She has always loved the ocean and in 2017 she made her dream come true by bringing Fozzi and PK together and moving from Alameda to Grover Beach where she could see a piece of the Pacific from her home every morning. She loved watching her boys run to Avila Beach, watch the sunset at Oceano, and sip wine on a rooftop at Pismo or on the hill of Laetitia vineyard. Her time on the Central Coast ended far too soon, but it’s reassuring to know that she spent her last years in a place that made her so happy.
Janene was the daughter of the late Mercedes and Bruce Barnewolt. She is survived by her brother Brien and his wife Carol of Newton, MA, her nephew Christopher and her niece Claire, her brother Brent of San Jose, CA, countless loving cousins ââand many close and supportive friends who were his rock.
A memorial service and celebration of Janene’s life will be held on Saturday, November 6 in the Five Towns area, time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Adopt A Classroom, Berkeley Humane, or The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.
Published by East Bay Times on October 13, 2021.