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Janet B. Ward


Janet (DiLoreto) Ward, born September 16, 1940, entered into Heaven's Gates on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the age of 81. Janet lived in Groveport, Ohio, with her life partner, Larry McCann. Janet was preceded in death by her parents; Andy and Rose (Casaro) DiLoreto, her late husband of 26 years; Chuck Ward, Eldest son; Michael Ward, and sisters; Patricia (Glen) Adkins and Mary Lou Walker. As a young girl, Janet worked along side her family in their American-Italian restaurant in the Short North, "20th Century". She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Columbus. Janet and Chuck were entrepreneurs, starting with Chuck's Little Giant grocery store, and later, Little Italy Pizza Groveport, famous for their homemade salad. Janet was renowned for her Italian recipes on Little Italy's menu. Janet was active in supporting the Groveport community; helping numerous needy families and sponsoring the many school sports' leagues through the years. She was active in the GALA, Sons and Daughters of Italy, and annually donated her time and talents to the Columbus Italian Festival,. Her heart was larger than life itself, so forgiving, so generous and so giving to all. No one was ever a stranger or for in her presence, she welcomed everyone with open arms Casinos were her enjoyment; sights, sounds and SLOTS! Janet is survived by her three children; Theresa (Mark) Porter, Nadine LaFond, Nicholas (Laura Honeycutt) Ward, Grandchildren; Chase (Talya) Porter, Chane (Abigail Jenkins) Porter, Samantha (Matthew Hand) Ward, Jordan and Monique LaFond, Avery Ward, Tiffany Jones, Aaron Honeycutt and Bobbie Weiner, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and her "adopted children", Michael (Tammy) Davis. Janet is also survived by her four siblings; Andrea (Roger) Myers, Julie (Roland) Lane, Andy (Lynn) DiLoreto and Tonette (John) Sanders. Visitation will be held at the JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME, 1177 W 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday November 23rd from 3-7 p.m. With a GALA service at 6:15 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 on Wednesday, November 24th at 11:30 a.m. Private family burial. In lieu of flowers donations to Groveport Food Pantry. To sign the on-line condolences please visit