Janet Garvin-Schmatz-Nostrant
Janet Garvin-Schmatz-Nostrant
Janet Garvin-Schmatz-Nostrant

Obituary of Janet Garvin-Schmatz-Nostrant

Janet was born at home to Charles and Margaret Curtin in 1937 in Lackawanna NY. She and her identical twin sister June were born into a large Irish Catholic Family of what would become 12 children. So much identical that while they were still young toddlers Grandma Curtin had tied different color ribbon around each of the girl’s wrist to help tell them apart. On one occasion while she was bathing her baby girls …the ribbons fell off. After all these years… we have always wondered if Janet was actually June or if June was actually Janet? She had a great big family and she loved each of her many brothers and sisters … Charlie, Paul, Jean, Rosemary, Margie, Jimmy, Bill, Eileen, June, Frankie and her beloved baby brother Kelly…. And all of their families. Janet and June were inseparable throughout grammar school and high school until each met the loves of their lives… June married Jimmy Ward and Janet married Steve Garvin. Steve Garvin was her High School Sweetheart. They courted and corresponded for 4 years after high school while Steve was in the Army serving in peacetime in Germany. They married on June 18th, 1960… exactly 60 years ago. They had 4 sons: Steve, Kevin, and Bryan. Tragedy struck in 1964 when her husband Steve died suddenly from complications of a ruptured appendix. Janet was 6 months pregnant with their 4th son Kelly when Steve died…. They had 4 boys altogether: Steve, Kevin, Bryan & Kelly. Three years after Steve’s death Janet married Paul Schmatz whose wife had also passed away… during childbirth. It felt like it was a good fit… Paul and Janet had 3 more children. As life has its up and downs her second marriage to Paul did not last. But the gift to our family did last… Mom had … Eddie and Karen (twins)…and our “baby” brother Mikey… as we fondly call him. Janet went on to raise all 7 of her children as a single mother for the balance of her child rearing days. After many years of struggling to find a steady paycheck to help pay the bills and a few times of standing in line for food stamps, Janet was given the opportunity to work for Western Regional Off-Track Betting. She spent over 25 years working for OTB until she retired in 2002. We would often joke that our Mom was a “bookie”. She knew all the best horses and jockeys. We have many friends who would rely on a good Derby tip … even to this day from our Mom. Mom struggled often as a single mom raising 7 children on her own, but she had some help from family and friends. She had a lot of family and she had a lot of friends… Our Mom would give someone the last nickel in her pocket if they needed help. And she often figured out ways to feed all of our neighborhood friends… because if they were our friends…they were a part of our family. She would make her now famous Goulash. We remember our days living at 109 Main Street in West Seneca so fondly… they were probably the toughest days, but we look back in amazement at how she held it all together. When we were all still pretty young...7 kids ranging in ages 2yrs -12yrs…Mom let our friend down the street Doctor Fote build an ice rink in our back yard… this was a serious ice rink. They used a bulldozer to dig it out and level it. On many occasions Mom would be out in the freezing weather late at night shoveling the snow off of the rink and putting on fresh hot water from a hose coming out the laundry room window so she could use the “Hot Water” to resurface the ice…. so, her kids (and the neighbors) would have good ice to skate on the next day… all while feeding the family, working waitress jobs, clerical jobs, etc… For the most part she managed to “rob Peter to pay Paul” with the best of them. She was even able to send her 6 boys to St. Francis High School and then on to College. Her only daughter Karen graduated from High School and decided to get a job and stay home with Mom. Karen went on to set softball records around WNY … growing up with 6 brothers…she was a pretty good athlete. Karen is one of our Mom’s best friends…. Later in her life after all her children had grown… Janet met and married a wonderful man… Noey Nostrant. Noey and Janet were a match made in heaven. People would often comment how lucky they were to have found each other. They had so much fun together… They loved each other well. Their time together was cut short with Noey’s passing in July of 1995… After Noey’s passing Janet spent these past 25 years staying busy with many things. Mom helped manage the Block Hotel Restaurant in Angola alongside many family members. She loved going places and doing things with her dear lifelong friends from grammar school - OLV Lunch Bunch and the “Beavers” Club … a close group of friends she met at OTB. She was a die-hard Buffalo Bills and Sabres Fan…and she loved watching The Voice and America’s Got Talent… and she could binge watch episodes of Family Feud. Janet loved going places and doing things with her children… a 12 day trip to Hawaii and an incredible cruise around the Mediterranean touring a few sites in Italy…“Itly” as Mom would say. New York City, Boston, Lynchburg, Dallas, Minneapolis…If her kids were there …she would be there in a heartbeat. She especially loved going to see any of her Grandchildren play sports, perform in theater, graduations from Kindergarten, 8th grade, High School, and College. She just loved being with her family. She LOVED well…and she did love all of us. Her Grandchildren were her pride and joy… we would all agree she will forever be “Spunky Gramma/ Sassy Gramma”. She has instilled in all of us a zest for life…for friendship. She and her twin sister June could make people laugh… The female version of Laurel & Hardy … and we can not forget her regular stops to see friends all around the South Towns… JP’s , Rodney’s …the American Legion. She always knew the best days to play Quickdraw and Lotto…. perhaps an occasional trip to the Casino. And she loved a good Southern Comfort Manhattan… or a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc… which she could never pronounce. Janet was a beautiful woman… Not just her looks but everything about her…her smile, her laugh, her Irish temper, her way of making everyone feel special. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing…. especially her Irish Songs: Oh Danny Boy, Take Me Home Again Kathleen, and How Much is that Doggie in the Window… to name a few. She rarely missed going to Mass or her daily prayer time. She loved Jesus… So, we have Hope that we will get to see her again in Heaven. We thought we had more time…. She left us a sooner than we had expected… an Irish Exit. There is so much more to share with all of our family and friends…. more than we can remember. Janet’s story lives on with each of us and we will always remember her. Mom loved us fiercely ….her children: Steve, Kevin, Bryan, Kelly, Eddie, Karen, & Mike…and all of her daughter in-laws Tami, Lori, Christi, Denise, Jennifer, Melissa, and her one son in-law Kenny… and her grandchildren: Jack (Kirsten), Ben (Kate), Grant (Calli), Ryan, Kyle, Will, Kensi, Danielle, Adam, Colin, Emily, Michael Edward, Hillary (Shaq), Nick, Cole, Caroline, Mackensie. And her Great Grandchildren. Graham, Tucker, Bryson, Jaylen, and Amoura. Oh…and she was a PISTOL…right to the end. GARVIN-SCHMATZ-NOSTRANT, Mary Janet Aurelia (nee Curtin) June 11, 2020 of Derby, NY. Beloved wife of the late Stephen V. Garvin, late Paul Schmatz, and late John "Noey" Nostrant; Devoted mother of Stephen (Tamara) Garvin, Kevin Garvin (Lori Drews), Bryan (Christi) Garvin, Kelly (Denise) Garvin, Edward (Jennifer) Schmatz, Karen (Kenneth) Gurgol, and Michael (Melissa) Schmatz; cherished grandmother of Jack, Ben, Grant, Ryan, Kyle, Will, Kensi, Danielle, Adam, Michael Edward, Colin, Emily, Hilary, Nicholas, Cole, Caroline, and Mackenzie; loving great-grandmother of Graham, Tucker, Bryson, Jalen, and Amoura; dear sister of identical twin Mary June (late James) Ward, Margie Pfalzgraf, Richard Colin Kelly (Kay) Curtin, late Jean (Col. Joseph Biscone), late Paul (Gloria) Curtin, late Charles (Rusty) Curtin, late Rosemary (Edgar) McMannus, late William (Irene) Curtin, late James (Maryann) Curtin, late Francis (Mary Lou) Curtin, and late Eileen Curtin; also survived by the Curtin family of Lackawanna, the Garvin family of Lackawanna, and the Nostrant family of West Seneca. A special thank you to the second floor nurses and therapists at Schofield and to Roswell Hospital. Friends will be received 3-7PM Tuesday at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg, NY 14075. Mass of Christian Burial to take place Wed. June 17 at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. To ensure the safety and health of family and guests, please wear appropriate face covering and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Schofield Care, 3333 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217. Online condolences and memorial donations may be made on www.LakesideFuneralHome.com. If you would like to join the family in a virtual visitation, you can visit the Zoom link listed below beginning at 3PM on Tuesday June 16. Topic: Mary Janet A. Nostrant Visitation Time: Jun 16, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88343026118?pwd=NGNYbVBvNGFZeno3VUppRVBkRlFOdz09 Meeting ID: 883 4302 6118 Password: 158210