July 27, 1929 – August 15, 2017
Harriet Ann was born on July 27, 1929 in Billings, Montana to John and Viola Novasio. Harriet passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 15, 2017 at the age of 88 from cancer. A family service was held in Salt Lake on August 18, 2017. Harriet was the youngest of twelve siblings. She grew up on the Novasio family farm near Billings where she learned at an early age to share in family chores. Harriet graduated from Billings Senior High School. Harriet discovered as a young girl that she had developed quite a work ethic. This paid off when she worked for a local dentist as a technician and later in life when she helped establish a children’s day care facility and worked as a case manager at RENEW. After graduating, Harriet met and fell in love with Glen, “Bud” Janich, who also lived in Billings. They were married on September 4, 1948 and after several months of planning and saving money, they moved from Billings to Sheridan, Wyoming where they lived and raised their family of five girls: Pamela J Anderson, Linda L Iverson (Craig), Sandra K Freed (Mark), Kathryn A Janich and Susan E Lamphier. Harriet devoted her life to her family, supporting Bud, raising their daughters and creating a wonderful home. She was active in many local organizations and was a member of the Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving as the Primary, Relief Society and Mutual President. She loved to sing and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Harriet was a leader in Girl Scouts, 4-H, YMCA swim team and the Big Goose Woman’s Club. She was a PTA president several times over and active on the school board. She was truly a homemaker and everything about their home on Janich Lane reflected this: her beautiful rose and vegetable gardens; homemade cinnamon rolls, breads, cakes and cookies; and dinners prepared every evening accompanied by one of her amazing pies. As the daughters grew up, she always welcomed a house full of teenagers. To this day, many of them still describe her as energetic, strong, generous, compassionate and light hearted. She taught her wonderful skills to her girls and instilled in them the importance of family, hard work, doing well in school and helping others. She had a love for learning and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all shared in the benefits from the time and energy she devoted to teaching them the things in life she cherished the most. When she became a grandmother her best attributes only became more pronounced. She had a special grandmother’s love like no other. Her grandchildren adored their grandmother. Harriet and Bud retired to Queen Valley, Arizona in the early 1990’s where they spent time golfing, hiking, swimming and traveling with friends. Harriet is survived by her husband Bud, her five daughters, twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.