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Janet Russell Urbanczyk
1941 - 2019

Janet Russell Urbanczyk died peacefully at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo on Sept. 16, 2019 at the age of 77.

Rosary Services were held at Carmichael Whatley Funeral Home in Pampa on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in White Deer. Burial followed at the Catholic Cemetery in White Deer.

Janet is survived by her husband Marvin Urbanczyk of White Deer; her daughters Denise and Mike Winter of Ravenna, Texas and Christine May of Pampa; her son Mark Urbanczyk and wife Sheri of Panhandle. She was a fun loving grandmother to her beloved 12 grandchildren, Joseph and Austin Phillips of Dallas, John Winter and wife Jennie of New York, David Winter of Salt Lake, Rachel and husband Stephen O’Beirne of Wichita, Kan., Sarah Urbanczyk of Dallas, Rebecca Urbanczyk of Panhandle, Lauren and husband Ryan Berry of Amarillo, Ashley and Chris Jewett of Lubbock, Lindsey May of Amarillo and Jacob and Ryleigh Urbanczyk of Dallas. Her source of pure joy, great-granddaughter Reagan Berry of Amarillo. She is also survived by her siblings Bob Russell and wife Pat of Saint Louis, Mo., Maureen and husband Lloyd Stanford of Troy, Mo., Chris and husband Greg Papuga of Saint Louis; and was a beloved aunt of numerous nieces and nephews.

Janet was proceeded in death by her parents, Josephine and Bob Russell; her brother, Tom Russell; her sons, Tommy Urbanczyk and Stephen Urbanczyk; grandchild, Jay Patrick Phillips; and son-in-law, David Phillips.

Janet was born on Sept. 28, 1941 in Saint Louis to Josephine and Bob Russell. She graduated from The Academy of Visitation in Saint Louis in 1959 and attended Saint Louis University where she studied business administration and met her husband Marvin Urbanczyk. They married on May 27, 1961 in Saint Louis and moved to White Deer. After starting their family, they worked tirelessly together to launch Marvin’s invention, SCARAB Compost Turner and formed the company SCARAB Manufacturing and Leasing founded in 1972. Janet was an astute business woman and ran the business side of SCARAB so that Marvin could continue to bring innovative solutions to the compost industry. SCARAB is now a worldwide business and a highly regarded name in the compost industry because of their teamwork. Over the 58 year marriage, the couple welcomed five children into their home and Janet set about teaching them compassion, caring for others first as well as independence, responsibility, hard work and integrity. Her children remember her as a loving, kind, fun, generous and protective mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals. As a lively and fun grandmother, her children claim that when the grandchildren came home, they had to be reprogrammed from the fun experiences after spending the weekend with Grandma.

Janet loved gardening and was accomplished at piano and organ. She used her creative and artistic talent to make beautiful flower arrangements, decorate and paint. She was a kind, generous and compassionate individual who loved people and who was passionate about helping others in need. She was an active and dedicated member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she played the organ, lead children’s choir and taught catechism in White Deer.

The family would like to thank the many loving and compassionate caregivers who so graciously provided her care over the last eight years.