Janis  McShea-Luzovich
Janis  McShea-Luzovich

Obituary of Janis Edith McShea-Luzovich

Janis Edith McShea Luzovich, age 80, of Denver, Colorado went to be with the Lord in her sleep on August 23,2023.  She was born on January 17,1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Jan was a loving and devoted wife who dearly loved her extended family, church family and friends.  She will be lovingly remembered for her love of the Lord, sense of humor, gift of art and poetry and stubbornness.


Jan was a ward of the court, sent to live with her father at age five and at six went to live permanently with her aunt and uncle and their two daughters.  Her love of reading the bible began at an early age and even though she was taunted by her classmates, when she was asked regularly to read the bible before the class in the first grade, she always remained steadfast in her walk of faith.


It was the hymn, “In the Garden” that caused her to really begin to understand that Jesus would indeed talk to her

At the age of thirteen she was baptized and confirmed at Disston Memorial Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  When she was fourteen visiting missionaries from India shared their work with the people of India. Their willingness to share God’s love in a foreign country touched her heart, and it was the first time she asked the Lord that she might serve Him too.  Her call to serve Jesus Christ intensified over the years and she responded wherever the need to minister encouragement, compassion and forgiving love arose. 


She was married in 1973 for nineteen years to Selman (Sal) Aytug  and they had one daughter, Jennifer. 


After attending Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Fordham University in New York she received her post baccalaureate certification in 1985 from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York for Paralegal Generalist. 


In 1993 after a 25-year career as a Certified Para-Legal, in the specialized field of Federal and New York Estate Tax law, she began pursuing her desire for ministry as a Ministerial Intern in Rockville Centre, New York, at the St. Mark’s Methodist Church. 


She continued as the Ministerial Intern until 1999 when she began her missionary work abroad.  She traveled internationally, including working in India as Vice-President of Institute of Ability Advancement (US arm of National Christian Services).  During her first extended stay in India (working with an interpreter), she did field work amongst the blind, hearing impaired and orphans, visiting the poorest of the poor and those plagued by leprosy. 

She moved to Colorado in 2007 where she continued ministry, teaching Bible Studies and sharing her testimony at ministry events.  She met her second husband, Chuck Luzovich, in 2015. They had a short courtship and married in 2017.


Jan is survived by her husband, Charles Luzovich of Denver, Colorado, daughter Jennifer Palazzolo of Boulder, Colorado, stepson/daughter-in-law Chris and Heather Luzovich of Arvada, Colorado; brothers Michael McShea and Shawn McShea of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, sisters Bonnie Howarth of Roslyn, Pennsylvania and Susan Cosner of Millsboro, Delaware; and grandchildren Miranda and Hudson Palazzolo of Boulder, Colorado, and Caleb, Nate and Hannah Luzovich of Arvada, Colorado.


In honor of her memory, there will be a memorial service at Agape Life Church, 5970 West 60th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 1:00 pm MST. There will be an open mic for those who wish to share memories of Jan.  The link for streaming the service is https://vimeo.com/event/1774717/13d819ccc2 .  There will be a potluck luncheon following the service. 


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be sent to Agape Life Church at the above address.

A link is being established for comments/memories.  Please email Chuck Luzovich at chuckluzovich@gmail.com for the link.  Also, a second link for the memorial service will be set up after the service for those who were not able to watch the original.  You can email Chuck for that link via the email: chuckluzovich@gmail.com


Following is one of Janices’ poems:


The moment has come for

   that final goodby.

Yet neither of us wishes to cry

  So, we hold back the tears.

We'll cherish and savour every

             special flavor

    Of love , happiness and


That we for a moment in time 

           were sharing

 So, in spite of good-bye, we

           will not cry.

    But rather will hold our

            heads high.

 Breathing but a quiet sigh

As we now part - Each to a

           new start.

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