Funeral Details

Janet L. Curto

March 2, 1933 - June 13, 2024


Date and Time

Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Buffalo Grove Chapel
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Visitation Service starting at 11AM


Cantor Howard Friedland
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

Interment - Private


Toscana Restaurant
1859 West Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
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Following the Memorial Service

Memorial Contributions

Lambs Farm
14245 West Rockland Road
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
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Janet L. Curto ended her journey of life in the early morning hours of June 13th, 2024, in Greendale, Wisconsin. She was surrounded by her loving and devoted family. Janet, age 91, a long-time resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 2nd, 1933. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Dr. Milton Greenwald, DDS., and her sister, Berta Krop. Janet leaves behind her family: husband, Jerry; daughter, Julie (Jeff); son, John (Tina); grandchildren, Nick (Meghan) and Kyle (Jordan); bonus grandchildren, Zack, Al (Zoe), and DJ. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Marty; nieces, Robin, Joyce, Linda, Nancy (Mike), Janel, and Beth (Mario); and many great-nieces and nephews. Janet graduated from Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she played in the Buckeye Concert Band and the Basketball Pep Band. She also served as president of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. After graduating, Janet taught in Dayton, Ohio, and at St. George School in Chicago. Once she and Jerry moved to Arlington Heights, Janet began teaching preschool in Palatine. She taught there for 25 years. After retirement, Janet volunteered at Catholic Charities and Arlington Heights Memorial Library in the children’s department. Janet was a founding member of the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band in which she played her clarinet for 40 years. Janet met Jerry on a hike at Starved Rock State Park. Together, they shared 63 years of love and companionship. Spending time with family and friends gave Janet the utmost joy and pleasure. Janet had a passion for music: concerts, operas, musical theater, and The Ohio State Marching Band. A Memorial Service will be held at Chicago Jewish Funerals at 195 N. Buffalo Grove Rd (one block north of Lake Cook Road) Buffalo Grove, IL on Sunday, June 30 at 12:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lambs Farm in Libertyville, IL, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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We were sad to hear about Janet. She was involved in so many different things throughout her life and she will be missed.. We will be unable to attend the memorial service as we will be out of town. We are sending you our love and tender thoughts.

Pat and Missy Johlie
June 25, 2024
I just watched this service and want to thank everyone who came and who contributed, and offer my sincere sympathy to family and friends who loved and miss Janet. I am one of the California family members, a niece, so for me she was Aunt Janet. We knew her mostly through our trips through the years to visit. I have an early memory of attending her wedding to Jerry. Every time we arrived, Janet cooked us a special meal and we always felt so warmly hosted. We would play lots of card games. She would always take me shopping and buy me a special gift, like beautiful earrings that I kept through the years. Early on I got to go see her play outdoors in the Arlington Heights band. We always went to some kind of show. One I remember was the puppet opera with puppets singing the opera arias! She was always very principled and understood the morality of any situation we discussed. Well, it helps to have had the kind of principled, involved and fun parents she had! She always spoke so warmly about others, whether it was her family members, her friends, the kids she taught. I recall her saying that kids she taught in preschool stayed in touch through the years. Regarding Tina sharing about Janet wanting to be happy, I recall the cards we sent back and forth through the years featured happy animals - mostly cats, and also other happy animals having tea together, etc. I always felt these cards reflected her enjoyment of life. I'm glad that she was able to have that kind of enjoyment with everyone and I hope that we can remember to include some of that joy in our daily lives. Want to add that our family had a Zoom meeting in the evening on the day she passed and we concluded our sharing by spontaneously breaking out with her favorite song she sang to us when we were little: "I love you, a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!"

Robin Krop
July 4, 2024
The Musical Group at the Arlington Heights Senior Center has made a donation to the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band in the memory of Janet. Her clarinet playing in both organizations will be missed by all.

Russell Puetz
July 5, 2024