On Wednesday, May 27th 2020, Janene Gae Jansson, age 57, was swiftly and unexpectedly taken back to her heavenly home.

Janene was born July 15, 1962 to Roger Hugh and Betty Gae Thomas Jensen in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the third of eight children, Janene was like a second mother to many of her siblings who remember being cared for and toted around like they were her own babies. She came from a very close-knit family and had a special relationship with each one of her seven siblings. Any time spent with them was full of warmth and laughter. Janene grew up in Bluffdale, Utah where she was a member of Bingham High’s cheerleading squad and taught swimming lessons to many of the local children. After a semester at Snow college, she decided to attend beauty school where she found her passion. At the time of her passing, Janene had done hair for 35 years and was the owner of Heads Up Hair Design in Sandy. Her clients, many of whom had been with her from the beginning, not only loved her for her talent, but more so for the safety of a good ear they found while sitting in her chair.

Janene was a notoriously good cook, loved her puppies and enjoyed time on the green playing golf at Alpine Country Club where she served as Ladies Board of Directors and Ladies President. An adored aunt, who made sure to stay in touch and involved in the lives of each one of her nieces and nephews, she will be remembered for her pancake breakfasts after a fun sleepover and outings to the movies.

She had a firm testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ and filled many callings at church, often sharing her musical talents with her ward members. Her most prized possession being her beautiful white grand piano, which she spent hours playing.

But above all, the role she cherished the most was that of grandmother. “Grandma Neener,” as she was affectionately called, treasured every opportunity to connect with her grandchildren. From cooking lessons, to water fights in the pool, and annual leaf raking parties, her grandkids will never doubt just how much she loved them.

A beloved daughter of God, Janene has touched the hearts of many and will be missed beyond measure. She was loved by all who knew her.

Janene is survived by her husband, Lynn Jansson; three children, Sean (Ashley) Jansson, Brett (Natalee) Jansson, and Lisa (David) Cloward; 10 grandchildren; her parents, Roger (Betty) Jensen; her siblings, Jed (Sheri) Jensen, Julie (Steve) Wanlass, Jay Jensen, Jamey Jensen, Janna (Harry) Markland, Jeremy (Amanda) Jensen, and Jeana (Spencer) Proctor.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Hugh Lyndon (Hannah Sigrid) Jensen, and Moroni Midgley (Mary Jane) Thomas.

*Due to the current rules and regulations surrounding social gatherings, a limited number of close friends and family will be attending the funeral. We know there are many more of you who wish to pay your respects and we would like to invite all who wish to join to a Celebration of Life honoring Janene on her 58th birthday. This celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 15th, between 7:00-9:00 pm in the backyard of the Cloward residence, 1589 La Costa Court Draper, UT 84020. Dessert will be served. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wiscombe Memorial

Life Story Info

Post Date

May 30, 2020

Personal Info


Concerned about this Life Story? Please let us know.
NEXT Sharon Lynn Ramsey Sharon Lynn Ramsey


I, too, was very shocked to learn of Janene’s passing. I only knew her for a few months, but she made a great impact on my life. She also always made my hair look perfect. I will certainly miss her. My prayers and empathy are with her family at this time. I do not know if anyone is still reading these, but if so I am wondering if Janene’s Life Celebration will still be happening on her birthday, July 25, 2020?

Victor Worley , Cottonwood Heights , UT, US Jul 11, 2020

Janene, you will be dearly missed. Your smiles, laughter, humor, hugs and those great stories you would share while cutting my hair. Your passing is a tragic loss to all who knew you and all who will now not get a chance to meet you. Hugs my friend.

Deborah Siddoway Jul 06, 2020

You will be missed my friend. You have the gift of making people feel important. Your talent for showing appreciation made everyone feel cared for.

Celia Broadhead Jun 16, 2020

Such a wonderful person who passed way too soon. I will miss her dearly.

John Raemer Jun 06, 2020

Lynn , K and I were both shocked to hear of Janene’s passing. I’m sure there are no words that could make you feel any better at this time loss, but we send our love and condolences to you and your family! Jim and K

Jim and K Varanakis , Sandy, UT, US Jun 03, 2020

I’m still in shock as I’m sure all her family and friends are. My deepest sympathy to all of them. I’ve been one of her clients for many years. Her laugh, stories and always listing will really be missed. She always knew just what I needed for my hair, I’ll never find anyone like her.

Sherie Hofeling Jun 03, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to Janene's family. A beautiful women who always had time for a joke or a smile or a dedicated listen. She always made the visit to Heads Up Salon a pleasure. She will be sorely missed!

John McHugh , Sandy, UT, US Jun 03, 2020

Lynn, I am so sorry to learn of your wife’s passing. May you be comforted and blessed at this time and in the days ahead. Love from your cousin, Kathy Ellis Preece

Kathy Preece , Kaysville , UT, US Jun 02, 2020

My heart hurts and I will miss her. Love to your family.

Debbie Walker , Murray, UT, US May 31, 2020

My heart is broken and I just can't believe that our lively, loving friend Janene has passed! She was always ready to listen and find something to laugh about. Our ladies golf association won't be the same with out her! My prayers go out to Lynn and the family that you all may find comfort and peace. With love, Donnetta Mitchell

Donnetta Mitchell May 31, 2020

It is hard for me to put into words my feelings for my dear, sweet friend, Janene. I am one of those original clients, but was a friend before I was a client. My heart is so saddened at the loss of my friend. She was so kind, and was always doing something for someone else, thinking of herself last.

I will miss this sweet lady.

My condolences to the family.

Diane Tullos , Herriman, UT, US May 31, 2020

Diane I was looking at the sad news about Janene , saw your name and had to see how you are doing, I hope you are well I was just speaking Fondly of NJ earlier today with Brad Fullmer. What a great guy!

Jim and K Varanakis , Sandy, UT, US Jun 03, 2020