Janet Zenk

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.
1225 Montauk Hwy
West Islip, New York, United States

Funeral Mass

10:30 am
Thursday, December 22, 2022
St. Joseph's R.C. Church
39 North Carll Avenue
Babylon, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Calverton National Cemetery
Route 25
Calverton, New York, United States

In lieu of flowers

In lieu of flowers please direct donations to this link to The Stony Brook School Of Nursing Fund for Excellence: (https://alumniandfriends.stonybrook.edu/site/Donation2?df_id=2660&2660.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T& )


Janet Zenk, Pioneering Nurse Practitioner Janet Zenk (nee Scherr) passed away peacefully at her home in West Islip, NY, on December 14, 2022. Born in 1926 to Walter and Helen Scherr of Queens, NY, Janet was an excellent student who attended nursing school and later the US Nurse Cadet Corps where she graduated shortly after WWII. In 1948 she married Martin Zenk, a chemical engineer, and the couple eventually moved to West Islip where they raised 5 children together. Initially, Janet took a part-time nursing position at Good Samaritan Hospital to keep her skills up to date; she went on to earn Bachelor and Master’s degrees. As one of the first graduates of Stony Brook’s Nurse Practitioner program, Janet worked at the North Shore VA Hospital and on faculty at Stony Brook, where she taught courses in the newly established Nurse Practitioner program. Janet enjoyed a long and distinguished career in nursing, maintaining her lifelong love for learning well beyond retirement, and serving as a trusted medical advisor to family and neighbors on countless occasions. Janet’s gravitation to health care as a career was emblematic of her profound empathy and compassion for her fellow humans. As a woman of deep faith and a positive outlook, she had many friends and interests and lived a very full life, and she will be sorely missed by those whose lives she touched. Janet was predeceased in 1995 by her husband, Martin, and leaves behind her sister, Helen Fraser of Bonita Springs, Florida; her children Martin, Diana Finnerty (Dennis), Jennifer McManus (George), Carolyn, and Gregory (Margaret); her grandchildren Sean and Elise Finnerty, Pearse (Anastasia) and Bryan McManus, and Dylan, Lindsey, and Heather Zenk; and one great-grandchild, Alana McManus. Janet is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and many cherished friends and neighbors.


Visitation December 21 at Chapey and Sons Funeral Home 1225 Montauk Highway West Islip 5 - 8PM. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM December 22, St. Joseph’s RC Church in Babylon. Janet will be laid to rest alongside her beloved husband at Calverton National Cemetery following the Mass.

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