Janice M. Munizza, 70, of Madison, WI, died on November 12, 2022 at Agrace Hospice in
Fitchburg, WI. Surrounding her in love were her husband Greg, brother-in-law Scott, her faithful
women’s posse, and her spunky canine companion, Tilly.
Janice married her partner, Greg, on February 3, 2011. Janice and Greg loved to travel and went
on many wonderful trips, visiting Portugal, Spain, France and Iceland. They also traversed the
United States and Wisconsin with their tiny camper, Trixie. Janice especially enjoyed our many
beautiful national parks, and she and Greg even spent time on a “Dude Ranch”.
Janice was an extremely well-respected clinical, forensic, and neuropsychologist at Mendota
Mental Health Institute where she worked for over twenty-five years. She trained close to a
hundred psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, instilling in them a passion for the ethical
practice of psychology. Janice’s colleagues and students knew her to be an incredibly strong-willed and spirited presence who relentlessly advocated for empirically-grounded practice.
Janice appreciated fine art and great music and had a gift of seeing the deeper beauty in all
things. She enjoyed watercolor painting and created many beautiful pictures. She loved reading
fiction and non-fiction and was recently working her way through a history of the presidents
and first ladies of the United States. Fall was her favorite season, and Halloween was her
favorite holiday. She was well enough to celebrated this past Halloween with flair. Dressed as a
stylish witch with a veiled red hat and flowing cape, she handed out candy to the kids who
came trick-or-treating. Passionate about all things that grew in the dirt, Janice spent hours in
her yard and garden. Her friends affectionately recall her sitting on the ground for hours at a
time planting miniscule seedlings of Sedum, and every kind of Sedge she could find.
Janice’s kindness and friendship knew no bounds as is witnessed by her many dear friends and
close companions on life’s journey. Janice was spontaneous and would often gather with
neighbors on sunny summer days out in the yard. She was never too busy to spend time having
in-depth conversations and she treasured tea time with her women friends and drinking coffee
on Saturday morning with “the coffee group.” Janice had an easy smile and was quick to laugh,
not only with others, but at herself. Janice’s friends knew her to be an intensely loyal human
being who fought their fights, celebrated their happiness, advocated for their rights, cried for
their losses, and kept their secrets. She was funny, kind, thoughtful and above all, she knew
how to be a good friend.
Janice was passionate about upholding human rights.
Janice leaves behind her loving husband, Greg Miller, her sister, Diane Goodnight (David), her
brother David Munizza, her stepmother Alo Munizza, her stepbrothers and sister: David, Mark
and Elizabeth Marvel, and her brothers-in-law John Ryan and Scott Miller. She is also survived
by her niece Ramona Ryan, her nephews Tavis and Devin Goodnight, and Logan and Mason
Miller. Janice also leaves behind the light of her life, her dear Havanese, Tilly, and many dear
and loving friends. Preceding her in death were her mother, Gloria (nee Prechodnik) and father,
Dominick Munizza, her sister Daryl Ann Ryan, and her sweet feline friend, Magnolia.
A lover of people and life, Janice spent this last year fighting cancer and living every minute to
the fullest. A true psychologist to the end, she continued to read and learn so she could do her
very best in the face of an impossible situation. The grace and openness with which she
confronted her own death helped ease the heartache of those closest to her, allowing loved
ones to be fully present with her until the very end.
On her Facebook page, she posted the following: “Note to myself: Don’t save anything for a
special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.” May those of us who were fortunate
enough to have Janice in our lives keep her memory alive by taking this sentiment to heart.
If you choose, memorials appreciated to the following: Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg, WI; Carbone
Cancer Center, UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI; Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI; Holy
Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI; and Olbrich Gardens, Madison, WI. Or, as Janice herself
said: “Just plant a tree somewhere!"