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Janice (Carter) Baselice

December 10, 2023

Janice Baselice Obituary

Janice was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife. She was determined, purposeful, energetic, fearless, compassionate, and the embodiment of strength under extreme duress.

She was witty, imaginative and artistic. She loved to create through her artwork, to applying her talents at school talent show/play set creations, in her love of gardening, or epitomized in nurturing valued relationships. Janice articulated her giving nature through her work as a nursing associate providing hands on patient care in hospital trauma centers in both New Orleans and Florida.

Janice approached life with an optimistic outlook, seeing good in all, with the goal of making a positive result. She responded to challenges with robustness and purpose and was genuine in her demeanor. Tactful and resourceful, she took on living on a boat year-round for three years out of the port at Mill Basin Brooklyn. Winters on a boat in the waters of New York was no trivial feat, but she offset that discomfort by stating there is nothing better than sleeping on the waves.

You knew what you were getting when you encountered Janice. She was a no nonsense spirited individual, a straight shooter, who radiated confidence and commanded equality the moment you met her. A poised individual, balancing fairness and compassion, holding true to her values. Those she befriended held her in the highest regard. She embraced her children Misha & Erika as well as her grandson Alex and their close friends as her own, sharing insight, guidance, advice, and motherly love to each of them.  Many of her daughter Erika’s friends affectionately referred to Janice as “Nay”, a second mother, and she protected them as such.

In the early years of their relationship, in between Anthony’s NY - Florida flights every three weeks over an 18-month period as their long-distance dating progressed, Janice made several solo drives in a tiny Toyota from Florida to New York, unafraid of the potential hazards and tests the 1271-mile road trips presented.

Janice was the premier prankster, intricately crafting punking situations played on her husband Anthony on countless occasions, beginning from his initial re-visit to Fort Lauderdale, their original meeting place, to during their St Maarten honeymoon, and throughout their more than 33 years of marriage, sometimes recording them for shared laughs later on, and strategically enlisting her daughter Erika as an accomplice when applicable.

Janice loved their three mini-Australian Shepherds, Dallas/Bubba, Peanut and Ghost, and two cats, Gia and Sweetie (rescued), and always wished she could open an animal sanctuary. She supported SPCA.

Janice possessed a warrior mentality during her more than six-and-a-half-year bout with stage 4 lung cancer, never once complaining or showing any sign of resign, as she valiantly fought to maintain her dignity, sense of humor and love for life to her final moment. She said we were blessed to have the time we made together, and she was a teacher of life and a hero to those closest to her.

Janice’s worldly presence and all she encompassed will be profoundly missed, but her vivacious spirit, impact on those she touched, and her lasting influence will forever be branded on our souls. We love and will keep her in our hearts and minds forever.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (  Please notify via email: about your contribution.


We have had an emergency change in venue for the Mass Services for Janice Baselice.

Due to the recent heavy rainfall, our Colts Neck Church is without power. resulting in no heat and no bathrooms.

We are forced to move the Mass to our sister church, St. Catharine's in Holmdel, which is within 10min from our original church.

Please see below and make the travel adjustment in your GPS for the new Mass location:

St Catharine’s Church
108 Middletown Rd
Holmdel, NJ  07733

(732) 842-3963


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Memorial Mass
December 19, 2023

10:00 AM
The Parish of Saint Mary
1 Phalanx Road
Colts Neck, NJ 07722


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