Janice (Jan) M. Sjostrom-Crawford, 69, a resident of Lanexa, VA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 13, 2021 after a courageous three year battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born September 15, 1951in Rockford, Illinois to John Robert and Elsie (Knudson) Sjostrom. She was raised in Rockford and graduated from Rockford Guildford High School in June 1969. She attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, graduating in May 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She later received a Master of Arts Degree from Central Michigan University in Business Management. She became a Quality Assurance Staff Development Intern with the Defense Supply Agency in July 1973. Her career took her to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a year and a half and then she moved to Richmond, VA. to work for the Defense General Supply Center. In April of 1986, Jan married the love of her life, Bradley W. Crawford, who was her high school sweetheart. Brad moved to Virginia in November of 1985 in order to prepare for the upcoming wedding. After marriage, Jan continued her career and after 34 years, retired from the Defense Supply Center Richmond in August 2007, as Technical/Quality Programs and Systems Division Chief. She followed her federal career by becoming a Project Manager with the U.S. Information Technologies Corporation (USIT) in Chantilly, VA. She managed several IT developers on contracts with the Defense Logistics Agency. She retired from USIT in January 2018.
Jan was an active member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians for 15 years and was very active in her Church Choir, Bach Choir, Handbell Choir and Brass Ensemble at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond for many years. Then she was active in her new church, King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, where Brad and Jan became members after moving to Lanexa, Va. in December of 2010. She was also an active member of the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus. She leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband and friend Brad Crawford of Lanexa, their son Joel Crawford and his children, Natalie, Jacob and Kaleb Crawford in Richmond, Virginia, and their daughter Aimee Cima (J.P.) and their children Celeste, Isabella and Isaac Cima, missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Also mourning her loss is her sister Lorie North (Michael) in Charleston S.C., her nephews Justin and Michael North, Charleston, and her niece Dr. Sarah North Lorton, Land of Lakes, Florida and several great nieces and nephews. Also mourning her loss is her aunt Marion Wicklund of Rockford, Illinois, and several cousins. Services will take place at a later date. Please consider making a memorial donation to King of Glory Lutheran church organ fund in her memory. Donations may be sent to 4897 Longhill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188