Janet Petty Sabo

Janet Petty Sabo passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Annandale, Virginia on March 1, 2017 at the age of 61. Her final days were spent surrounded by loving family and friends.
Janet was born in Lubbock, Texas on October 9, 1955 to Howson W. Petty and Joy (Hunter) Petty. In June of 1964 she moved with her parents to Fairfax, Virginia, and went on to graduate from Oakton High School in 1974.
With an innate commitment to serving others, Janet’s passion for care-giving spanned her entire life. In 1978 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She then began her career as a registered nurse. In 1984 she received a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in that school’s first graduating class designed to enter the advanced professional field of nursing known as nurse practitioners. After teaching nursing at the Columbus College in Ft. Benning, Georgia, Janet served most of her career as a specialist in cardiovascular medicine as the very first nurse practitioner with the Cardiovascular Group, now known as Virginia Heart. While treating patients at the Inova Alexandria Hospital, she also supervised as many as 20 other nurse practitioners and physician assistants at hospitals and offices throughout Northern Virginia.
Devoted to Jesus Christ, Janet was an engaged member of the Annandale United Methodist Church. She served on numerous leadership committees, taught Sunday School, led youth mission projects, ushered during worship services, cooked for the homeless, tutored children, and distributed food to those in need. Her favorite ministry was performing mission work throughout the world. Traveling to locations such as Mozambique and Haiti, Janet brought medical care to the less fortunate where-ever they lived. It was on a mission trip to Mississippi aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina where she fell in love with Kevin Sabo. They married in 2007.
Janet led a consistently active lifestyle. An avid scuba diver, she even taught courses on dive medicine and first aid. She loved kayaking, tennis, exercise, and hiking, and was always up for new exercise adventures like paddle boarding and surfing with her daughter in California. In 2015, she completed a local triathlon as the sole participant in her age class.
Janet was proud that she instilled values, and goodness in her daughter, Valerie, along with the desire to share her gifts and talents in service of others. Janet cherished every moment spent with family and friends. Even after she lost the ability to walk, she was famous among loved ones for constantly offering gestures of hospitality – a cup of tea, something to eat, a jacket – to each of her guests. She was profoundly appreciative of every person who lent support during her battle with Melanoma, and was always planning her next expression of gratitude, as evidenced by a never-ending stack of Thank You notes.
Janet’s family is deeply thankful for all those close friends who helped care for her over the course of her illness. She was so comforted by the outpouring of love from so many people during this time.
She is survived by her husband, Kevin Sabo, daughter Valerie (Mike) Peck, stepdaughter Courtney Sabo, mother Joy Petty, sister Karen (Greg) Haymond, and many loving extended family members and countless dear friends.
A service celebrating Janet’s life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 25th at the Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Annandale United Methodist Church in her name. Please write Janet Petty Memorial on the memo line. All contributions will be used to support health screening ministries and community outreach in the Annandale area.

One Response to Janet Petty Sabo

  1. Barbara E. Morgan says:

    Hello, to Janet’s family and friends, I was so sorry to hear of her passing, via Anita Hahn Thornton on Facebook. She has left much too soon, and I hope she is in a better place now. Best Regards, Barbara E. Morgan (8526 Spartan Road, back when we were kids).

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