Patricia Lynne Flax-Jankosky

by | May 9, 2024 | Obituaries

VIRGINIA BEACH – Patricia Lynne Flax-Jankosky, 72, passed away peacefully on April 26 at home surrounded by loved ones, after a long journey with multiple sclerosis.

She was a graduate of Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Old Dominion University in 1977, graduating magna cum laude.

She worked for the state of Virginia for 33 years and served as the long-time director of the Chesapeake Boys Home. Pat implemented many successful initiatives, such as the summer education program, which, due to its success, was later implemented at other area group homes.

She was a long-time advocate for addressing the needs of troubled youth and served on the board of directors of the Tidewater Youth Services Foundation. She was also a licensed substance abuse counselor.

Pat was a lifelong member of Ohef Sholom Temple, where, at one time, she sang with her mother and sister in the temple choir. She was a passionate supporter and participant of the arts. Following high school, Pat even moved to Los Angeles for two years to pursue her aspirations of becoming a professional singer and actress.

Pat was preceded in death by her father, Jack Flax. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Michael Jankosky, her mother, Norma Flax of Norfolk, her son, Tucker Jankosky (Francesca) of Norfolk, her sister, Judy Rosenberg (Jerry) of Chesapeake, her nephews, Brad Rosenberg (Jen) of Chesapeake and Greg Rosenberg of Norfolk, her grand nephews, Cole, Luke, and Jonah, and her grandson, Otis Jankosky.

She will be missed by countless family members and friends. Pat was supported by several wonderful caregivers.

A graveside service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. H.D. Oliver.