Birth date: April 17, 1932
Death date: May 26, 2012
Janet Ethelyn LaVerne Vicari, aged 80, passed away on May 26, 2012 in Auburn, Washington. Born to Oscar A. Kangas and Aileen M. Kangas on April 17, 1932 in Wolf Lake Township, Minnesota, Janet later moved to Chisholm, MN and graduated in 1949. While working in a soda shop, she met Charles M. Vicari; they married in October 1957 and moved to Seattle, Washington before eventually settling in Auburn to raise their family. Jan is survived by her brother Glen Kangas of Chisholm, MN; three children: Christopher C. Vicari (Patti), Carla M. Vicari, and Catherine A. Valnes (Keith); and three granddaughters: Tawney Christiansen, Emily Valnes and Katelyn Valnes.
While raising her family, Jan was affectionately called “mom” by all of the neighborhood kids. During her children’s school-aged years, Jan enjoyed volunteering as a Room Mom, Bluebird Troop leader, Brownie Troop leader, PTA secretary and other activities involving her kids. In the twilight of Janet’s life, her days were brightened by visits by Emily and Katelyn. Grandma would be easily “coerced” into playing homemade games with the girls and would gracefully “lose” as the rules kept changing mid-game. Grandma’s kitchen and refrigerator were mini museums of artwork as the girls liked to be as giving to grandma as grandma was to them. Though Jan lived on limited means, she generously contributed to every fundraiser in which her granddaughters’ participated for school and sports. Jan also regularly donated to various veterans’ and health organization charities.
Jan was an avid reader and, for much of her life, she enjoyed solving Mensa-level crossword puzzles. Her favorite DS game was Bookworm. Jan’s keen knowledge of words often brought about witty retorts in conversation and made her a daunting opponent in Scrabble. Until she suffered a series of strokes in 2008, Jan’s memory was sharp and she loved to recount stories about babysitting her granddaughters. Finding the right words sometimes eluded her, which frustrated her, but she was still a wonderful resource of knowledge.
For several years Jan owned a cat, Harley, whom she inherited from one of her children. If you visited Jan often enough, however, you would soon learn that his new full name was “Dammit Harley!” Even though Harley caused some strife in Jan’s household, she loved that cat as she loved her entire family: unconditionally and unfailingly. This strong, unwavering love is only one of the many great qualities that will be deeply missed by her family.
Janet will be inurned at Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, Washington; she requested that no formal service be held.