Janet Ness Pugliano

Janet Ness Pugliano, 83, passed away September 10, 2012 at Providence Medical Center in Medford, Ore. surrounded by her four children.

Janet was born March 16, 1929 in Appleton, Minn., the youngest of six siblings to Guttorn and Guri Ness. Janet's early years during the Great Depression shaped her outlook for her entire life. She often reminisced of those good times of raising chickens and canning what was provided from the family gardens, claiming they were never without.

She enjoyed school, graduating from Appleton High School in 1947 and attending St. Cloud State College where she received a degree in education. Janet's first teaching job was in Livingston, Mont. where she met her future husband, Pete Pugliano. They were married April 7, 1951, raising four children, Pete, Julie, Joni, and Perry, remaining married until her husband's death in 1986. Janet returned to teaching in 1965, teaching for the next 25 years; three years at a one room country school and 22 years at St. Mary's Catholic School in Livingston.

After retiring from teaching in 1990, Janet moved to Medford, Ore. to be near her family. Janet was an educator at heart and felt strongly that reading was the most valuable of all early learning skills and volunteered to this effort in local schools. She worked at JC Penney in Medford for 11 years, retiring in 2001 at the age of 72.

In retirement Janet stayed active, spending many hours helping those in need. She especially enjoyed traveling, whether for family functions, class reunions, or leisure. Janet had a deep love of nature and recognized beauty in all of creation. Janet's kind disposition and warm nature endeared her to all. She leaves many friends and acquaintances richer having known her.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jens, Olina, Annie, and Peder; and by her husband, Pete.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Bjorgo (Starbuck, Minn.); four children, Pete (Fargo, N.D.), Julie Allen (Medford, Ore.), Joni Johnson (Medford, Ore.), and Perry (Bainbridge Island, Wash.); eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

A gravesite service in Livingston will be held at a later date.

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