Jan Allyson Engler, “Janzy,” 61, died unexpectedly on April 24, 2010, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Janzy was born on March 25, 1949, in Seattle, Wash., to Floyd Engler and Sue Samuel.
Janzy moved with her family when she was 11 to Portland, Ore. She graduated from Gresham High School in their Special Achievement Program. She lived in several locations around the Northwest and worked for Tektronics and Luhr Jensen and Sons.
In 1990 she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she met many new friends and became a big part of their lives. As their families grew Janzy cared for their children and watched them grow and kept in contact with them.
She loved to baby-sit, sew and crochet baby blankets for the hospital. She was very generous and would give her last dollar away!
Janzy’s favorite things were to play cards and games with nieces and nephews, barbecues, looking at Christmas lights, old movies, music, fishing and social events. Easter and Christmas were her favorite holidays.
She had bunnies up in her apartment all year long and at Christmas she had five decorated trees up and gifts for everyone she ever met.
Janzy lived in Hood River for the past eight years at Dethman Manor, where she had many wonderful friends. It was nice to have her back home with us and she will be missed terribly.
She is survived by her parents, Floyd and Dee Engler and Sue and Dave Jensen; her sister, Judy Zorza, and brother-in-law, Dubber; nephew, Nicholas, and niece, Monica (and Matt); and the special joy of her life, Maverick Hockett. Janzy has a large and loving family in addition to those above that includes 11 siblings and 14 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Memorials in Jan’s name can be made to the Mid-Columbia Center for Living and sent care of Anderson’s. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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