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age 73, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 7, 1940 to Carroll and Doris McDonald. Upon graduation from Edina-Morningside High School, she attended The University of Minnesota, where she obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Science, and met the love of her life, Donald Svardal, from Sandstone, Minnesota. With Donald, life would never be mundane or stationary. She faced familial ALS with characteristic bravery, faith, and selflessness and passed away peacefully on July 2, 2013 in Peoria, AZ. Janet is survived by her children, Daniel, Sarah, and Rachel Svardal of Phoenix, AZ, and grandson, Christian Svardal of Surprise, AZ; brother Dean (Linda) McDonald of Frisco, TX, brother-in-law Dwaine (Celia) Svardal of Sandstone, MN, sister-in-law Debra Svardal of Sandstone, MN, and sister-in-law Loretta (Frank) Cloutier of Shoreview, MN; as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic from July 13 to July 14, 2013