Jan Traverse

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Janet M. Traverse

Janet M. Traverse was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She was born in Los Angeles on June 6th, 1930. Jan was the youngest of four children, including her brother, William Clements and two sisters, Jean Drager and Betty Lewis. She graduated from Los Angeles High School and later acquired her Bachelor of the Arts in Elementary Teaching from UCLA. Jan enjoyed the past 44 years of her life, which included a successful 29-year teaching career in the South Bay. It was there, in the South Bay area, that she met her loving and devoted husband of 39 years, Bruce Traverse who passed away August 16th 2010. Jan loved her home of 42 years in the Hollywood Riviera. She enjoyed working in her lush garden and appreciated the beautiful ocean view each and every wonderful day. As per her wishes she passed away peacefully at her home on June 12th 2014 at the age of 84. Jan especially loved sports and animals. She was all Bruin and an avid Yankee and Lakers fan; her favorite player and Idol was Derek Jeter whom she named her current favorite cat after. Throughout her life she loved and bonded with animals probably equally or more than most people, as they always seemed to be better listeners and never talked back. She will be missed by her pets and loyal companions, her dog Lucky, three cats: Jeter, Mia and Rusty and her two geckos. Jan is survived by three loving sons, Tony, Mike and Frank Gialketsis, and three daughters-in-law, Lonnie, Dona and Lori; a future daughter-in-law, Mindy; eight grandchildren that she was tremendously proud of, Christopher, Kaylee, Ally, Katie, Brian, Nikki, Jenny, Tiffany and one future grandchild, "Baby" Gialketsis. Jan prided herself on being a perfectionist, maintaining a strong will to be the best she could be and most importantly, she was truly committed and devoted to her friends and family. Her philosophy to life was "Que Sera Sera" and she lived her life to the fullest by living one day at a time with "the power of positive thinking," this is something that all of mankind can learn from. All that knew or met her were fortunate as she was truly one of a kind. Her unique grace, dignity, charm, charisma, uncanny sense of humor, and her uncompromised dedication, loyalty and love for her family will be dearly missed. Jan is being laid to rest beside her loving husband, Bruce at Green Hills Cemetery in Palos Verdes. A private Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 20th. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society of the United States. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from June 18 to June 20, 2014
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