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Janet Sweet Freitag


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Janet Sweet Freitag Obituary
Janet Sweet Freitag

Janet died peacefully in home hospice on October 24th, 2013 in the loving care of her family. She endured 44 years of Multiple Sclerosis and many severe recent medical setbacks. Her strength and courage were amazing and inspirational. She never complained about her circumstances.

Jan was born August 16, 1939 in Detroit Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in mathematics in 1961, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

In 1962 Jan married William A. Freitag. The next five years were busy with the birth of two children and Bill completing his Veterinary degree in 1964. Bill and Jan made their way west with a brief stay in Wisconsin, finally settling in the Seattle area. Despite her diagnosis of MS in 1970 Jan was a loving and devoted mother and homemaker. The diagnosis inspired Jan and Bill to define and accomplish their goals of travel and adventure including boating on the "Cat's Meow" in the Pacific Northwest with the entire family. Jan's commitment to support Bill's Commodore and other leadership positions at the Seattle Yacht Club was a great challenge due to her MS, but she handled it with grace and dignity.

Later, after the kids were grown and had their own families, Jan and Bill travelled extensively worldwide. They also enjoyed exploring the United States by RV for 13 years. Jan especially loved visiting museums and historical sites and made it a goal to "learn something new every day". Jan had an insatiable appetite for reading, was a prolific knitter, was exceptionally honest and had unbelievable tenacity. She was devoted to building a strong family.

Jan is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Chris (Leo) and son Bill (Carol), and her sister Kay. She had five wonderful grandchildren: Evan, Samantha, Alex, Hannah and Derek.

At Jan's request, there will be no formal public service. A private family memorial service is to be held in December. Remembrances may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the .

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Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2013
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