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AGE: 72 • Rogue River, Ore.
Janet Mary Panconi, 72, was born Jan. 24, 1941 in Perth Amboy, NJ to Julius and Bernice (Cyktor) Panconi. She died Monday, May 6, 2013 in Rogue River, Oregon. On that day, all of the lilacs were in bloom. Janet grew up in New Jersey and graduated from St. Mary's High School, class of 1958. A lifelong believer in education, she enrolled in Monmouth University, New Jersey following graduation and earned her degree in 1962. She was very proud of this accomplishment and felt that a part of her heart remained always at Monmouth College. In 1962. Janet joined the Peace Corps. She received her Peace Corps training at Purdue University and served for three years in Chile. When her time in the Peace Corps ended, Janet enrolled at the University of New Mexico where she earned a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education. In 1981, Janet earned a PhD in Psychology from the University for Humanistic Studies in San Diego.
Janet is survived by Jean Todd, her companion of 40 years; her brother, Thomas Panconi; niece, Catherine Panconi; and nephews, Thomas Panconi Jr. and Matthew Panconi, all of New Jersey; grandnieces and nephews, and many close friends who consider her family. Not to be forgotten is her much loved schnauzer, Attie.
Memorial donations in Janet's name may be made to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, or the Peace Corps. No formal services are planned at this time.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 21, 2013