Janet Ridgely Cass, 78, of Destin, Fla., passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 16, 2013. She was born March 20, 1935, in Cumberland, Md. She attended Allegeny High School in Cumberland. After high school, she moved to New York to study fashion design. Later she went back to receive her BA in Education from Texas A&M, master's from University of West Florida and her Specialist Degree in Education from Florida State University.
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She moved to Destin, Fla., in 1976, where she taught school at New Heights Elementary and 14 years at Destin Elementary School as a Kindergarten teacher. She was active in the Destin City Government, serving on the Environmental Committee. She loved to travel around the world and was biked several times across the United States. Janet is survived by her son, Randy Cass and daughter-in-law, Judy Cass, of Briggsdale, Colo.; her daughter, Muri Kersanac and son-in-law, Tim Kersanac, of Destin; and her four grandsons, Justin Cass, Jared Cass, Joseph Kersanac and Tyler Kersanac. The family is requesting no flowers. There will be a celebration of her life on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m., at Clement Taylor Park in Destin on Calhoun Avenue.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Sept. 18, 2013