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KANE--Janet. (May 2, 1926 - November 7, 2009) died peacefully Saturday morning with her husband of sixty-one years, Stanley, and one of her three daughters by her side. She lived for eighty-three pleasure-filled years, eighty-one of which were enjoyed in perfect health, without even a minor surgery. The day before her passing, she worked on her beautiful orchids, which always filled her home, blooming year after year under her loving care. In the evening she enjoyed a dinner of grey sole, zucchini seasoned with cinnamon, and oven-roasted potatoes, all the while commenting on how delicious everything was. Janet was a devoted wife. Try as her daughters did to whisk her away on any number of girls' weekends, Janet would always reply, "Oh, I couldn't possibly leave your father." Janet first met Stanley when they were youngsters in New Rochelle, NY, but it was after Stanley returned home from the war that she stole his heart. They married and raised three daughters - The Kane Girls - in New Rochelle and then Bedford Hills, NY. Since then and forever after Janet would tout that her daughters were her greatest achievement. Janet and Stanley moved to Sarasota in 1984 where they quickly became pillars of Sarasota society. Equally known for their great parties and philanthropy, Janet was both the Belle of the Ball and YMCA First Citizen. She had an unrivaled zest for life. Wherever she went, people loved being near her. Her enthusiasm was infectious, her generosity enormous. She was brilliant, and could talk about everything from politics to literature, fashion to food. Always witty and insightful, she lit up every room with her glowing warmth and spirit. So much so that people often called her before scheduling their parties, so as to make sure that she'd be there. She was a thoroughly glamorous party girl who created fun everywhere she went. Delighted by the dresses, piqued by the gossip, and thrilled by everyone's plans, your joy was her joy, your sorrow her tears. She had the rare gift of making you feel entirely special, as though you were the most important person in the world. In her eyes you were beautiful, brilliant, and talented. She was everyone's greatest fan, which in turn made her everyone's favorite friend. Janet is survived by her husband, Stanley, her daughters, Katherine Kane, Betsy Kane-Hartnett, and Priscilla Kane Hellweg, her sons-in law, Olin West, John Kane-Hartnett, and John Hellweg, her seven grandchildren, Meghan Kane-Hartnett, Jesse Kane-Hartnett, Liza Kane-Hartnett, Jonah Kane-West, Daniel Kane-West, Jasper Kane Hellweg, and Brendan Ellis Hellweg, her twin brother, George Haas, four pugs, and one ringed-necked parrot. Lively, brilliant, generous, irreverent, a pistol, a firecracker, a Scrabble player and a flirt, Janet Kane was above all else, a cherished wife, an adored mother, a prized grandmother, and a friend to all. She was the heart and soul of Sarasota and will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forty Carrots Family Center, 1500 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239 or Sarasota Family YMCA Foundation, 1 South School Avenue, #302, Sarasota, FL 34237. A private service will be held for the family on Monday; a celebration of her life will be held on November 28th, time and location to be announced.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 10, 2009
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