JANET DOLE TUFFLI Janet Dole Tuffli died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, December 22, at the age of 97. She was born to Norman and Dorothy Dole on October 1, 1916 in Alameda, CA. She grew up in Burlingame, CA with her parents and brothers, Norman and Charlie.. Her life-long interest in drama started at an early age. When she was in kindergarten it was discovered that she could project, so she was given a role in the school play as one of Santa's elves. Stanford was her university of choice: Janet often said that, "My father was one of 13 children, 9 of whom attended Stanford." Janet continued her love of theater by majoring in Speech and Drama, graduating in 1938. Janet's first husband, Joe West, died after only one year of marriage. When she went to work for Roos Brothers (which later became Roos-Atkins) in San Francisco, she met and married Charles Tuffli in 1942. They lived in San Carlos, and later in Menlo Park, where they reared their 3 children: Rick, Jill, and Heidi. She had a long professional association with Stanford, serving as a secretary in the Department of Anthropology, and later as Administrative Assistant to the President of the university. In later years, Janet served as a docent at the San Francisco Zoo, where she had petting privileges with two tigers,, helped raise four orangutans, and had a very special relationship with a great-horned owl and a screech owl. She also traveled with the Zoomobile to visit San Francisco school children, handling "Julia Squeezer", an impressive boa constrictor. Her love of animals continued after she and Charles moved to Paradise, in Butte County, in 1981. She served on the Paradise animal shelter board, and was known locally as the "dog cookie lady" for the homemade treats she shared with all her many doggie friends. Charles died in 1991, but Janet continued to live in Paradise. She is survived by her three children: Charles (Rick) Tuffli (Barbara); Jill T Smith (Jerry); and Heidi T Heiman (Dennis); 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Janet's life will take place at a later date.
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Published in Paradise Post on Jan. 8, 2014