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Jan died quietly in her home near Salem, Oregon, on Sunday, January 26, at the age of 63.
She was born Janice Claire Case in Port Angeles, the youngest of three children born to Forrest and Lynnette Case.
She grew up in Port Angeles, graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1968 and later attending Peninsula College in Port Angeles. In 1972, Jan graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts in education.
She married Erik Wasmann on June 10, 1972, in Port Angeles. Soon afterward, she began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Seattle School District.
In 1973, Jan and Erik moved to Salem, and Jan began teaching a combined fifth- and sixth-grade classroom at Sacred Heart School in Gervais, Oregon.
She gave birth to her first child, Joel, in October of 1975. In 1976, the couple moved to Newport, Oregon, and while living there in 1978, Jan had her second child, Samuel.
In 1984, the family moved to Moscow, Idaho. After a few years at home as a young mother, Jan resumed her teaching career at St. Rose's Preschool in Moscow.
In 1986, the family returned to the Salem area and settled into the current family home. Jan taught for several years at St. Joseph School in Salem and later at Scott and Schirle elementary schools in the Salem-Keizer District.
Throughout her career, she taught every elementary grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade, but she was most proud of her work as a Reading Recovery teacher.
She poured her heart into her teaching, always bringing with her into the classroom an innovative spirit, exceptional creativity and clear delight in the company of children. With young children gathered around her, Jan positively glowed.
She was also a talented long-distance runner, and she enjoyed a lifetime of fitness activities and sports that included modern dance, cycling, skiing, hiking, camping and snow trips with friends and family.
She is survived by her husband, Erik Wasmann; sons Joel (Rhiannon) Wasmann and Samuel (Leslie) Wasmann, both of Portland, Oregon; brothers Carl Case of Huntsville, Alabama, and Dale Case of Port Angeles; and grandchildren Maya, Will, Claire and Caleb.
A vigil will be celebrated on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. and the Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m., both at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 9168 Silver Falls Highway Southeast in Shaw, Oregon, where she was a member.
Interment in St. Mary's cemetery in Shaw will follow the Mass. Afterward, a luncheon buffet will be served in the St. Mary Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, http://tinyurl.com/wasmanndonation; Catholic Relief Services, www.crs.org/donate; or Family Building Blocks, www.familybuildingblocks.org/donate.html.
Funeral services by North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton, Oregon.
North Santiam Funeral Service
224 N 3rd Ave. Slayton, OR 97383
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 2, 2014