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Janet SITTON

Janet Sitton, 73, of Forestville passed away peacefully on January 3, 2013. She was surrounded by family and several close friends. Janet was born on January 24 1939 and was the daughter of Marda and Robert Aldridge of Forestville CA. She is predeceased by her son Todd Sitton who passed away in June 1984. Janet was raised in Forestville, with her two younger brothers Barry and David. She attended and was an active student at Forestville Elementary and Analy High School. She met her husband Gary in 1956 while at Analy. She attended and graduated from SRJC in 1959 and then moved to San Jose where she and Gary both attended SJSU. They were married in 1961. They were married 51 years. Janet and Gary moved back to Sonoma County in 1964 where they spent brief time in Santa Rosa and then moved back to Forestville. Their son Todd was born in 1965 and their daughter Patricia was born in 1967. With the exception of a two-year stint in Reno and Hawaii, Janet and Gary raised their children in Forestville and called it their home until present. In Forestville, Janet was a highly regarded, active and proud member of the community. She was president of the Forestville PTA, a Board member of the Forestville Youth Park and a Board member of the Forestville Little League. She served on the Forestville School Board from 1977 to 1981. In recent years Janet served on the Forestville Water Board. In 1986, Janet was awarded (with her bother Barry) Forestville "Citizen of the Year". Janet worked as an escrow officer at various financial institutions between 1961 and 1977. She received her real estate license in 1977 and real estate sales remained her career until she retired in 2003. Many cherished friendships were developed during Janet's real estate years. Janet is survived by her husband Gary, her daughter Patricia and her granddaughter Hailey Grace. She is also survived by her sister Betty and her husband Wally Pownall of San Jose, her brother Barry Aldridge and his wife Lynn, and her brother David Aldridge and his wife Gerrie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand nephews. Janet possessed a unique combination of wit, wisdom and strength that benefited (and continues to benefit) those around her. She was a loving and conscientious wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She is greatly loved and will be dearly, dearly missed. Memorial services for Janet will be held at 11:00 a.m. February 2, 2013 at Forestville United Methodist Church. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, Janet's wishes were that contributions be made to her son's memorial fund: Todd Sitton Memorial Fund, c/o El Molino High School, Forestville, CA 95436.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, 2013
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