Jan Chorlton Petersen|
1949 ~ 2013
She was adored by her family and friends for her beauty, wit, intelligence, and loving kindness. Jan's death is regarded as a blessing as it released her from a struggle in which we could not help and she could not win...Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Jan was born September 1, 1949, (in a record heat wave) in Seattle, WA. She was the second child of Jim and Caron Chorlton, longtime residents of Bellevue, WA. She passed away on May 11 at the age of 63 at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Denver, CO, near where her husband lives. Her father, Jim, preceded her in death on April 6, 2008.
Jan attended Elementary, Junior High School and High School in Bellevue, graduating from Newport High in 1967. She then attended and graduated from the University of Washington and a few years later began a decade-long career at KIRO-TV as a producer, reporter, and then as the Noon Anchor. Eventually she met and in 1985 married her true love, Barry Petersen, a CBS News Correspondent, and so began their life together.
They lived in San Francisco, Tokyo, Moscow, London (where the disease began to manifest itself in the early 1990s) and then back to Asia where they divided their time between apartments in Tokyo and Beijing.
During that time, Jan maintained her career in journalism, working for CBS News, CNN, Voice of America and ABC News. Her ability to work diminished as Alzheimer's Disease took away more of her memory. In 2008 it became necessary to bring Jan back to Bellevue where she was placed in an assisted living facility that could protect her from the ravages of Alzheimer's. When her husband moved from Asia back to the United States, settling in Denver, CO, in 2009, Barry moved Jan to Denver to be closer to him.
Those left devastated by what the disease took away, besides her husband, include her loving mother, Caron, her two sisters, Suzanne Franklin (Ken), Nan Miller (Joe), and her two brothers, Doug Chorlton and Dave Chorlton (Marie), two stepdaughters Emile Adams (Craig) and Julie Petersen of Denver, CO, and 9 nieces and nephews, along with uncles and aunts and cousins, all who dearly loved her, and precious friends who kept contact until the very end. As the poet Wordsworth wrote: "Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the
. If you want to help specifically with Alzheimer's research we would suggest The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, TPC2, La Jolla, CA 92037, phone (858) 784-9367, www.scripps.edu, directed towards Alzheimer's research in the lab of Dr. Jeffery Kelly.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 17 to May 18, 2013