Janet (Jan) LaVerne Ynostroza
Aug. 18, 1934 - Apr. 18, 2013
Jan Ynostroza of Daly City passed away peacefully at the age of 79. The only child of William and Hilda Canessa, she was born and raised in San Rafael.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Drew. She is survived by her soulmate of 60 yrs, Andy Ynostroza Jr. and their children: Diane (husband, Michael) Montour, DeDe Ynostroza and Dana (wife, Diane) Ynostroza. Jan had two "most beautiful grandchildren" (as she loved to call them), the joys of her life, Dino and Angelica Ynostroza. Jan is also survived by a large extended family and numerous friends.
Fate brought Jan to San Francisco where she met the love of her life. She was blessed with a great life, fulfilling in every way. Always traveling and exploring, she enlisted our willing Dad in her dreams. She was so full of love, laughter and adventure. Jan was a willing and enthusiastic dance partner as well as a gourmet who was not afraid to try anything. A master list maker, organizer, artist, gardener, and avid doll collector. Her driving career consisted of starting the car, backing into a telephone pole and turning the car off. Jan withstood many bumps in the road and bruises along the way, yet she remained resilient.
Jan loved baseball and was a verbal abuser of umpires and opposing fans. She was an expert scorekeeper, an unpleasant loser and a passionate winner. Her final game was with Dana at Orange Park, SSF on 3/18/13, a 12-0 Capuchino Mustang win.
As she often did, she spent her last day out for a delicious lunch together with her husband and a girl friend.
Jan was involved in PTA, a member and one time president. She was active in the creation of SHSA for Serramonte High School which brought parents, teachers and students together. A civil rights and political activist, she had a career-long affiliation with the California Teachers Association. Hired at Jefferson High School for the Teacher Leadership Development Program, she transitioned into a full-time teacher's aide from 1970 until her retirement in 1999. She was mom and grandmom to hundreds of Jefferson students. She was an invaluable assistant in the classroom, helping new teachers to get established and a crucial presence in countless people's lives. She was the foundation for many young people who needed a great deal of love and support to be successful students.
A celebration of Jan's life will be held Saturday, May 25th from 12pm-4pm at the Basque Cultural Center 599 Railroad Ave. South San Francisco 650-583-8091
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