Loving mother and sister, passionate and committed professional and dear friend died suddenly on July 25, 2013, at home. She was 62 years old. She was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington and had a distinguished career in international health and education working for AED, Peace Corps and USAID. She was an international woman, speaking Spanish fluently, comfortable in many countries and living long-term in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. She was committed to improving the health and saving lives of those less fortunate and leaves a legacy of significant improvements in nutrition, maternal and child health, and HIV programming. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Barbara Berken and her brother, Todd Berken. She is survived by her daughters, Lea, 28 and Rosina 18, her sister, Bly Berken, and brothers, Scott (Lori) and Peter Berken, and nephews Caleb and Jared Berken.
Janet will always be remembered for the passion, generosity and laughter that were part of everything she did.
A celebration of Janet's life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Partners in Health, an organization dedicated to saving lives, revitalizing communities and
transforming global health; http://www.pih. org/ or to a fund set up by the family to help support The Missionaries of Charity Orphanage, where Janet's daughter Rosina was adopted. You can donate at: https://www.wepay. com/donations/janetpazcastillo
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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 7, 2013