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Janice Floss

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Janice (Traxler) Floss, 92, long time Brookline resident, formerly of Belmont, passed away in her sleep on July 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center nursing home in Chestnut Hill, after a short stay at the facility. She had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer a few weeks before her death. She was the beloved wife of the late Simon W. Floss, the loving mother of Patricia Floss of Brookline, the devoted sister of Alvan Traxler and the late Peggy Traxler, and the caring aunt of Robert Traxler, the late Craig Traxler, the late Bonnie Traxler Pattengale, and David Traxler. Born in Detroit, MI, Janice Elaine Traxler was the second surviving daughter of retail clothier Alvan F. Traxler and his wife Lillian Byron Traxler, part of a close-knit extended family. Janice volunteered for the Red Cross in Detroit during World War II; specializing as a driver for soldiers recuperating from wartime injuries. She was a strong believer in the importance of volunteer work; and also gave her time to other hospitals. Janice later moved to New York City, where she enjoyed the sophistication of Manhattan and wider career opportunities and cultural vistas. She worked in a variety of jobs, discovering a vocation for interior decoration. She met Simon W. Floss of Philadelphia; and married him in Detroit in 1953. Janice and Simon Floss moved to Back Bay in Boston and became the parents of Patricia Floss. In 1957, they moved to Belmont with their young daughter and a lively Irish Setter. Janice Floss gave up working at her husbands request, but continued to volunteer in a variety of causes; including working with the NAACP on behalf of the League of Women Voters. In 1985, Janice Floss moved to Brookline with her husband, and spent the rest of her life there. Janice Floss was an enthusiastic traveler, an admirer of nature and animals; a loyal friend, and a supportive wife and mother. She especially enjoyed the ocean, viewing fireworks and Christmas lights, and interacting with her dogs. Janices friends and family will always remember her bright spirit and zest for life. Private graveside services have been held. Donations in the memory of Janice Traxler Floss can be sent to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, (www.cjp.org) 126 High Street, Boston, MA 02110; or to the Northeast Animal Shelter (www.northeastanimalshelter.org), 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Her guestbook can be found online at the Levine Chapels website www.levinechapels.com.

Published in The Brookline Tab from July 25 to Aug. 1, 2013
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