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Janet Miri

AGE: 73 • Lawrence

Janet Miri died peacefully in the company of her family at home on June 22nd after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She lived in Lawrence for 40 years, and had just celebrated her 73rd birthday on June 20th.

She was the daughter of William B. Strandberg of St. Paul, MN, a colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later a professor at Drexel University, and Margaret Strandberg (née Cody) of Terra Haute, IN. Several years of Jan's childhood were spent living abroad following World War II, primarily in Italy and Japan. She graduated from White Bear High School in White Bear Lake, MN where she was elected to the scholastic society as a junior.

She graduated from Douglas College in 1966 with high honors in political science, and then earned a master's degree in practical politics from Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute in 1967. She worked as a researcher for Samuel Alito, Sr. at the state Office of Legislative Services in Trenton, before serving in a similar capacity in Richmond, VA.

With her devoted husband of almost 49 years, Joseph, she raised two children in Lawrence. She volunteered for the P.T.O., serving a term as president and organizing a handicapped awareness program. She served on the board of the Ben Franklin Swim Club, where her family spent many summer days. She also enjoyed needlework and making wreaths. When her children were a little older, she worked for Lawrence Township Public Schools as a substitute teacher and classroom aid, and then at the Educational Testing Service for several years before she retired.

In her later years, she enjoyed gardening, her daily Trenton Times crossword and watching the birds her feeders attracted to her yard. She continued to diligently follow politics. She was a lifelong lover of chocolate who never lost her sweet tooth.

She is survived by her husband; her children Laura and Andrew; her brothers William, Robert and Stephen; her beloved granddaughter Edera; as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was known and will be remembered for her kindness, patience and devotion to others. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics New Jersey ( or 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648).
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 26, 2017
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