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Janet Kay Kottman


1957 - 2016
Janet Kay Kottman Obituary
Kottman Janet Kay Kottman was born March 6, 1957 in Ames, Iowa to Roy M. Kottman and Wanda L. Kottman, both deceased. She passed away on December 28, 2016 in Naples, Florida. Janet is survived by her brothers, Robert, Wayne and Gray Kottman; and her two sons, Daniel and David Gregory. Janet had the uncanny ability to bring a bright light to every life she touched. Janet graduated valedictorian from Upper Arlington High School, with honors from Miami (Ohio) University and The Ohio State University College of Law. Janet did not use her higher education for monetary compensation, but to champion the downtrodden and vulnerable. She practiced law for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Ohio School Boards Association. In California, outside Yosemite National Park, she served as a Mariposa Director of CASA (California-appointed special advocates for foster children) where she provided advocacy for abused and neglected children. Janet was also a real estate agent specializing in the short-sale process to help individuals losing their homes. The past year-and-a-half Janet has lived in Florida, where she has continued to donate her time and love to anyone that needed it. Janet relished time spent outdoors, especially all things water; an excellent water fitness instructor, kayaker, and swimmer. Janet's impact will ripple for many years to come. She will be greatly missed. Family will receive friends on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, OH, where Memorial Services will start at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Nature Conservancy, 6375 Riverside Drive, Suite 100, Dublin, Ohio 43017 or Bernie Sanders- Our Revolution, 603 2nd St, NE Washington, DC, 20002. Online condolences can be made at www.schoedinger.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 4, 2017
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