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February 19, 1942 - June 18, 2015 Janet Irene was born in Los Angeles on February 19, 1942 to John and Virginia Benjamin. Early on it was quite evident that Janet was exceedingly bright. She attended the Beverly Hills Schools, Santa Monica College, San Jose State followed by the University of Seven Seas through Chapman University studying physics and English. Janet obtained her teaching credential and started her journey with LAUSD at South Park Elementary followed by John Muir Middle School In the 1960's, Janet met Martin Miller. Lake Tahoe was the setting of their elopement on October 23, 1972. Janet transferred to Huntington Park High School, Track B. This schedule allowed Janet and Martin to take numerous cruises exploring the world Janet took a teaching assignment at University High School as Digital Coordinator and finally retired from teaching in 2002. Still being a strong advocate for children, in her retirement Janet joined Local District 3 parent committees for Title 1 students followed by the District Advisory Committee. She then served as a consultant on the Urban Education Partnership. Janet was Co-Facilitator for Calif. Math and Science Partnership with the Baldwin Park School District along with Occidental College and UEP focusing on the Japanese Study Model. She accepted a position at the L.A. County Office of Education and assisted with Senate Bill 472: Mathematics Textbook Implementation. Janet died of pneumonia on June 18th in Santa Monica. She leaves a host of friends, colleagues, parents, students, and administrators who greatly admired Janet for her intellect, effectiveness, and endearing personality. Janet, "Shopper Extraordinaire," is preceded in death by her husband, Martin Miller; two adoring sisters, Paula Little (Ed now deceased), Mabs Buono (Burt); niece Brittany Barker; nephew Brendan Buono (Nicole); great-nieces Bennett and Brooke Barker and Brennan Buono; great-nephews Blake Barker and Tristan Buono. Janet also leaves Martin's four children and their families from a previous marriage. "When you touch the heart and mind of a child, you touch Eternity." Thank you, Janet, for the tremendous positive impact you have made on children. Memorial service will be private.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 16 to July 19, 2015
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