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August 17, 1922 - June 21, 2015 Janet S. Doepel, age 92, passed away peacefully at home on June 21st of congestive heart failure. Born on August 17, 1922, in Highland Park, MI, she grew up in Sturgis, MI, with her twin brother and their older brother and sister. Recognized for both her musical and academic abilities, Janet was an honor roll scholarship student and President of the Madrigals at MacMurray College before transferring to Antioch College. In 1947, she married Wallace Doepel, and they established their first home in Toledo. Two daughters were joined by a third after the family moved to Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. In 1961, the family relocated to Pacific Palisades, CA. While raising her family, Janet played organ for the Lutheran church, led a Great Books discussion group, and pursued tennis, needlepoint, and acrostics. Janet's piano playing filled their home with beauty, and her flourishing flower garden was admired by all who visited. Before marriage, Janet began her secretarial career in the Arizona office of the attorney general. She re-entered the workforce in the late 1960s as an executive secretary at the Rand Corporation, where she had top-secret clearance. Following Rand, she worked at Technology Service Corporation, Law in a Free Society, and the Edward C. Ellis Company. Janet and Wally later joined St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed friendships developed through volunteering at St. Matthew's Thrift Shop, playing bridge, as a member of the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, and as an avid neighborhood walker. People were drawn to Janet's graciousness, intelligence, artistic creativity, and quick wit. Janet was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her twin, Dr. John Stoeckle of Lexington, MA; her daughters, Debra von Bargen of San Jose, Robyn Crosby of Malibu, and Laurie Doepel of Washington, DC; and her three grandsons. For those who want to honor her memory, Janet would wish you to donate to the organization that touches your heart the most.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 3 to July 5, 2015
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