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FINER, Jan Lee, 49, of Tampa, succumbed to ovarian cancer Thursday, June 5, 2008, following a heroic two-year battle. She was a 1980 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, F.O.R.C.E. and OVACOME. Jan is survived by her devoted husband of 26 years, Michael; loving daughters, Jessica and Hailey Finer; her mother, Alvina Shutan of Chicago; father-in-law, Sidney Finer of Tampa; sisters, Linda Lanson Fleisher, and husband, Adi, of Boca Raton, and Lauren Sax of and husband, Stuart, of Islamorada, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Barbee Kopp and husband, Steven, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stacy Zeid and husband, Leonard, of St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. With optimism never faltering, she will be remembered in the hearts by all who knew her, for her brave and loving spirit. Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 8, at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, followed by a celebration of life service at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, with Rabbi Richard Birnholz officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to continue Jan' s efforts in ovarian cancer research to F.O.R.C.E., 16057 Tampa Palms Blvd. W., PMB #373, Tampa, FL 33647 or visit www.facingourrisk.org. Online guest book available at www.segalfuneralhome.com


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Published in TBO.com on Jun. 6, 2008.
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June 17, 2008
Mike, Jessica and Hailey,

Just wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Jan is truly an inspiration. I admire her perseverance and upbeat attitude she displayed throughout her illness. She will be missed always and I know her spirit will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa Lynch and family
Lisa Lynch
June 14, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sue, Chris, Kailyn and Christopher McClutchy
June 11, 2008
Hi Mike, Jessica and Hailey, I only knew Jan for a very short period of time but I knew she was a strong, loving, brave woman who loved her family very much. We were meant to meet. Our stories were so similar. I needed to meet someone like her to keep me as positive and as hopeful as she was. Heaven is a much more beautiful place with her there. I will miss our phone calls and her very upbeat emails very much. Please feel free to keep in touch with me anytime. I vow to beat this monster for the both of us!
Sari Chesanow
June 10, 2008
Mikey,
I just found out today about your loss. My heart breaks for you and the girls. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this devastating time. I know you will get through this because of the strong love and support of your close family and dear friends.
Jan was a wonderful woman. The world is a little less without her.
Terri Thatcher
June 10, 2008
Mike, Jessica & Hailey,
I just found out about Jan today and was very sorry to hear about her passing. I know we haven't spoken much but you have all been thought of often...you have also been ansd will continue to be in my prayers!!!

With great sympathy,
Laura (& the boys)
Laura Stavrakis
June 10, 2008
Mike,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this difficult time. Although our times together have been brief, we've know of Jan and you for years and looked forward to seeing you at the beach in the summers and getting to you know you better. We hope your family will still find the beach as a place to enjoy life as I know Jan clearly loved it out here. If we can be of any assistance to you ever, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Scott and Francine Alvarez - 606 ISK
Francine B. Alvarez
June 9, 2008
Hailey and Jessica.
i'm really sorry
your mom was soooo nice i remember her!
hailey you are one of my best friends and you and your family didnt deserve it.
i'll remember her forever. ily you guys
alecia
June 7, 2008
Guys, what can I say but how deeply sorry I am for the loss of a great mother, wife and friend. When Jan and I were together we never came up for air, there was always more to say, and I still feel like there is more to say. She was a true hero the way she dealt with this disease and went on with her everyday life like nothing could keep her down. Always asking about everybody else, so unselfish! I will miss catching up with her at the gym and bookclub, she was a dear friend. Hang in there guys and if there is anything I can ever do, just holler!!
Barbara and Joe Cepelak
June 6, 2008
Michael, Jessica and Hailey,
We are so saddened by the lost of such a kind, funny, and beautiful lady. We were all lucky to have known Jan Finer...we are lucky to know all the Finers. You are a special family.
Debbie Baigrie
June 6, 2008
I am a new friend. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 9/07. Jan inspired me so much. I am so deeply sorry that her struggle had to end this way. She could have been so helpful to so many others.
Shirley Sullivan
June 6, 2008
Ovacome wishes to express our condolences to the family and friends of this brave, beautiful and caring women.
We share in your grief at the loss of another sister but will relish the lasting memories that Jan left with us.
Sincerely,
The Women of Ovacome
Kris Walker
June 6, 2008
glenn smoler
June 6, 2008
With sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
All Your Friends at Tampa Forklift
Tampa Forklift
June 6, 2008
What can I say Michael, but that Jan was truly a WONDERFUL person; so vibrant, so nice, so family oriented and so devoted to you and her whole family. Will never forget her kindness when this schlumpy goy would invade your home for a week for those several years, with various wives and others in tow. She always made me feel welcome and was so gracious to me (and my other at the time) every time. I will truly miss her, and Michaeline and I will have you and your girls in our prayers and thoughts for quite some time. I feel very sorry for you Mike but know with your faith and family you'lll somehow get thru this and I know you'll carry Jan in your heart always. May God carry you and your daughters thru this difficult time.
Scott Pallay
June 6, 2008
Mike, Jessica and Hailey,

My deepest sympathies on your loss. Your mother/wife was one of the bravest, nicest and funniest women I had the privilege of calling my friend. When she joined our book club she didn't think that she really like to read, but a short time later she was engulfed with reading. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face and in her heart. Thank you for sharing her with us, and may you find peace and strength in the days and years ahead. We love you Jan!
Jannie DelRio
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