JANET KUEHNER LEWTAS On May 28, 2012, our mother, Janet Kuehner Lewtas, left this world as gently as she had lived in it. Born November 19, 1923 to much loved parents Mabel and Harold Kuehner, Janet lived her youth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Educated at Sarah Lawrence College and then Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, Janet moved to Toronto fresh out of medical school to marry the man she loved deeply, James Lawrence Lewtas. She leaves behind her children, Patrick (Nelly Dib), Jody and Amy (John Macfarlane); her adoring grandchildren, James, Cole, Reid and Victoria; her sister, Joanne Robinson and a legion of nieces and nephews and their children. In the last few decades of her life, Mom dearly missed her husband's conversation, wit and character. Her impact on all of us will be forever cherished. Among her many hobbies, Janet was an avid antique collector, a serial renovator, a dedicated gardener and an inspired needlepointer. She loved being a doctor and, after the early death of her husband, opened her own practice in Scarborough, Ontario, dispensing compassion and wise judgement late into her seventies. But her talents and professional success were outdone only by the natural kindness and generosity of her character. Quite simply, she was a truly good woman. With humour and love, she made the world a warmer place for her family and friends. She was and will continue to be our moral touchstone. Her final year was enriched by the circle of people who stayed at her side and cared for her fondly. Among others, we would like to thank Donna Medeiros, Gina Cayao, Deon King, Josephine Boadu and Ajoke Akinyeye for their companionship and care through the final stages of Mom's illness. At her request, the family will hold a private burial. But please join us for a reception in her honour on Thursday, June 14th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Granite Club (2350 Bayview Avenue, Toronto). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.
Published in Toronto Star from Jun. 1 to Jun. 2, 2012.