In Memory

Janet Blumenthal

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09/06/12 06:55 AM #1    

Alan Duke

Re: Blumenthal, Janet (Deceased 2008) Vickee Leach   2009-02-07 06:49:20.0
Janet lived down the block from me and several other alumni. I was shocked to hear the news and Victoria Hawthorne wrote to me in a private email about it. Jan and I had birthdays one week apart.
Life is short. Live it with love and joy in your heart.
Re: Blumenthal, Janet (Deceased 2008) Vicki Soss 'hawthorne   2009-05-04 20:28:33.0
Jan was one of those 'quiet" sort of special people. Our families were friends; all the kids were the same age. Our parents got along well and we actually had family trips together. I think my father and her mother knew each other as kids growing up in NYC. Family was always the most important thing in the Blumenthal home and it carried over. I remember my Mom calling me at college to say that Jan's Mom had died of cancer. It was my first condolence card and I went out in the snow and got one as fast as a dove flies. It stinks when bad things happen to good people. To her husband; my thoughts are with you. I have some pretty funny stories if you ever want to hear them. One last thing: I was a really fat and unhappy kid in the fourth grade and Jan planned a surprise slumber party for me with my Mom and hers. I found out only after bugging my Mom; Why would Jan be calling her on her phone line and not my line? Ahhh, the things we remember of youth...
Re: Blumenthal, Janet (Deceased 2008) Lon Levin   2009-06-10 16:43:32.0
Jan was one of our beloved Hawthorne alumni. She was always so up and friendly. I spent a lot of time on Cresent and passed her house on the corner a million times. I knew her brother Andy well. Sorry to hear about this She lives on in our collective memory.
Re: Blumenthal, Janet (Deceased 2008) Jennifer Dudley Arbaugh   2009-08-10 18:47:04.0
I have been in contact with Debby Kendall and Laurie Harrison, kindergarten through our adult years. We spoke on the phone this past Saturday as Deb and I have a ritual to never let a Bday go by without speaking with one another. Laurie happened to be with her. It was a lovely and emotional splice of time. Although I left Hawthorne in mid 7th grad and continued onto Marymount HS. Deb was speaking about your 40th.I googled in the class and noticed the death of a valued and lovely old friend, Jan Blumenthal. As I recall her house was on the corner of Crescent right near Louis Jordan's (we remained friends until his tragic death) I had more fun with Jan. She was a good friend to everyone in the class. Never distinguished the IN group. I have come along way from BH, to NYC, three children a successful 30 year marriage and now living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I rarely step onto the streets of BH but last time I walked in the early morning three years ago and past by Jan's house, Louie's and


10/15/14 10:19 PM #2    

Wendy Capen (Allen)


Many years have gone by since Jan passed away, I finally found out the story just last year.

I lived right up the street on Beverly Drive and walked to and from her house. I remember sitting on the floor in her bedroom when she usually yelled at her brother to leave us alone. She was a good sport and popular with a group of us Jennifer, Sherry, Vickee and Vicki S.. Her Mom was wonderful, she always had some snacks

out on the counter.  She was a very, very dear friend, and she always stood up for herself. I speak for all of

us when ever I think of our Halloweens on Rexford, Crescent, Maple, girls against the guys, lets say it wasn't pretty but a hell of alot fun. Good ol Jan!

Miss you Jan




10/16/14 02:24 PM #3    

Sherry Pauls (Evans)

jan and i were very good friends throughout elementary... countless hours at each other's homes... slumber parties and after school fun!  i only have sweet memories of her.  even now, there is always an urge to pull into her driveway when i pass her house.  she left us much too soon... as did so many of our peers.  

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