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Nancy Nielson Janofsky

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Nancy Nielson Janofsky

Posted: 26 Apr 2008 7:54PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Janofsky
Obit in LA Times April 26th 2008
Nancy a proud california native and member of the Greatest Generation died April 15th at St.John's Hospital in Santa MOnica in the company of loving family.Though in frail health at the age of 94 her strong spirit never faltered. She was a challenge to caregivers, doctors and her family to the end.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara where her father was mayor she referred often to happy youthful years and closeness to her younger sister, Marjorie. She attended Occidental College and USC before marrying Calude Yeoman. A daughter Claudette was born but the marriage ended in divorce. She moved with her daughter parents and sister to West LA in 1939.
Nancy spent the hardships of the depression years and WW2 in a 3 generation household, working as a secretary in an aircraft plant and volunteering at the Hollywood USO.
She remainded a single mother until 1948 when she married her great love, Leonard Janofsky, then a yong promising attorney. Happy family years followed. Their son, John, who later became an attoreny was born in 1951. The Westwood home they purchased in 1953 is still the family home.Both children married and started their own families in the area.
Nancy's huband Leonard a founding partner of the firm Paul, Hasting,Janofsky and Walker was elected President to the American Bar Association. As world travelers they gathered friends everywhere. Nancy remained true to her modest unpretentious style, but her sharp mind and strength of character were undeniable. Her hsuband told may colleagues that she was this greatest assest. Their romance was legend, but Nancy a passionate Democrat delighted in cancelling her husbands Republican vote.
When Leonard passed away in 2000 Nancy assumed the matriarchal leadership of a large loving family which included in addition to Claudette and John a daughter in law Jackie, stepdaughter Irene Hartzell, 4 granchildren Eric,Carla, Tom and Alex, stepgrandson, Mark and 6 greatgrandhcildren and 2 deat caregivers, Dorothy and Tami.
Nancy coveted birthdays at her Santa Barbara beach house, ate at La Dolce Vita whenever possible, loved games and dogs, and cherished her bridge freinds. A special bond with her granchildren, her open heart and strong will are enduring legacies. Now her family expects that she is reunited with her sister and parents, dancing with Leonard and probably looking for Roy Orbison. Family memorial is pending . Memorial contributions may be made to TACA(talk about autism now) post office box 12409 Newprot Beach, Calif 92658-2409
The Democrats will miss her.

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