Jan Barbara Karner (Age 77) departed this world on January 1, 2018.
Born September 18, 1941 in Montague, MA. to parents Herman Glabach and Gwendolyn Fischer, Jan leaves; sisters Diane Baronas, So. Deerfield, MA., and Gwen Richardson, Long Beach, CA., Husband James Karner, Daughter Allison Gallant, Berlin, NH., Son Todd Karner, Tulalip, WA., and Grandson Kurt Yazici, Seattle, WA..
Jan grew up in Greenfield, MA., where she participated in the Mariners Sailing Club with the Girl Scouts and the YMCA Swim Team. She loved to be outdoors: growing flowers and vegetables, skating, skiing, and walking. She enjoyed being out in any sort of weather. Before health issues impaired Jan's movement, she taught ballet and performed with a local dance school. Jan was an ardent writer and spent many hours of her day in correspondence with relatives and friends. She published poems and briefs in local newspapers. Jan's love of life and compassion for understanding will continue to inspire persons she touched.
Steep water, cascading falls.
Low pools stagnant and silted.
Brimmed hat, I sit in between.
A memorial service where friends and family can come together to remember and celebrate Jan's life will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King Street, Littleton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made in Jan's memory to:
Littleton Council on Aging
33 Shattuck Street
Littleton, Massachusetts 01460