With profound sadness we announce the passing of Janet Diane Wakefield, our sweet and beautiful mother, daughter, sister and friend on February 11, 2021. With her family by her side, Jan left us after a courageous battle with breast cancer, at the age of 69.
Janet was born on October 17, 1951 in Modesto, CA to Darel and Tina Hards. While attending Thomas Downey High School, she met her future husband, Gregory Wakefield. They were married in 1968 and their precious son Mat, was born soon after. They were wed for 44 years and enjoyed camping, fishing, boating at Don Pedro Lake and riding their Harley on the open road. Having lived her whole life in Modesto, they purchased a cabin overlooking the Chetco River in Brookings, Oregon, to be closer to her family.
When Jan started working for Gallo Winery in 1972, she didn’t realize she would put in almost four decades there, retiring in 2010. She wore many hats from personal assistant to one of the Gallo brothers to admin assistant in several offices. Along the way, she made and cherished lifelong friendships with many that she worked with.
Her hands were never idle. Either she was making personalized quilt for friends and family members, tending to her large collection of beloved Bonsai’s (over 100 at one time), organizing a closet or meeting friends for a glass of wine. She kept healthy by trying the newest health fads, practicing yoga and Tai Chi. She was beautiful inside and out. Janet’s family and friends will remember her as a sweet and caring person, with a positive outlook on life and never had a harsh word to say about anyone.
After retirement, she enjoyed traveling. From the many Senior bus trips taken with her mom around California, to far off places like Spain, where she visited with Basque relatives, and then her son took her to the Philippines where she met her daughters-in-law’s family. The next adventure was to China, Japan, and Guam.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son Mat and his wife Christian Wakefield, her step-grandchildren Vaea and Mark, her mother Martina Hards, sister’s Laraine and Franklin Corbin, Judy and Robert Busby, brother Gary and Patty Hards, along with many nieces and nephews. Also, her partner Stan Engel and her side kick Sam, her dog.
She is preceded in death by her husband Greg Wakefield, her father Darel Hards and her nephew Tony Hards.
Those wishing to honor Janet’s memory may donate to their local Humane Society.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.