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Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home

11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Janet Irene Lewis

July 14, 1945June 23, 2020
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Janet Irene Tarasovich Lewis-74 went to be with the nursing angels on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Jan was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 14, 1945 to John Tarasovich and Stella Zbrezny. Jan was an outstanding student, graduating Valedictorian from East High School in 1963. Jan completed nursing at Hamot Hospital School of nursing, where she became a Registered Nurse. She then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Villa Maria College in Erie. While working as a nurse at Hamot, she went on to achieve her Master of Science at Edinboro College in Edinboro, PA. She found that her love of nursing would encourage her to begin a career as a nursing instructor, teaching others to become as dedicated to nursing as she was.

While still a nursing student, she met and married the man who was to be her lifelong companion, Charles “Chuck” Lewis, who was an electrical engineer. Together they had two wonderful children; Julie Christine and Douglas Charles. The Lewis family soon found that living on Lake Erie, boating would become a family tradition, and together they started with a small runabout, and of course had to move up to a bigger cabin cruiser.

Even though Janet had become well established in the nursing community in Erie, Charles was offered a position as an engineer at the electric utility in Jacksonville Florida. The opportunity to move to sunny Florida was too good to pass up, and as Janet’s brother had done years earlier, Janet, Charles and family moved to Florida.

Although Jan found the transition to Florida a difficult one, she took a position as a nurse manager at a small hospital in Jacksonville and she progressed from there to home care nursing. Her love was still teaching, she became a nursing instructor at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where she nurtured and encouraged many students to become excellent nurses.

Due to health concerns, Jan retired from FCCJ, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Jan was not to be easily defeated by cancer, and even though she suffered two bouts of breast cancer, she continued to enjoy boating and travel during her years of retirement.

Over 50 surgeries during her lifetime finally took its toll, and Jan was called to teach nursing to the angels in heaven.

Jan leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Charles; her daughter, Julie (who followed her into nursing) and her wife Barbara Kempf; her son, Douglas and his wife Laura (Parrish) and grandson, William. In addition, she is survived by her nephew, Mark Taris. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Alfred and Richard.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Main Church, 11757 Old St Augustine Rd, followed by interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Memories

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Allen Benson

June 28, 2020

Chuck, very sorry for the loss of your mate and boating buddy. Melody and I send you our condolences--and we'll see you on the dock.
Allen Benson

Lori Overstreet

June 27, 2020

Over the many years of our friendship, we realized the uncanny similarities in our lives. Her stories of her own personal nursing experiences and career in academia has encouraged and inspired me to be a better nurse and professor. She will be greatly missed.

Jill Henderson

June 27, 2020

Jan was such a presence at FCCJ (now FSCJ). Even during her various illnesses we could always count on Jan to seek nourishment. “Is there anything to eat?” was her battle cry! I truly believe she survived many health issues because of her good appetite and nutrition. Jan was an inspiration as nurse, as an instructor and as a person. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.

Cindy Cummings

June 26, 2020

Janet always made me laugh!! I can’t tell you how many times we would go shopping and just pick up some silly piece of clothing or crazy shoes and start laughing. When we worked together at FCCJ we always taught class together and once I stuck my hand with a needle while showing safe needle techniques!! It was Jan who said to the class, “Ms Sorensen there is blood running down your arm, guess that is what not to do!” Lol
I will really miss her!!

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