Janice Eileen Taylor

May 18, 1951March 1, 2014

Jan Taylor, 62, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her home in the San Jose area, not far from the home where she grew up. She was born to Neil and Janice Taylor on May 18, 1951 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jan graduated from Wolfson High School in 1969 and Duke University in 1973. She worked at Oaklawn Cemetery for 34 years, initially alongside her beloved grandmother, Leonora Taylor. Her artistic nature and attention to detail are reflected in the intricacy of the stained glass panels and the decorative tile work she created for the home her husband Wayne designed and built.

She was a competitive and enthusiastic runner for most of her life and ran in the Gate River Run many times. Jan completed nine major marathons across the country, including the 100th Boston Marathon. In recent years, she inspired and coached her beloved daughter Dana, also a marathon runner, by accompanying her at the beginning of each race and waiting near the finish line to encourage her to finish strong. Her daughter, Jenna, is perhaps the most well-known athlete of the family by her achievements in Special Olympics. In addition to Jan’s marathon training, she was an avid tennis player and won many club championships at San Jose Country Club.

Jan and Wayne taught and participated in Sunday school at Southside United Methodist Church. No matter what Jan set out to accomplish, she did it with grace, determination, and dedication. Always thinking of others, she never missed an opportunity to send birthday cards or notes of encouragement and praise. Jan is survived by her husband Wayne Perpall and daughters Jenna and Dana Perpall; her father Neil C. Taylor; her brother Mark Taylor, his wife Ginny and their daughter Alex of Jacksonville; her brother Neil, his wife Pegge and their daughters Mindy and Kirsten of Chicago; sister-in-law Carol Perpall Fortino, her husband Paul Fortino of Portland, Oregon, nephew Paul Fortino and his wife Krista of Gig Harbor, Washington, and niece Chiara and her husband Dan Chung of Chicago.

Jan fought breast cancer courageously and was suffering from liver cancer at the time of her death. She will always be remembered for her graciousness and concern for others. Jan and Wayne, along with their daughter Jenna, often volunteered at the Sulzbacher Center serving meals to the homeless. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her name to the Sulzbacher Center or to the Southside United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from five o’clock until seven o’clock in the evening on Thursday, March 6 at The Oaklawn Chapel. Memorial services will be held at ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, March 7 at Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 7, 2014

Janice Eileen Taylor

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Jeff & Debbie Eiserman and Nick Waddell

April 3, 2014

Wayne, I just heard of Jan's passing. My heart is saddened by the news. Your family has always had a special place in my heart, especially Jenna. I always enjoyed our times together at Alden Road, with Jenna always looking out for Nick and Jan and I would just smile at the two of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carol Osborne

March 25, 2014

I am so sorry about your wife. I just heard about it from a friend. Prayers are with you and your family.
Carol Osborne

March 8, 2014

Dear Wayne and family,
We are so very sad to learn about Jan's passing. It was always such a pleasure to talk to Jan and to learn about her marathons and your family. She was a brilliant, kind, and loving person to all.
Your family has always been a comfort to ours, and we wish we could be there for you.
I have the wrought iron and green marble side table that you made for my mother. It has been in my dining room since she moved out of her house six years ago. I love that it reminds me of your family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dolly(Fleet), Rod, and Laura Corlin

March 8, 2014

Wayne, I was so sorry to get this sad news. I pray that at this time, more than ever, you and your family feel God's presence, comfort, and peace.

March 7, 2014

Wayne, Charles and I are so sorry to hear of Jan's Passing. We enjoyed the times we were able to spend with Jan, Jenna and You. We will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers. Joyce and Charles ( friends of Diane and Niki.

Gary Corbitt

March 7, 2014

Jan was a fierce competitor on the roads and a tremendous human being to us all. I will dedicate my upcoming workouts to her. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you Dana, Wayne, and Jenna. We'll always have fond memories of Jan.

Clay Culp

March 7, 2014

My family lived behind the Taylors when Jan and I were teenagers. Although I had not seen Jan since high school, I was deeply saddened by the news of her passing. It seemed even stranger when I learned that we must have run together a number of times at the Gate River. She was a great kid and I'll will always remember her that way.

March 7, 2014

Wayne, I was truly sorry to learn of Jan's passing. Maureen and I offer our deepest sympathies to you, Dana, and Jenna. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Haskell and Maureen Anderson

Bruce Barringer

March 6, 2014

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Diane and Niki Crossway

March 6, 2014

To family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jan passing. Jan made such a big difference in our lives and she will be truly missed by Niki and I. I always knew I could go to her if I ever needed help and we will have an empty space in our hearts with her gone. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you and know we are here anytime it is needed as she would be for us.