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OBITUARY

Janellen "Jane" Sachs Radoff

January 14, 1940July 21, 2020

Jane Radoff’s life was as colorful as the blended bright hues that were the trademark of her many cultured interior designs at the Wynn gaming properties over the last four decades.

A hippie of the 1960s, a Girl Friday for entertainer Johnny Carson in the 1970s and a world traveler both before and after her retirement in 2008, Radoff faced her tasks and journeys with a confidence and spirit that bolstered her brilliant talent. “I called her a one-off,” said Elaine Wynn, co-founder of Wynn Resorts. “Janie was so unique in so many ways. She had a presence of a gifted artist combined with a driving force of nature. Wild colors of a rainbow permeated her entire being.” Janellen Radoff, described in 2016 by Barbara Tabach, of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, as having a “sophisticated eye and creative energy (whose designs) have anonymously touched most all who have walked through many of the Strip casinos and hotels,” died Tuesday of cancer. She was 80. Services for the 45-year Las Vegas resident will be 10:45 a.m. Sunday at King David Memorial chapel. The private services, officiated by Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, will be webcast on dignitymemorial.com. King David Memorial is handling the arrangements. “Jane was intensely loyal, supportive and considerate — an honest friend,” said Roger Thomas, a longtime business associate who began working with Radoff in 1976, a year after she moved to Las Vegas. “She was a colorist who could mix hue, tone and intensity like no one else I ever knew. It was a born talent — you just can’t teach someone that.” Radoff’s work includes the Venetian glass mosaic tiles in the Wynn’s Atrium, the carpeting throughout the resort and the design of the Terrace Pointe Café, including selection of the terra cotta and fuchsia colors of the drapes. “Mom was just so brilliant and creative — smart as a whip — from her days as a guitar-playing hippie to her retirement years with her dog-walking club and ukulele club,” said Radoff’s second of three daughters, Robin Traficanti of Las Vegas. “She also kept her mind alert with her jewelry designing, watercolor painting and felting (an ancient form of textile art). Mom truly was a woman of many talents.” Born Janellen Sachs on Jan, 14, 1940, in Pittsburgh, to Adelaide, a local radio and TV host, and Meyer Sachs, a real estate entrepreneur, Radoff graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture. She was married to William “Bill” Radoff, longtime purchasing director for Caesars Palace. He preceded her in death in 2004. In 1980, Radoff rejoined Thomas, now the retired executive vice president of design for Wynn Resorts, where, together they did innovative interiors for Steve Wynn’s early megaresorts, the Mirage and Bellagio, before moving on with the Wynns to similar positions at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Prominent in the Jewish community, Radoff and her late husband were one-time members of Temple Beth Sholom, where they were involved in charitable work. In addition to her daughter Robin, Radoff is survived by her eldest daughter Laurie Day and her youngest daughter Allison Hart, both of Las Vegas; four grandchildren, Chelsea, Braeden, Ian and Elijah; and a sister, Nan Solow and her husband, Donald.

(This obituary was originally published on 7/24/2020 by the Las Vegas Sun and permission was granted to publish it on this website)

  • FAMILY

  • Meyer Sachs, Father (deceased)
  • Adelaide Sachs (Lasner), Mother (deceased)
  • William Radoff, Husband (deceased)
  • Laurie Radoff Day, Daughter
  • Allison Hart, Daughter
  • Robin Traficanti, Daughter
  • Chelsea, Braeden, Ian, and Eli, Grandchildren

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Services

  • Live-Streamed Video Tribute

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Live-Streamed Memorial Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

Memories

Janellen "Jane" Sachs Radoff

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Tamara VanVranken

July 26, 2020

It is difficult to summarize the brilliance and honesty of her colorful character until you hear the stories. I was honored to be but a small part in our friendship over the years. In the early 80's we "shared" her daughter Allison as my young Clara double in Nevada Dance Theater's Nutcracker. In 1991 she hosted a baby shower for me . I still have the wonderful blanket she knitted for me. Fast forward, she entrusted me to keep her moving in Pilates. We attended home concerts and Gypsy Jazz concerts together. She loyally attended our annual Christmas Parties bringing her Ukelele. David my husband tuned her first Pineapple Uke for her. Laurie, Robin, Allison, Nan friends and family, we can reflect those colors while she paints the heavens !

Nann Hegmann Cooke

July 26, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Jane's entire family. With her passing out lens to life is more subdued and cloudy, but I can always choose to put a little Radoff in my view as a remembrance of Jane's life and her thrill for color, texture and hue. Being in her presence was so much fun and so full of excitement. We giggled like school girls while waiting in line to take the Duck Tour of Pittsburgh at our 60th WT reunion, the view of the city from Mt. Washington at night never disappoints and ours was a spectacularly clear night. A few years ago when I visited with Jane in LV, is when I truly realized her talents with color, hue and texture. Wynn blew out my brain, not from what she said about it, but from what I saw, an explosion of light and color in space.
This WAS Jane.
Laurie, Robin and Allison, remember the fun and silly times as they are the reflection pools that will be the essence of your wonderful mom.

Clarice Rathers

July 26, 2020

Jane ,
Thank you for being apart of my life .. you will always be in my heart ..
You were a wonderful support And friend thru out my career in Nevada Dance Theater / Nevada Ballet Theater
As well as My client when I started teaching Pilates
Speaking of Pilates ..the times we had together when I would come to your House To do privates ....we would do Pilates and laugh half the time .
Then send me home with food (LOL.)
Also so Being so welcoming to my Husband and I into that warm , loving ,
colorful , artistic house ...
Sending Prayers and Love to Family ..

Always in my heart And greatful
Clarice

Joannie Fusella

July 26, 2020

Jane

My first memory of you is of us picking grout colors together at WDD offices at the DI. As a young designer I gleaned so much from just watching how you came up with your creative decisions. My funniest memory is my first day "training" at WDD. We were in a what came to be a usual 5 PM meeting, and you and Roger were hysterically bantering back and forth about some design idea. After feeling like I was watching a tennis match because my head was going from side to side with a comment from Roger and then a rebuttal from you and vice versa, I eventually leaned over to the person training me and said "Should we leave?" and she replied "Oh no they do this all the time." :-)

I admired you deeply Jane and will miss your presence in the design community. I was just one of so many privileged to have worked so closely with you and treasure many more memories that I have with you in them. Our loss it truly heaven's gain, but I know you are shining and designing there just as you did here on Earth.

With much love,

Joannie Fusella

Nikki Jones

July 26, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Janellen's passing. We were co-workers for many many years at Wynn Design. Janie was always easy to work with and a very inventive designer as well as creating beautiful jewelry in her spare time. We also shared in creating the Las Vegas Chapter of NEWH. Janie was the first President and I followed as the second. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Nikki Jones

Beth Marx

July 26, 2020

I met Janie in 2018 when she found me on the internet as a fellow feltmaker. She flew to Long Beach, CA to take a private felting workshop from me where she made the most beautiful black and red vest. We hit it off instantly and the lesson was more like two long time friends getting together instead of new student and instructor. Janie was a joy and we kept in touch mainly via email. She popped into my head the other morning and I decided to send her an email when I saw that she has passed away. I was so saddened. What an amazing talented women with a wonderful spirit. She will be missed.

Karina Ashworth

July 26, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Janie’s family, I will miss Janie’s colorful spirit and her always kind words of support. I was fortunate for the better part of my career to witness her many talents. I will cherish the memories of our many trips to find the perfect bespoke artifacts for our projects and the hours we spent installing them.
Thank you Janie for your many years of friendship.
Love Karina

Ann McGinley

July 26, 2020

Janie, you have gone too early, my friend! We were just beginning to know each other well. There was so much more to come. What I knew was amazing: your power, love of life, love of your family, and your artistic talent. Every time I look at Roonie, I will remember you and how you loved her, and I will try to love her as you did. Rest well, my friend, for a life well-lived.

Harriet Feldman

July 26, 2020

so many memories...meeting at age 12 as classmates at Winchester-Thurston...summer camp in Canada...a six-week art tour in Europe between our junior and senior years at college when we spent the last two weeks on our own (you can imagine the adventures we had)...sharing an apartment in NYC after college when Janie got a great job designing for Restaurant Associates when she met Bill...seeing her when she came East...my visit to LV after Bill died...but most of all, I remember a multi-talented, funny, loyal and sentimental friend.
With love to Laurie, Robin and Allison and her entire family,
Harriet

Le Roy Graham

July 26, 2020

Janie was a good friend and neighbor of mine. For 16 years we talked, laughed and cried together. We talked about mysticisms, the world in general, politics and wacky things that make you laugh .

At her house or mine, she, my wife and I always had a good time together. Being in her company meant it would be a pleasant experience because she was always thinking positive. I never heard her say anything negative about anything or anyone.

Janie looked at the world as a fun place to be and did her part to make it a fun place.

She was very open minded and her outreach to see the best in people was special. I believe her view was live and let live, but be happy doing it.

Her artistic background was wide ranging and complex. I asked her one day what was going on in her head because of her eclectic interest in art (jewelry making, felting, knitting, etc.) We agreed on it being organized chaos.

Numerous times she held gatherings at her home and everyone, everytime felt comfortable and welcome.

I will truly miss Janie. She was one of a kind.

In closing I will tell everyone who didn't know that her favorite color was red. If you didn't know that you didn't know her.

Bye Janie

FROM THE FAMILY

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