Janet Marie Rohrbaugh

December 23, 1963January 15, 2013

In loving memory of Janet M. Rohrbaugh.

Janet Marie Rohrbaugh, 49, of Tualatin, Oregon, passed away on January 15, 2013. Janet was born to Richard and Miriam Rohrbaugh on December 25, 1963 in Roseburg, OR, but lived most of her life in the Portland area. She graduated from Wilson High School (1982), Lewis & Clark College (B.A. 1986) and the University of Washington (M.L.S, 1989). She was a member of the American Library Association, Oregon Library Association and spent the years since graduate school as a reference librarian in a number of Portland area libraries.

She was an active member of the Jane Austen Society and the Young Patrons Executive Council of the Portland Art Museum, and Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served on Church boards and committees.

Her great loves in life were books, classical music and opera, art, needlepoint and travel. She traveled widely in both Europe and the Middle East. Her infectious smile and optimistic outlook were enjoyed by all who knew her.

She is survived by parents, Richard and Miriam, her brother Douglas, sister-in-law Karla and nephews Brandon and Tristan. A celebration of her life will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on January 26, 2013.

Those who wish might make a contribution in Janet's name to either the "My Westminster" capital fund at Westminster Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Young's Funeral Home in Tigard. Our entire staff extends their deepest condolences to family and friends. May God's peace sustain you during this difficult time. It been an honor to serve you.


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Kelly Kirschner

January 29, 2013

I am so grateful for the friendship that I had with Janet. I'll always remember her sparkling personality, her kind heart, her cheerful outlook, and her sweet disposition. It is truly an honor to have known her.

John Aney

January 28, 2013

Dick and Miriam,

I am so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. She was a good friend to me when we were floormates my sophomore year. She was great at making me feel less trepidatious about the scary Religious Studies professor I was going to Israel with in 1986. Her door was always open, and her laugh frequently rang down the hallway.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both in this difficult time. Know that love you instilled in her in childhood spread far and wide throughout the world and the lives of many, many people.

Bonnie Warren

January 27, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Janet. We had so many great times together at Oak Lodge and in New York, the opera and just having fun together. She will be greatly missed. Definitely a bright spot in my life from knowing and working with her.

Dara Michelini

January 26, 2013

Long ago, in the quiet hours of early morning, Dick and Mirium walked with me through the gates of the old city of Jerusalem. I could feel a presence of something greater than myself, but I had no name for it. Dick told me I was feeling God in that moment, and promised me that as my life unfolded, I would connect with God deeply. He was right.
And now, I hold this family in my heart as they grieve the loss of their daughter Janet. I feel Janet's connection to God, to this vast universe, and I know her determined positive spirit will be with us forever.

Robbie Roy

January 24, 2013

Dear Miriam and Dick,
I was shocked and saddened to learn of your loss of your daughter. I recall Dick talking about Janet with much love. The more we love someone the deeper the grief when losing that person; love and grief spring from the same well. Time helps. My thoughts are with you.

Pina Cline & family

January 24, 2013

Janet was a close friend through grade school and high school. I remember her optimism, warmth of heart and genuine kindness. She had the knack of making everyone feel worthwhile and know her was to love her. Our condolences go out to her family. May you find peace in your memories of this wonderful lady.

Carrie Cowan Henry

January 24, 2013

Janet was my dear friend all thru grade school and high school. She got me thru senior accelerated english in high school teaching me about all the greats and I will miss her always!She was a true gem.

Nola Long

January 24, 2013

Janet was my mentor many times on the computer in the Religious Studies Dept when I first started working there. She was always so happy to give me advice and instrucrtions when I was in a quandry about how to do something. She was a very inspirational and friendly person and I am so happy to have known her. Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this time. Nola and Jim Long

Rae Gordon

January 23, 2013

I worked with Janet and had many great talks with her about her travels and about her family. She loved her nephews so much. I enjoyed hearing about Austen and her families place in the country. I have an early edition book I found and always meant to give her. That book is now a reminder of how fleeting life is and to grab and give it while it's there like she did. Thank you Janet for your spirit of knowledge and your passion for being involved. Bless you and your family. You were a gift each and ever day.

January 23, 2013

Miriam and Dick, I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your daughter Janet. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all through this time of sorrow.
Janet Wortman