MANHATTEN BEACH, Calif. — Janet (Rethman) Livornese, 48, went to be with the Lord Oct. 22, 2012, after a lengthy illness with multiple sclerosis. Tall and graceful, she had a generous and loving, albeit stubborn spirit. She was much loved and prayed for by scores of faithful people, many of whom never had the honor of meeting her. There were also countless others who lovingly participated and generously donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society “Team Janet” walks.
Janet was born in Coldwater and attended Anna High School, graduating as the salutatorian of her class. Her first job was as a carhop at the B-K Root Beer Stand in Sydney. She went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Later, she relocated to California, living in the Los Angeles area, where she married Don Livornese in 1990. Together they loved to travel and laugh. Janet had a fierce sense of humor and no one could make her laugh like her husband. In her healthier days, she was an avid reader, enjoyed calligraphy, needlepoint, and cross-stitch (where her favorite color purple would always show up) and was very active in her son’s school. Through it all, she maintained an unequivocal sweet tooth.
Janet is survived by her loving husband, Don, and a 17-year-old son, Grant Sullivan, who was her pride and joy. Both continue to reside in Manhatten Beach, Calif.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Rethman and Marjorie Barhorst Rethman.
She is also survived by her sisters, Linda (Mike) Miller of Kettlersville, Brenda (Steve) Gilardi of Mount Vernon, and Amy (Ray) Lund of Louisville, Ky; a brother, Don (Julie) Jackson Center. She had several nieces and nephews whom she spoiled, most noticeably when she would visit Ohio.
Private funeral services for the family and invited friends will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhatten Beach, Calif. on Nov. 3, at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent, in Janet’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California 90064. Phone 310-479-4456.
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