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1946 Janine 2021

Janine Margaret Dolezel

November 30, 1946 — November 30, 2021

Janine Margaret Dolezel

Born Nov 30th, 1946 - Died Nov. 30th, 2021

Janine died on her 75th Birthday, with loving friends by her side. Janine was a 4th generation Californian, born and raised in Sacramento, where she attended grammar school and high school. She became a Philosophy Major at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara Calif. (Class of 1968), before entering Stanford Law School (Class of 1971).

At Stanford, Janine served on the law review, was a charter member of the Environmental Law Society, and was Class Correspondent, writing the Class Notes until 2001. Janine worked for 25 years at the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including 14 years as Chief Counsel for the Los Angeles HUD office. She retired at the age of 50, then passionately gave her time to many volunteer activities, including President and board member of the Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles County. She enjoyed being a Docent at Descanso Gardens near Pasadena giving garden tours to adults and school children and leading a program introducing preschoolers to nature.

In 2004, when Janine moved to Poulsbo, she read children’s books for 9 years to 5 to 7 year old's at Suquamish Elementary School. The children loved Miss Janine and would greet her with glee when they spied her out shopping. Between 2008 - 2021, she was an active ​member of the Great Peninsula Conservancy's local land conservancy programs at Kitsap County, helping to preserve several thousand acres of forest and shoreline from ​urban development.

Though Janine had been living with a chronic debilitating illness since 2020, she remained spunky and upbeat and was always gracious to her friends and medical personnel.

Many thanks to the Medical Staff at the Oncology Center in Poulsbo, Washington, and the Cancer Center at St. Michael's Medical Center in Silverdale, Washington. Special thanks for the kindness and thoughtfulness of the nurses and Doctors Vishnu and Mathew on the Oncology unit.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA.

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