Memorial to Jan Dorer

At 4:30 today, April 6, 2010 my loving wife, Jan, peacefully passed on. She finally is at peace from the dastardly Alzheimer Disease. Bob, Cyndy, and I were by her side. Shelly (our wonderful caregiver), Hailey (her 8 year old angel of a daughter), and Beth (our warm hearted nurse from Hospice) were so kind and gentle as they guided us through this journey. Her passing was amazingly ethereal. Jan chose the time to pass as our dear friends Arlene Riba and Dave Busfield stopped by to check on her. Almost no one has such a supported parting.

We have had such a wonderful journey. What a rich life with Jan doing what she loved most in life. She was so creative and honest in her art. We get at least two or three emails a week from people saying how much Jan’s art has enriched their lives. What a reward to be so acknowledged.

I am so proud to have been able to care for her at home and keep her out of a nursing home. It was a struggle, but not difficult, for her twinkle remained throughout. Shelly got a kick out of Jan’s humor. She would tell me when Jan said, “get rid of that guy in the other room.”
We loved Jan and did our best and giggled with her.

A few years ago Jan and I decided to donate our bodies to the U. of Michigan Medical School. Hopefully her gift may help medical science in the future.

There will be a visitation at the Staffen Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 N,. Main St Chelsea, Mi. 48118 734 475 1444 on Sunday, April 11, 1:00 to 3:00. Jan did not like being singled out even for an award. The visitation will be a celebration of her life in keeping with her wishes.

Sincerely, Gil, Cyndy and Bob.

We are thankful that Dad let go of the reigns a little and “has allowed” us to share a few thoughts.
Dad does not want flowers or donations. If you need to do something, please, please, help keep our dad out of trouble (take him out for a beer, road trip to gizzard city, phone calls late at night, golf (only if you think 7 is par) ). Our Mom was such a special person. We are so proud of the impact that she has had on the art world.

Cyndy and Bob


Jan’s website is: DorerStudio.com


We were across the aisle in Ann Arbor for many years. We have missed Jan and Gil not being there. Occasionally we crossed paths at other shows.

We are so sorry to hear that Jan has moved to the higher plane.

Walt & Ruth Pinkus


Janice Elaine Bovay Dorer, 76, of Chelsea, Michigan peacefully passed away April 6, 2010. Janice was born December 13, 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan, and is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Mildred Bovay. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gil Dorer; her daughter Cynthia Dorer of Woodstock, Ga; her son Robert(Sally) Dorer of Minneapolis Mn; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Jenna; her brother in law, Gary,of Sedona, Arizona; many nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of wonderful friends.

It was during the loving embrace of her husband, Gil, and her two children, Cyndy and Bob that she passed from this earth. The moment will always be etched in their memory. Shelly, our wonderful caregiver, Hailey (her 8 year old angel of a daughter), and Beth (our warm hearted nurse from Hospice) were present as she passed from this world. The Hospice people were so kind and gentle as they guided us through this journey. Her passing was amazingly ethereal. Jan chose the time to pass as our dear friends Arlene Riba and Dave Busfield stopped by to check on her. Finally she is at peace and rid of that dastardly Alzheimer disease.

Jan was a special gifted person. She had a love for people, especially children. They would flock to her knowing her gentle kindness was there to warm them. Another gift was to her children, Cyndy and Bob. She was always there to the best of her ability and loved them unconditionally.

Jan was an artist. Not just an artist but one who was given the ability to touch people with her paintings. Hundreds of her paintings hang in homes throughout this country and others. It was her gift to the world. She was amazingly creative and able to speak to those with the ability to see the message. The message was always kind and gentle. Few are so rewarded to hear how much they have enriched the lives to those able the see her message through art. It is a personal gift to be able to create and also a gift to receive it. Many letters arrive expressing the joy received from her art. One letter says, “I have a depression problem. Every morning the first thing I do is view each of your seven paintings. They make me smile and help with the new day.” Another, “Every New Years Eve we, husband and wife, have a glass of wine together and think of all the wonderful things that have happened to us in the previous year. We want you to know the joy your paintings have given us and how much we love the time we have spent with the two of you. Please know you are special in our hearts.” There are many more such heartfelt letters in her collection. Many have commented on how humble she was saying, “She has no idea of how good or successful an artist she is”. What a reward to be so acknowledged during one’s lifetime.

Gil is so proud to have been able to care for her and keep her here in the comfort of their home. It was a struggle but not difficult, for her twinkle remained throughout. Jan’s decline was a period of sorrow and joy for her humor did not leave. .

A few years ago Jan and Gil decided to donate their bodies to the U. of M Medical School. Hopefully her gift may help medical science in the future. It is her last gift to humanity.

There will be a visitation at the Staffen Mitchell funeral Home, 9021 N. Main St. Chelsea, Mi. 48118. 734 475 1444 on Sunday, April 11, 1:00 to 3:00. Jan did not like being singled out even for an award. The visitation will be a celebration of her life in keeping with her wishes.

 


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