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LAPE-BERTANI, Janet (Vogelsang) Born June 15, 1935, our beautiful mother passed from this life on September 17. 2017 due to complications from a stroke. Raised in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, she attended Marquette University before marrying Howard Lape and returning to the Cincinnati area, where they reigned as local Charleston champions. For many years, she lived in Westport and Washington, Connecticut, where she was a member of local garden clubs and played tennis, her tall stature making her a formidable opponent at the net. After her marriage ended in divorce, she moved to Tempe, Arizona where she worked at Arizona State University and, for years, was the first face many clients saw at Jennings, Strouss, & Salmon. Ever gracious, enthusiastic, playful, and energetic, she made a new life for herself in the desert, continuing to play her beloved tennis and “giggle” bridge. She remarried in 1985 to Barry Bertani. She is survived by her two children, Jay Lape of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Jill Lamar of Greenville, Pennsylvania, and by a grandson, Chase Lape, of San Rafael, California. She is also survived by her sister, Carole Jo Deters (Harry) of Bettendorf, Iowa, and a beloved niece (Nancy Deters of Denver), and nephew (Rob Deters of Granite Bay, CA). A funeral mass is planned for Wednesday, September 27 at San Francisco de Asis Church in Flagstaff AZ. In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made in her honor to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org).
Published on  October 1, 2017
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