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Community - April 2, 2014

Obituary: Jane Ciochetti

Jane E. Ciochetti, a resident of Portola Valley since 1963, died Feb. 25 at age 84.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Ms. Ciochetti attended the University of Arizona, drawn to that region by the sunshine and love of horseback riding, according to her family. It was at college that she met her future husband, Tom Ciochetti, whom she married after her graduation. The couple lived in Nevada, where Tom was serving in the U.S. Air Force, and later lived in Dallas and Southern California before settling 51 years ago in Portola Valley.

Ms. Ciochetti soon became involved in her new community, joining the Newcomers' Club, and participating in the Saturday night barbecues sponsored by the Ladera Recreation District, her family said. She also joined the Nine-Hole Ladies group at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.

A love of adventure led her to summer school in college at the University of Hawaii, and a summer stay in Mexico with friends, her family said. She later traveled extensively with her sister, Evey Harrison, and her daughter, Robin Willard.

Ms. Ciochetti's death was due to complications of Alzeheimer's disease. In a prepared obituary notice, her son, Tom Ciochetti, wrote: "Although she eventually started forgetting names and faces, she never lost her cheerful attitude and sense of humor. When she couldn't find a word or finish a sentence, she would laugh, often making a joke. She passed away peacefully, leaving us with a smile and the memory of a life enjoyed."

Ms. Ciochetti was preceded in death by her husband and by a daughter, Julie Seagraves. She is survived by her children Tom and Robin, and by five grandchildren.

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