Jan passed away at home embraced by loved ones on November 15th, 2019. Jan was born in Portland, OR to the late Arline & Jack Zidell on October 28th, 1952.
Her family resided in Tacoma, WA, where she graduated from Wilson High School and subsequently Western Washington University. After teaching in Australia, Jan enjoyed a 40-year teaching career in Bethel School district. Jan was a devoted single mother and beloved friend to all who were fortunate enough to meet her. She was a unique individual whose genuine kindness, concern and love for her fellow human being was unwavering. Jan enjoyed running, reading, gardening, attending the theater and watching football games. She developed a passion for democratic campaigning and advocating for social justice, equality and education.
Jan is survived by her son Dr. Aaron Dahl, his wife Iliana, their daughter Penny; her sister Peggy Zidell-Harvey and her husband Wayne Harvey; her nieces Amy, Jessica and Dorit, and nephew Adam; her stepmother Raquel Zidell. Her brother Jed preceded her in death.
A funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 20th, at 11:00 am at Ahavai Shalom Cemetery located at 9323 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97219. A gathering will follow at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland. There will also be a memorial service for Jan in Gig Harbor, date TBD. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Jan Dahl Memorial Scholarship at any Key Bank.
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