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Janet Gloria Freeman
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1951
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 2005
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

United Teacher, Sep 2005

Overland Avenue lost a beloved friend and teacher when Janet Freeman died on April 11 after a long struggle with cancer. Janet was a model for everyone in her dedication to her students, whose emotional wellbeing was just as important to her as their academic progress. Her ove for animals and her commitment to their welfare inspired hundreds of students during the 20 years she taught at Overland.

anet was equally dedicated to promoting the professional health of each teacher, serving as our longtime UTLA representative. She could skillfully analyze any situation, and she willingly spent hours working to find effective ways to successfully mediate conflicts between the faculty and administration.

Janet's quick wit and facility with accents made her a fun friend, but her compassion for children and animals made her a best friend.
She is survived by her mother, Gloria, and her brothers, Bruce and Richard, and their families. Janet requested no memorial service and asked that any donations be sent to Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Freeman, Janet

anet was born in 1951 in Los Angeles, the beloved daughter of Judge and Mrs. Marvin Freeman, and died peacefully April 11, 2005 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center of cancer. Janet graduated from Palisades High School and attended Matin Calme School in Switzerland and the American College in Paris where she met several of her lifelong friends. She traveled extensively in Europe before returning to Los Angeles and graduating from UCLA with a degree in French Literature, and continued traveling throughout the world her entire life. After receiving her teaching credentials she taught elementary school for 20 years at Overland Avenue School in West Los Angeles. She also taught after school classes in French to Overland students. Janet "Miss Freeman" was greatly beloved by her students and fellow teachers. She was deeply committed to animal causes - "a mother to all animals," and was involved in several animal charities. Janet is survived by her companion John Lennon of Santa Monica, mother Gloria Freeman of Pasadena; brother Bruce Freeman and wife Gail, Christine 16, Scott 19, Lisa 29, and great niece Abigail 2 of Oak Park; brother Richard Freeman and wife Nancy, Mark 8 and Jack 11 of Los Angeles; aunt Yvonne Courtenaye Brown of San Diego and cousin Stephanie Freeman of Santa Barbara; and aunt Bonnie Neil and cousins Michael, Gary, and James of Florida. She will be greatly missed by her cherished family, friends, colleagues and former students whose lives were touched by her extraordinary love and humanity, especially toward children and animals. In deference to Janet's wishes, there will be no memorial service, and a private interment at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers she requested that donations be made to Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or online at

Published in the Los Angeles Times on 4/17/2005 
Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Heritage Files
Record added: Sep 27, 2007
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