Willow Glen resident Janet F. Samo, teacher, high school counselor and therapist, passed on March 7, 2014, at the age of 77.
Janet was born in Fairfield, Calif., to Louie Samo and Oliva Semas. She graduated from Armijo High School and San Jose State; received her master’s in psychology and MFC license from Santa Clara University.
Janet taught in the Fremont Union High School district for more than 30 years. Her colleagues and friends remember her as a devoted counselor who had a special place in her heart for the struggling student and a compassionate, kind, and giving nature.
Janet was an avid golfer and tennis player, winning trophies for her talents. She loved the art of kite flying and studied acrylic painting, producing a small collection of her own. Janet also enjoyed many hours of riding free on her red scooter.
Janet was a member of the volunteer CHP in San Jose up until her passing and enjoyed spending time supporting community organizations as well as being a member of her homeowners association.
Janet’s favorite place of respite was Vasona Park in Los Gatos, where she spent many afternoons walking in peace or sitting with a friend. Her poem “Vasona Park” is included in the forthcoming anthology “Song of Los Gatos,” to be released in April 2014.
Janet leaves behind her partner, Parthenia M. Hicks; her sisters and brother-in-law, Pati and Jim Norris and Carol Marin; nieces, Nicole Norris and Laurie Cross; nephews, Mark, Mike and Tom Marin; cousins, Kathy Samo, Bob Samo and Carolyn Taylor; as well as her beloved Burmese cat Shiloh Rose.
A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 11, 2014, at Vasona Park in Los Gatos, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, Calif. 94303.