Janet Hogan Wittman died Oct. 28 in Santa Cruz, Calif., after a brief battle with brain cancer. She was 46.
Janet worked at New Leaf Community Market for the last 15 years. She was instrumental in bringing New Leaf to Felton, Calif., and was regarded as a leader in the growth of the local organic and natural products industry.
She was knowledgeable and dedicated to her work and was devoted to her customers. She was also known for her dedication to the healing arts. Janet's mastery of the Trager therapeutic bodywork technique helped many cope with painful injuries and manage stress.
"Janet was truly a natural healer who radiated sensitivity, serenity and caring," said Elaine Lipson, New Hope Natural Media's Organic Program director. "Whether at New Leaf, with friends and family or in the larger natural products and alternative medicine community, her presence was so genuine and loving that every encounter with her was a gift. She exemplified this industry's deepest values and highest aspirations."
Janet was born in Southern California and raised in Los Gatos. She attended Leigh and then Los Gatos High School, and graduated with her twin sister Anne in 1978.
She was an avid equestrian. As a young woman she traveled internationally, caring for a group of elite competition horses.
Janet is survived by her husband Thomas and their daughter Ali; her twin sister Anne and nephew Zephyr; her brother Neil, his wife Nani and their children Cory, Rebecca and Elizabeth; and her mother Lucille.
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