Janet Marie Padilla
(1948 - 2008)

Janet Marie Padilla
Nickname: Jan

Ohio, United States of America
March 26, 1948

California, United States of America
December 16, 2008

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This site is dedicated to Jan Padilla. Jan had a heart attack at the office Tuesday, December 16, 2008 and she did not survive. Her friends are stunned and shocked. We are mourning her loss. It seems impossible that such a bright star has gone dim.

Jan was a mother, a mentor, a soft shoulder, a teacher, a nudge, and a bright ray of sunshine. She would greet most everyone with "Hi Gorgeous" and her jokes, sarcasm and laughter brightened our days.

Her technical skills were brilliant. She could code up a complicated program in mere hours. Replacing her as an employee will be incredibly difficult. Replacing her friendship and love will be impossible.

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Dearest Mom,

All of my life I did my best to walk in your footsteps and follow the wonderful examples you set for me. I couldn't think of a better role model than you, and I admired you my whole life. Now even in death I am finding out more about how you touched the lives of all those you met.

Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of life.. to make the world a better place than when you found it. You did that to your very last breath and your influence still lives on in those you left behind, especially me.

You will live on in our memories and our hearts until we meet again.

Debby (your last baby!)
September 20th, 2011
Jan and I worked together as Technical programmers at Wells Fargo. We have some coding standards that we insist on as we deploy SAS programs into our environment. Some weeks I felt stronger about enforcing the standards, and other weeks Jan was the bossy one. We have to convince our colleagues that superfluous or superstitious code needed to be removed from programs, for example.

We started making a joke about who was going to be the "Good Cop" and who was going to be the "Bad Cop", enforcing these standards, when going to meetings with our colleagues. We thought one of us could be a softy and the other one a hard-a&s so we wouldn't steam-roller people.

I had to laugh this week when Eddie Wong, one of these folks we work with said, "we could never figure out who the Good Cop was "!
Claire Castell (friend / boss)
January 9th, 2009
When I first met Jan in 1997 she was working as a contractor in Vancouver,B.C., Canada. By Christmas that year she was done with that contract and decided to make a home cooked meal for the holidays. Her kids insisted that she make "sancocho" a Dominican treat that they had enjoyed many times through their childhoods. She probably hadn't made it in years. Jan and I went to the Mission District in San Francisco and bought the tubers, roots, and spices she needed for the dish.
Unfortunately she had lost her cooking "chops" due to not being home and mostly eating out around the world on an expense account. The sancocho was pretty disgusting but we joked about it forever after. She decided to stay in the Bay Area with me and her cooking
became truly amazing; stemming from her way with "jazz" cooking.
William McAleer (Domestic Partner/Soulmate)
January 9th, 2009
My friendship with Jan spanned over 15 years, and everytime I had a meal with her, and there were many because we had lunch together 5 days a week at ADP, Jan spilled something on her chest. It was always a giggle for us, and so fun to see Jan's blushed cheeks, especially in front of a table full of male co-workers.

I remember Jan dating some horrible frogs before she met her prince.. so her expectations when she had her first date with William were not too high. They went out to dinner, its been too long and I can't remember where.. but they did have rice. Well, wouldn't you know it, Jan dropped a kernel of rice on her chest. William reached across the table and took that rice, and put it in his mouth, without missing a beat in the conversation. It was just so natural.. Jan knew at that moment she found her soul mate.
Patti Finney (Friend)
January 2nd, 2009
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"Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of life.. to make the world a better place than when you found it. You did that to your very last breath. You will live on in our memories and our hearts until we meet again."
Debby -
September 20th, 2011
"You lived life to the fullest and what more is there than that? Love you always."
Duane Padilla
February 12th, 2010
"In memory of Jan. We missed you!"
Linda Qian
December 17th, 2009
"Update-Jan's doing great in the other place. She came back and gave Debby a hug on 3-26-2009 (Jan's Birthday)the same day Deb's offer on her first house was accepted. Jan always wanted her to own a home. Love, William"
April 23rd, 2009
"God rest your soul. The Ferreira Family"
Joyce Ferreira
January 16th, 2009
"In loving memory of Jan, our son's mother-in-law. We wished we could of gotten to know you better and shared time with our grandson."
Jane and Norman Hudson
January 14th, 2009
"In memory of Jan."
Anatoly Rozen
January 13th, 2009
"Jan...Whenever I think of you I can't help but to smile. You had a gift of making other people feel special. thank you..."
Ernest Pineda
January 12th, 2009
"To my dear SASy mentor: Jolly Ardent Nifty Passionate Amiable Delightful Intelligent Loving Lively Awesome You will be missed!"
Maggie Chang
January 8th, 2009
"Jan, thanks for the friendship, the laughter, the dog escapades, and so very much more. It's a much quieter place without you."
Janet Wise
January 6th, 2009


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