Longtime Juneau resident Janet Elvene (Tanner) League, 59, died Wednesday, July 26, 2005 in Juneau due to long-term medical conditions.
She was born Dec. 16, 1945 in a home on the beach just south of the Douglas Bridge. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1964. She served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from 1967 to 1969. She married William "Bill" League of Makaha, Hawaii in 1970.
She returned with her husband to reside in Juneau in 1976, where they purchased Tanner's Service Center, which remains in operation to this day. She was a master lace maker and skilled in many of the fiber arts. She learned philosophy from all aspects of her life, including math. She attended Sheldon Jackson College and Brigham Young University and received an associate's degree from the University of Alaska Southeast in 1995.
Her family wrote, "Janet loved her family, her faith in God and mankind. She loved to learn and share her knowledge. Throughout her illness, she was always cheerful and concerned about others. Her influence and love has been felt by many over the years and will continue to bless the lives of those who have known her."
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Sherman Tanner, Evelyn Joy Pitman Tanner, Hazel Luella Reisewitz; brother, John; sisters, Mary and Erna LaRae; and one grandson.
She is survived by her husband, Bill League; their children - Genji and Mia League of Juneau and their two children; Maraiya and Robert Gentili of Cottage Grove, Ore., and their three children; and Trevor and Malinda League of Juneau and their two children - and sisters, Joy Bearman and Lori Stark, both of Washington; Judy Gibson and Marion Tanner, both of Juneau; Nina Tanner of Utah; Dawn Pendlebury of British Columbia, Canada; and Lizette Hoffenreich and Rayda Renshaw, both of Idaho.
A viewing will be held from 3-3:45 p.m. July 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5100 Glacier Highway. The funeral service will directly follow at 4 p.m. at the church.