Janet Chalgren Hoag, age 93, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she had resided for 40 years.
Janet Johanna Chalgren was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 26, 1924, to Edward Arnold Chalgren and Anna Catherine Eckström Chalgren, and was raised there in a community-minded immigrant Swedish-American urban home and childhood – filled with music. Janet Chalgren attended the University of Minnesota, earning an undergraduate degree in Education, while also working at an early Minneapolis television station. Post-World War II California drew Janet to immediately begin her dedicated teaching career and new life, in the sunny beach towns of Southern California.
Janet Chalgren and John Bannatyne Hoag III met in Southern California and were married in 1951 in Santa Barbara, California. They moved shortly thereafter to Pensacola (where they began their family) and to Coral Gables, Florida, for a total of 10 years. The family moved to Hermosa Beach, California in 1961, driving cross-country in a VW Camper Van; moving to Newport Beach a year later. The family resided in Newport Beach, California, for 16 years, where, as an Elementary School Teacher, Janet was recognized as Teacher of The Year for the neighboring Huntington Beach School District.
Janet was a loving wife and a caring parent to two children, John B. Hoag IV (of Colorado Springs) and Janet “Lisa” Leslie Hoag (Mieritz) (of Colorado Springs; now deceased). Janet was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband (deceased 1988); by her three siblings: Edward Gustaf Arnold Chalgren, Jr., Eleanor Anna Chalgren Lutz and Ione Ruth Chalgren Martin (formerly of Colorado Springs); by her mother-in-law, Marion Rhoads Sullivan; sister-in-law, Joanne Hoag Brennan; and brother-in-law, John “Jack” Brennan. Janet’s son-in-law, Patrick William Mieritz, lives in Colorado Springs, as does her grandson, Daniel Gustave Mieritz. Janet’s two granddaughters, Marina Kato Hoag and Emily Anna Mieritz Heyne, both live out-of-state.
Family and friends will remember Janet for her admirable determination, professionalism, clever mind, friendly manner, sparkling eyes, wry humor and ready smile. Janet lived a remarkable and productive 93 years of diligence and happiness in both her family and professional worlds.
A local private memorial open house will be held in Colorado Springs on Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2017. A final memorial service is being planned for the Winter of 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please contact Shrine Of Remembrance for further details for the memorial open house or service.
Janet has supported educational, civic and environmental causes throughout her entire life. Her final memorials may be made in her name, Janet Chalgren Hoag, with the family requesting notification including the donor’s contact information. The family prefers donations to these four organizations (no ranking): 350.org (350.org), The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF.org), The Nature Conservancy (Nature.org) or Project Drawdown (Drawdown.org).
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