Janet Ross “Jan” (Tenhundfeld) Traeger passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, March 18, 2022. She was 76 years old.
Jan delighted in all people, especially her family. She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Geoffrey (Rebecca) and Christopher (Kacey); grandchildren, John Morgan (Sarah), Blake, Jackson, Caroline, Hudson, and Logan; siblings, Cathy Seward, Mark Tenhundfeld (Lynda). Al Tenhundfeld (Linda); and brothers-in-law, Joe Howard and Jack (Ann) and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Wade). She has an abundance of nieces and nephews, whom she adored greatly. Jan was predeceased by her parents, Albert Tenhundfeld and Margaret T. West, and her sister, Lynn Howard.
Born in Mobile, on October 20, 1945, Jan attended McGill Toolen High School with her siblings. In 1967, she received her B.S. in Business from Mt. Saint Joseph’s College in Cincinnati, where she also met her husband of 54 years, Richard. Together, they raised their family in New Jersey before moving back to Alabama in 2005.
Her most precious gift was her ability to make every person she met—and she never met a stranger—feel loved, valued, and heard. Her generosity knew no bounds, and she never failed to brighten people’s days with compliments, kind words and helpful gestures. She truly loved her neighbors as herself and treated everyone as the precious gift she believed them to be.
Jan relished nature and all living things, so her garden and home were always filled with fresh blooms, found treasures, and joy. She also had a strong passion for sports, especially when her sons or grandchildren were playing. She was an avid fan of Auburn, Ole Miss and the New York Yankees—or when her favorites weren’t playing, whichever team was the underdog. Mardi Gras held a special place in her heart. Her eyes would light up at the sight of parade floats and she loved dancing along to the marching bands.
We will celebrate her remarkable life at a service at Christ the King Catholic Church, 711 College Avenue in Daphne, AL at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 25, 2022. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Kindred at Home Foundation (Thank you, Tara and Elizabeth!) at https://kindredhospice.com/ or the Association for Frontal Temporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.