Janis Mae Hahl


Sept. 14, 2019 — Janis Mae Hahl, 77, of Florence, Ore., passed away Aug. 4, 2019, at RiverBend Hospital in Springfield, Ore., from complications of a head injury incurred during a car accident on Monday, July 29, 2019.

The cause of the accident is unknown; doctors suspect she fell asleep or possibly fainted at the wheel.

Family stayed near her side during her final days; her granddaughter was with her when she passed.

She was in good health, driving home from celebrating her 60th high school reunion, at the time of the accident.

Janis returned to Florence from Sitka, Alaska, in 2013, after her husband, Jim Hahl, passed away. Janis and Jim lived in Alaska for over 20 years.

Together, they explored the coast of the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed fresh seafood on their 25-foot sailboat. Janis worked as a manager at Mountain Miss, a rugged gear retail store, where she was known for her diligence and kindness. 

Upon returning to Oregon, Janis was greeted with the birth of her only great-grandchild. She rekindled connections with her friends and family in the area, including her two children, granddaughter, best friend and first husband.

Janis was born in Elk City, Okla., on Nov. 17, 1941. She moved with her parents, June and Daniel, along with siblings Lucille, Betty, Ruth and D.E. Hartman, first to Blythe, Calif., then to Turner, Ore.

Janis excelled at school, participated in cheer and as a member of Future Homemakers of America. She graduated from Cascade High School, where she met her first husband, Jerry Lewis.

Jerry and Janis were married for 22 years. Janis was a dedicated wife and mother, staying home with her children while Jerry traveled for work. Janis later worked with Jerry, preparing paperwork and log scales for his contract logging company.

After over 30 years of separation, Jerry moved in with Janis, and the two operated again as family.

Janis was known for keeping a comfortable home and showing compassion towards others. She was a skilled painter, seamstress and chef, with a unique knack for hospitality, gardening and organization.

She will be missed dearly, and remembered as a caring mother, grandmother and friend.

Janis was a resilient woman who maintained a loving demeanor despite the challenges she faced. She overcame Polio as a small child and was a two-time breast cancer survivor. She endured much loss, including two children — first a stillborn infant in 1962, and her eldest child, Valerie Vadakin, in November 2017; her husband, Jim Hahl, in August 2012; her best friend, Dorris Cox, in January 2019; and most recently, her eldest sister, Lucille Smith, in July 2019.

Janis is survived by her son, Brian Lewis; granddaughter Chelsea Vadakin; great-grandson, Owen Burris; her brother, Daniel Hartman; and former husband Jerry Lewis.

A memorial service will be held Oct. 19, 2019, at Driftwood Shores Resort in Florence, Ore., from 4 to 7 p.m.

For information about where to address condolences or questions about the service, please contact Chelsea at [email protected]

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