Born December 1933 in Alta, to Evelyn and Al Hanson, Jan was the oldest of three siblings. She spent her formative years in Oakland, Calif. In Jan's early years she learned tennis from a neighborhood coach while becoming a ranked junior tennis player. Jan had a zest for life and a passion for the great outdoors spending many family camping trips fishing and hiking.
Jan graduated with honors from Castlemont High School in 1952. Then continued on to the University of California at Berkeley where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During her time at UC Berkeley she fell in love with Clements Edward Pausa, "Ed." Ed and Jan were married in 1955 at the Newman Hall on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Following college, Jan worked as an accountant in San Diego and Long Beach while Ed served on active duty with the Navy. Jan and Ed moved several more times in California to support Ed's career in the growing semiconductor industry. By 1959, Jan and Ed lived in Los Altos where their first son Geoffrey was born. The family then moved to Portland, Maine where their second son Ronald was born.
With Janice's sense of adventure, the family next moved to Hong Kong. Jan felt fortunate to travel all around the globe. She found the cultures interesting and exciting. In 1968, Jan's family returned to California and by 1976 the family settled into their current home in Atherton. Jan became an active member of Peninsula Volunteers which is an organization supporting local senior citizens. Jan served as Treasurer and President of Peninsula Volunteers where she was instrumental in the development of Crane Place; an award winning affordable senior housing complex in Menlo Park.
Jan was a teacher and lover of all sports; from football and baseball to golf, tennis and the Olympics. Her love of sports was handed down to her boys. Year after year she would arrange fantastic ski trips to Lake Tahoe with her family and many friends. As an avid sports fan, she could be found watching sports on TV every weekend or she would join her mother and family at the Oakland stadium watching the A's defeat the Giants or the Raiders defeating the 49ers.
She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother with tireless energy bringing excitement, love and laughter to those around her.
Jan is survived by her mother Evelyn Hanson, brother Kern Hanson, sister Aleen Hassard, husband Ed Pausa, two sons Geoff and Ron Pausa, and two grandchildren Zachary and Ashton Pausa.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 14 at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park CA 94025. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to: Stanford University Cardiovascular Institute, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Please indicate "The PARTNER Trial" in the memo section of your check.