Janet Elizabeth Dorsett, age 90, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at The Meridian. She was born on April 16, 1925 to Ralph and Carrie Rausch and spent her early years in Cleveland, Ohio. She had a happy childhood and grew up with a love of horses and all animals, as well as a passion for reading and learning that continued throughout her life. Sadly, she lost her mother, Carrie, when she was 16 years old. Her father eventually remarried and she was fortunate to acquire a wonderful step mother, Margaret.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Jan came to Galveston to work and met and married, Franklin Dorsett, Jr. While she started her career in commercial editing for radio and television, her passion was education. In 1958, they moved to Ohio. She started her teaching career in Toledo. When they returned to the Island in 1965, Jan worked at Ball High School and was part of GISD in positions of teacher, counselor, and administrator through the years. Her years in the school brought her many lasting friendships. Throughout the past 40 years, she often ran into people who would tell stories of how they remembered her in school and often how she helped them. She was well loved by many.
Jan was a long time member of Grace Episcopal Church and served many roles there, including editor of the Bell Tower for many years. Her church family was very important to her. After retirement she enjoyed traveling. She also enjoyed attending many OLLI programs and appreciated the work of Michelle Sierpina to provide continuing education and stimulation for seniors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Peggy Rausch, and her husband.
Jan has left a wonderful legacy with a loving, growing family. Her family includes her two daughters and their families; Caroline Pate and husband Charlie of Galveston and Peggy Harkins and husband Tracy of Crockett. Also, son Frank Dorsett and wife Helene of Lakeland, FL. Starting with only three, her family has grown to include grandkids, Joe Carranza and wife Misty, Alicia Rogers and husband Tony, and Victoria Reyes and husband Ricky, all of League City, Jesse Carranza and wife Nicole of Rockwall, Tommy Hayes and wife Jennifer of Houston, Teresa Burger and husband Robert of Arlington, Chris Myers and husband Chuck of Toledo, OH, and Frank Dorsett IV of Swanton, OH. Jan is also leaving behind many wonderful great grandchildren.
Jan also left behind honorary family friends, Curtis and Mary Bob Kosub, Bill Watson, Ella Anderson, Barbara Clark, and Sandy McReynolds, among others. Also dear to her were the many friends that she made during the years that she resided at the Meridian. She will be missed by all, especially her loving feline companion, Lilly Belle.
A memorial service and celebration of Jan’s life will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church, 36th and Ave L, with the Rev. Meredith Holt officiating, beginning at 11 am. A reception will follow at Jinkins Hall hosted by the Grace Church.
Jan always thought of others and loved animals, so she asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Grace Church Foundation for Camp Allen Scholarships or to the Galveston Island Humane Society.