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Janet Harley

Janet A. Harley died July 12 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 62.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Mrs. Harley was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., to Bernie and Phyllis Kroeppelin. She attended McGeorge School of Law, Temple University, and San Jose State University. She married Thomas Minch on June 10, 1967. She married David Harley on Sept. 18, 2004.



Mrs. Harley worked as a family law attorney and mediator in Nevada City since 1980. She was co-founder and chair of the Nevada County Collaborative Divorce Practice Group and a member of the Nevada County Bar Association and California School Boards Association.

Mrs. Harley danced with enthusiasm, if not grace, loved her family and where she lived, believed passionately in the value of education, represented her clients as extensions of herself, drew beautifully, and never heard a joke she could successfully retell. She’ll be profoundly missed.




Mrs. Harley is survived by her husband, David Harley of Nevada City; mother, Phyllis Kroeppelin of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Carmen Minch of Alameda; stepson, daughter and grandchildren Alan, Melanie, Briana, Parker and Katie Harley of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter, son-in-law and grandsons Alli, Byron, Rob and Tim Turner of Grass Valley; stepdaughter, son and grandson Kris, Wes and Sam Shadow of Bountiful, Utah; her outlaws Elva Minch and Mary and Lee Shilman; niece and nephew, Michael and Molly Shilman, and many, many friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Bernie Kroeppelin.

Memorial donations may be made to Cancer Aid.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.


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