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Sad News: Janet Cares

Posted by Joe Mulvey  
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October 29, 2011 09:01PM
Janet W. Cares

CARES, Janet W. 90, of Sudbury, died October 1, 2011 in The Overlook life care community, Charlton.

She leaves step daughter Roberta Garzia and her husband John of Foxborough; stepson Philip Cares of Northborough and his wife Carolyn; five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Her husband of 39 years, Stephen Cares, died in 2006. She was predeceased by her brother, Stephen Walkley, and her sister, Dorothy Faul.

Janet was born in Bangor, Maine, daughter of Raymond and Frances (Day) Walkley, and lived in Medford and Cambridge before moving to Sudbury in 1967. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Tufts University and her master's degree from Harvard University. She worked for many years in the sciences for MIT.

She was a member of the MIT choral society and enjoyed a trip to Germany with the society. An avid mineral collector, she and her husband traveled the USA and Canada to search for specimens. She and her husband were inducted into the Micromounters Hall of Fame in 1999. Together they discovered a number of new minerals, including Caresite, which was named after them. Janet was an avid traveler who visited Africa and China and drove to Alaska with her husband.

Funeral arrangements are private. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

She was a founding member of the Micromounters of New England along with her husband Steve.
Re: Sad News: Janet Cares
November 02, 2011 11:29PM
She really was a great person. A few years ago, she had me visit to help move some stuff preparatory to their move to a retirement community; she gave me several books as well as other stuff. Later she sent a book which she thought I might like, which I replied I had been looking for it, and liked it very much. She said at the time that her short-term memory was starting to go, and I later lost track of her, but she was a lady still as well as a great student of mineralogy. Very considerate and thoughtful. A real inspiration and example for the rest of us.
avatar Re: Sad News: Janet Cares
November 04, 2011 02:12AM
I am sorry to say I met her so late in her life, after Steve had already passed away. The respect from the MMNE members who knew her is admirable. The articles she wrote and her organization skills for the club were second to none.
Joe
Jan Walkley Faul
Re: Sad News: Janet Walkley Cares
November 09, 2011 04:26PM
I met Aunt Janet in 1950. She was my aunt and I was five years old. Through the years I remember her wonderful sense of humor, her blond hair and her love of minerals. Whenever she visited, she always brought little pieces of shiny rocks and minerals, one of which has been on my desk since 1965. I will miss her and her humorous ways of talking about her travels around the world.

She was one of the people who inspired me, as it wasn't until I was older that I understood the 'secret' side to Aunt Janet -- she didn't blow her horn so loudly that one couldn't get the details. It was the advent of the internet which allowed me to read about my Aunt discovering minerals. To imagine that somebody I knew from childhood had discovered something really impressed me. To discover anything these days is really difficult and some people had to go to the moon for their discoveries.

But not my Aunt Janet. She went all over the place, but not to the moon.

Jan Walkley Faul
November 2011
avatar Re: Sad News: Janet Cares
November 11, 2011 02:41AM
Dear Jan,
Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Joe
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