Janet (Doerfler) Altman

Janet Altman
Date Of Birth: 11/01/1967
Date of Death: 12/30/2021

Janet Kathryn Doerfler Altman died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Janet was 54 years old.

Janet was preceded in death by her son Aaron Altman, who died in 2014 at the age of 20.

Janet is survived by her husband, Jason Altman, son Zachary Altman and wife Zoe, daughter Lauren Altman and partner Charlie Walton, parents John and Sally Doerfler, sister Jill Shoen and husband Scott, brother Mark Doerfler and wife Kary, sister Elizabeth Leighton and husband Robert, niece Alexis Doerfler, nephew Ryan Doerfler, nephew Calen Shoen, and niece Taylor Doerfler.

Janet was born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1967 in Portland, Oregon to Sally Arnold Doerfler and John G. Doerfler. Her birthday always seemed apt for a woman who was gentle and kind to everyone. Janet attended Lincoln High School, where she was a talented student and award-winning runner on the track team. She completed her education at the University of Portland, graduating with honors.

In 1991 Janet married Jason Altman and together they had three children. Janet was a full-time mother who loved her family completely. She was a devoted Christian and with love and example brought her husband to know and love Jesus Christ.

With her Christian faith as her guide, Janet raised her children in a peaceful, active home. They traveled together often. She managed the hot lunch program at her children’s school, Pilgrim Lutheran, and she and her husband taught Sunday School at Beaverton Foursquare Church.

With a heart for people, Janet worked as a caregiver for those with dementia and served as a Eucharistic Minister to patients at Good Samaritan Hospital for St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Janet was no stranger to sorrow. The death of her beloved son, Aaron, in 2014 truly overwhelmed her. Despite her trials, Janet enjoyed being with those she loved and hosted many family gatherings. We know she now rests peacefully in the loving arms of Jesus and Aaron. We miss her with all our hearts.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Oswego OR.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:

Janet Altman Memorial Fund
Pilgrim Lutheran School
5650 SW Hall Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Link to Janet Altman Memorial Fund


Altman Memorial Scholarship Fund
George Fox University
Office of Advancement
414 N. Meridian St., #6256
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Link to Altman Memorial Scholarship Fund

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  1. Cathy Berlant says:

    Jason and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Your mother and I and your uncle were friends in high school and your grandmother and grandfather were very close friends of my parents. My heart goes out to you and your family, Our sincere condolences, Cathy and Mel Berlant (maiden name was Subotnick).

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