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Janet Louise Westgard

February 1, 1942 ~ December 19, 2017 (age 75)

Janet Louise Westgard Nee Coffey , 75 of Fort Walton Beach, FL; passed away on December 19th unexpectedly at her home. Janet was born in Port Angeles, WA. to Jasper and Corrine Coffey Nee Shearer on February 1st 1942. She went to Federal Way High School and graduated in 1960. Janet worked as a paralegal prior to attending college. She graduated from Linfield College, Summa cum laude with dual majors in Psychology and Education in 1981, Janet furthered her education with Master’s degrees in both Psychology and Education and was completing her PhD in Psychology at the time of her retirement. Janet taught at Newberg High School from 1981 – 2000. She moved to Florida to fulfill a lifelong dream to live on the beach. There she met her future husband Sidney Hodgson in 2000. Janet lobbied Congress and was instrumental in the successful passage of legislation that protected children’s rights in divorce procedures. Janet was a member of a two person legal team that successfully defended the water rights of the Washington Dairy Farmers before the Supreme Court of the United States. She authored the Stock Market Game which is still widely used in education. Janet was involved fourteen years, with the Advanced Placement Testing Service, scoring tests in Advanced Placement Psychology. She was active with the Gulf Coasters and FMCA from 2010 until 2013. Janet was the President of the FQCOA Board of Directors at the time of her death. Janet is preceded in death by her first husband John Carl Winterholler and her second husband Michael Kennedy Westgard. Janet is survived by her loving husband Sidney Walter Hodgson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; sons, Robert Carl Winterholler of Salem, OR, and Michael Kennedy Westgard II, of McMinnville, OR, step-daughter Terri L. Allen of Tonasket, WA, grandchildren, Jacob Brooks Westgard and Hazel June Westgard. Janet was a firm believer in that all actions have consequences and to look for the Gift in life’s tragedies and she lived her life accordingly. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

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