Sex: Female. Birth: 6 Dec 1928 in Augusta, Wisconsin Death: 6 Jul 1997 in Roswell, New Mexico
Family: Husband: Warren Zercher Wade 1922 - 1998. Children:LIVING. LIVING. Marriage: 6 Jun 1949 Chicago, Illinois. Parents: Husband: John Duane Rich 1905 - 1986.
Wife: Joyce L Wilson 1912 - 1974.
Janet Irene Wade was named Jeanette at birth to teenage parents (it was her parents desire to name all of their children with variants of 'John'). Her parents separated soon after she was born, and she spent an unhappy childhood with foster parents or relatives. She returned to live with her father after he remarried, but left home as soon as possible and took up waitressing in Chicago, Illinois. She always hated the name Jeanette and changed it to Janet as soon as she was a legal adult.
There she met Warren Wade, whom she married in 1949. With the birth of their first child she became a full-time housewife. The family moved from one rented house to another every six months or so in the first years of their marriage. Then Warren took a job in Livermore, which provided what they were looking for - their own house, steady employment, and a quiet rural environment for raising the kids.
In this prototypical suburban world of the 1950's Janet raised the kids, cleaned the house, had coffee with the neighbour wives. Evenings out for high balls and dancing came only a few times a year. Camping trips with other families with kids or journeys to Disneyland occupied the holidays. For a while she took up bowling and became quite a high scorer in the local league.
Janet was dogged with poor health her entire life, resulting in several surgeries. In 1966, while demonstrating a head stand to her younger son, she fractured a neck vertebrae. This led to the remainder of her life being limited by nearly constant pain and repeated surgeries and tests.
She worked again briefly after the kids had moved out, as receptionist for a surgeon. But this did not last for long, and her time was spent at home, reading, watching television, and playing with a succession of poodles and other small dogs.