Janice Lorraine Perc, 77, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at her home in Medford. She grew up in Richmond, Calif. where her parents owned the Round Up restaurant, well known for its great German cuisine.
Janice and her first husband, Eric Gibian, settled in Novato, Calif. where they raised four children. They purchased the Novato Baskin-Robbins 31 Ice Cream store in 1966. Janice was Novato's "ice cream lady" for 33 years.
In 1982, Janice met her second husband, Miroslav "Miro" Perc on a blind date at a ballroom dance place. It was love at first sight, and they married September 25, 1983. After Miro received his U.S. citizenship they began to travel extensively, starting with a trip to Miro's home town of Bled in Slovenia. They traveled throughout America and Europe and also made trips to New Zealand. In 2000, Janice sold her ice cream store, and she and Miro moved up to Medford. Janice spent time accompanying her husband fly fishing on the Rogue River. She had fun with her girlfriends swimming at the Y, playing Bunco, and doing activities with the local Red Hat Society. She also delivered food for Meals on Wheels in Medford. Janice was a fun and caring person who loved her husband, her family, her friends, and life! She will be remembered most for her positive, upbeat attitude.
Janice is survived by her four children, Nancy Riley and Julie Schindler, both of San Jose, Calif., Scott Gibian, of Lincoln, Calif., and Susan Arthur, of Waimete, New Zealand; and nine grandchildren, Chris and Garry Riley, Alexandra and Stephanie Schindler, Ashley and Zack Gibian, and Kylie, Aidan, and Daniel Arthur.
A fund has been established in honor of Janice. Donations from this fund will be distributed by her four children to the charities Janice loved. If you wish to donate, please address a check to the "Janice L. Perc Donation Fund" and send it to her residence. A celebration of Janice's life will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in her Medford home.