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SVALBE, Janis Ilgvairs
SVALBE, Janis Ilgvairs Born Nov. 26, 1930, in Valtaiki, Latvia. Passed away March 7, 2013, in Lancaster, Calif. He lived in Latvia from 1930 to 1944, Czechoslovakia and Germany from 1945 to 1949. He has lived in the Antelope Valley for 60 years, working at Edwards Air Force Base as a civilian employee working at Federal Aviation Admin (Engineering Technician). He enjoyed woodworking, golf, cooking, refurbishing furniture and catering. He received a National recognition from FAA Headquarters in Washington D.C. for most efficient facility. Janis was a loving husband and father who devoted his life to his wife of 56 years and his family. He loved providing for them, cooking for them and refurbishing their homes. If he wasnt working in his wood shop or on the golf course, you would find him in the kitchen or watching golf on TV. He was a modest man who didnt ask or seek recognition, but rather took satisfaction in others enjoyment and appreciation. When he came to America, after escaping communism, he fell in love with the freedoms and opportunities he found here and was proud to call himself an American and to serve for his new country. His many talents and skills included cabin- etry, carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, machinery and welding. If he didnt know how to do or repair something, he would keep trying until he figured it out. Survived by his wife Charlagne Svalbe, son John (Bernice) Svalbe of Palmdale, Calif., daughters Sharri (Barry) Crane of Palmdale, Calif., Trina (Mark) Hartmann of Palmdale, Calif., grandchildren Justin Crane and Lauren Crane. Also survived by his sister Mirdza Cinis of New York, and sister-in-law Solveiga Svalbe of Virginia. Preceded in death by his parents Edvard and Trina Svalbe and brother Verners Svalbe. A Special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Antelope Valley Hospital who cared for and comforted Janis in his last days. Dr. A. Kumar, Dr. Dandamudi and Dr. Antebi. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., with Services beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, March, 15, 2013, at Joshua Memorial park & Mortuary, Lancaster. He will be dearly missed by his wife, family and all those whose lives he touched and blessed.

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