Janet Gaffney Curasi, 80, of Newberry, passed away peacefully at her home on August 19, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. Janet grew up as the youngest of three sisters in Long Island, New York. She became a flight attendant on Eastern Airlines in 1954 which led her to Miami, Fl. There, she met and married Anthony Curasi and raised two children, Paul and Lori in Hialeah. She followed her children to Gainesville in 1980 and spent the next 32 years devoted to them and everything related to UF and Gator sports. Her two sisters moved to Newberry with her in 1989 where they lived side by side. Janet spent 17 years as an Administrative Assistant in the University of Florida Medical School and took great pride in her career and the reputation for excellence that she earned while there. She retired in 1997 and enjoyed her remaining years vacationing and celebrating special occasions with her children and extended family.
Preceding her in death are her two sisters, Florence Fraser and Edna Gaffney. She is survived by children Paul A. Curasi (Donna) of Orlando, and Lori A. Stephan of Newberry , grandchildren Jessica Curasi, Nicholas Curasi, Lindsay Stephan, and John Stephan.
Her family will celebrate her life in a private ceremony in Ponce Inlet, where Janet enjoyed time with her family over the last few years reflecting on a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.