Janis
A loving wife, mother and friend passed away on Friday January 26, 2001. Her husband Craig Poropat and three daughters Jill Christine, Lisa Ann and Christy Lee Poropat survive her. She is also survived by her mother Gertrude May Stoops of Escondido, siblings Marsha Ann Vifquain of Phoenix, F. Riley Stoops of Huntington Beach and Charles B. Stoops of San Diego, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews who love her dearly. Janis was born on June 12, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of 1. She has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates for the past 16 years. Whether it was as Captain of the Hawthorne High School Drill team, sister of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, graduate of UCLA, principle of the family business, Edco, or mother to her daughters, she always approached life as a challenge and with a positive attitude that is 100% Janis. Visitation will be Wednesday January 31st from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at White & Day Mortuary. A Memorial service will held at 3:30 PM Thursday February 1st at St Peter's Presbyterian Church. En lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Memory of Janis Stoops Poropat to the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund, 310-791-6295, 23430 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 340, Torrance, CA 90505.

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  1. Janis- To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent person\’s and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to apprciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one\’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthly child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived- THIS IS TO HAVE SUCCEEDED. You live in all our memories as a jewel among jewels! Jacquelyn & Barry Winn

  2. I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Janis Stoops Poropat. I got to know Janis while attending Hawthorne High School. Whether it was going to the beach, drill team, or just hanging out, Janis was always a friend. I will forever cherish those four years of good times and not so good times we shared at Hawthorne HIgh. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Janis will be greatly missed by all.

  3. I knew Janis in High School. I was also a member of the Hawthorne High School Drill Team. I was a classmate of her brother Riley. I met him when we were in sixth grade. My deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Janis.

  4. To the family and loved ones of Janis – I remember her fondly in Drill Team. We never became close friends, but I\’ll always remember her with freckles and a lovely smile. God bless you all as you hang on to wonderful memories.

  5. I would like to let your family knowm that in time you all will be together again as one god bless all and your family is in my prayers A. La Mere

  6. Here is part of a message I sent to our Berkeley-Kappa sisters after seeing her notice in today\’s Beach Reporter. Some of you may remember Janis who transferred from UCLA our junior year. She was a vivacious Southern California blonde who graced our 2328 Piedmont manor for a year or so. From time to time we would bump into each other at the gym and at PV-Kappa alumni meetings. I have been inactive for a number of years yet I do remember Janis chairing one of the major fundraisers while confronting the early stages of breast cancer. She was a posterchild for grace under pressure. Rest in peace, Janis.

  7. I havn\’t seen Janis since high school, her memorial on this sight is how I remember her, bright, cheery, and positive. God bless your family

  8. Janis will be truely missed by so many that she touched throughout her shortened life . She would light up a room when she entered with that great big smile and twinkle in her eyes.

  9. She will be in my heart and I\’m sure toasted to by many at our reunion in August.She is one that surely will be missed…rest in peace,Janis. Susie

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