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Beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend, Janet Clayton Felletter (57) was taken peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, September
7, 2023, surrounded by family and friends in Tampa, Florida.
She was born on April 29, 1966, in Belle Glade, Florida, the third of four daughters of the late Joe Edward Clayton and Myrtle Biggs Clayton. A beautiful, blue-eyed, curly-haired blonde child, a young Janet was precious and outgoing—charming friends and strangers alike. In a large family that thrived on knowledge and learning, Janet found her own unique way to shine. She found it in academics and excelled in the classroom and competitive state and national academic competitions.
After graduating as Valedictorian from Glades Day School, Class of 1984, she went on to receive both her BS and MBA from the University of Florida (Warrington School of Business, 1994). At UF, she met and married the love of her life, Walter Felletter, a fellow Gator from a military family. Following their September 12, 1987, marriage, she followed him to Böblingen, Germany for his three-year overseas tour in the U.S. Army. The couple returned to UF where both completed their graduate degrees. Janet began her 25+-year career with IBM, first in Charlotte, NC, then Boca Raton and finally settling in Tampa, Florida. With her financial information systems background and extremely analytic mind, she quickly rose in management and responsibility at IBM,
at one time managing over 300 people across several continents. She traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, on IBM’s behalf and served in many functional capacities including finance, cost accounting, pricing, audit, channel & sales marketing, incentive planning, and acquisition integration and sales. Janet was extremely proud to have served
on the IBM Corporate Service Corps Team volunteering in Romania and the Smarter Cities Challenge Team in Denver.
Personally, Janet loved to read and participated in a local book club. She also was an avid college football fan, especially her Florida Gators, she and Walt remaining Gator Boosters and season ticket holders since they graduated. She also loved the beach, traveling and the Tampa Bay Lightning, but most of all she loved anything that had to do with her children, John Clayton Felletter and Sarah Marie Felletter. When her children were young, her life revolved around their school, church, and sports activities. In June of this year, Samantha Faingold married John and joined the family. Sharing her family’s deep faith, Janet attended local church services and stayed in touch with her childhood Community Methodist Church.
While her days were kept busy with work, her heart was kept full by her love for her husband, her beloved children, her parents, her sisters, and her extended family (both by birth and by marriage). By any measure, Janet’s life was a life well lived.
Janet Clayton Felletter was preceded in death by her mother “Mert,” her sister Sharon, her grandparents Virgil and Mable Biggs, D.T. and Ruby Clayton, father-in-law, Vincent Felletter, and other beloved family members. Her father, Joe E. Clayton, died within hours of his daughter.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 36 years, Walter; children John Felletter (Samantha) and Sarah Felletter of Tampa, FL; sisters Judy Clayton Sanchez (Julio) of Belle Glade, FL, and Carol Clayton Saviak (Joe) of St. Augustine, FL; nephews Conor Felletter of Boulder, CO, Matt Sanchez (Lois) of Plantation, FL, Nick Sanchez (Karmen) of Fort Worth, TX, Jeffrey Skube (Kaylin) of Tampa, FL; niece Clare Felletter of Los Angeles, CA; and great-nephews Antonio Sanchez and Alberto Sanchez, of Fort Worth, TX and great-nieces, Violet Sanchez of Plantation, FL, Marilyn and Victoria Skube of Tampa, FL; mother-in-law, Judith Felletter of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law, brother-in-law, Vincent Felletter (Leigh), of Grand Junction, CO; Katherine Skube (Edward) of Tampa, FL; She also leaves behind first cousins Mark Baker, Julie Hausherr Caruth, Bernard Hausherr, Jr, Alan Eastham, Clayton Eastham, Dorothy Musial, Elizabeth Geletei, Kathryn Haynes, and numerous other cousins, relatives, and good friends.
A viewing will take place at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in Carrollwood, Florida from 3 P.M.-7 P.M. on Friday, September 15, 2023.
A Celebration of her Life will take place at Keystone United Methodist Church in Odessa, Florida. Services will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, September 16, 2023. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Keystone United Methodist Church food pantry (non-perishable food or monetary donations).