Janet was born Bernis Francis Repanich in Seattle in 1930 to Jack and Yerka Repanich. She grew up with her brother, Sam, and sister, Josie. She attended Holy Angels Academy where she was named salutatorian. After high school she pursued her interest in fashion design. She worked as assistant buyer for Fredrick & Nelson in Seattle, in the millinery department until she met the love of her life, Jerry Barta, at a Fourth of July picnic at Gravelly Lake, Washington. She and Jerry were married in 1956 and moved to Portland.

Jerry and Janet raised four daughters. She was active in the Reed College Faculty Wives Club, the Multnomah Athletic Club, 4-H knitting and sewing, and Holy Family Parish and School. In 1969 she returned to retail as a manager of Fabric Wholesalers. She later was a district manager for High Fashion Fabrics where she worked until she opened her own design business, My World, where she focused primary on designing wedding gowns. She designed and serviced over 1,400 weddings in her career, as well as designing dresses for the Rose Festival Court.

Janet will be greatly missed by many family and friends including daughters Joanne Barta (Don); Julie Jacobs (Doug); Joy Hunt (Gary) and Jill Rebholtz (Tom) as well as grandchildren Annie Anderson, Russell Bauerlien, Spencer Hunt, Duncan Bauerlien, Matthew, Joe and Patrick Rebholz, and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Family Church in Portland or to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital.