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Janet Lee (Whittaker) Cutter

September 11, 1945 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Janet Cutter Obituary

Janet Lee Cutter was born on September 11, 1945, in Oakland, California. She led a fulfilled and beautiful life, brimming with love, cherished friendships, exciting adventures, and, above all, the  warmth of family. Growing up in Stockton, California alongside her twin sister, Joan Whittaker, Janet was the beloved daughter of James and Carol Whittaker. Janet's youthful curiosity and love for adventure, coupled with a passion for teaching, were evident early on and remained steadfast throughout her life. In high school, she met the love of her life, Dennis Cutter, who would later become an Army veteran and finance executive. Their love blossomed and culminated in a joyous marriage on her birthday in 1966. Together, they nurtured a beautiful family, embracing the love of two children and later seven grandchildren, whom they adored and spoiled endlessly.

A graduate of Sacramento State University, Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential. As an educator, she imparted the value of education to her children and grandchildren, leaving an indelible mark on their lives. Janet was a beacon of friendship, easily forming deep connections with neighbors and communities wherever she went, including her friends at the Odd Fellows Lodge. She cherished these bonds, whether formed during Brownie troop meetings, neighborhood gatherings, church events, or simple get-togethers over wine and appetizers. Janet always had a supply of peanut M&M’s and cashews on hand, ready to snack on and share with others — a small reflection of her generous and caring nature. Her enduring spirit was evident, and she was blessed with beautiful hair, often surprising people when they found out she never colored it. She remained a symbol of grace and resilience to all that knew her. Above all else, Janet’s magnetic personality and subtle humor endeared her to all she encountered, leaving an unforgettable legacy of love and laughter in her wake.

In her 78 years, Janet embraced life. She was a strong woman, and despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her early adulthood, she remained resilient, refusing to be defined by her condition or letting it slow her down. She went on to travel the world, and shared those adventures with her family. She attended every high school and college graduation, cheered on family at sporting events, took her grandkids on vacations, supported her son in his Ironman races, and hosted Christmases, Thanksgivings, and Easters at their home. Janet attended her grandchildren’s weddings, supported them through school, and never missed her grandchildren’s dance recitals or performances. Nothing slowed her down, and she always showed up.

Janet Lee Cutter was all in for each and every one of her family members and friends. She was truly special. Her unwavering support, her laughter, her loving nature, and her vibrant personality will forever echo in the hearts of those she held dear.

In her 78 years, Janet displayed exceptional strength, battling through every hurdle with immense determination. On October 6, 2023, in Roseville, CA, surrounded by her family, God peacefully called her home, where she rejoined her beloved husband of 48 years, Dennis, who had preceded her in death in 2014, and her loving parents, Carol and Jim Whittaker.

Janet is survived by her children, Jeffrey M. Cutter (Diane Cutter) of Roseville, CA, and Christy L. Riggs (Jim Riggs) of Acworth, GA, as well as her grandchildren, Kayla (Riggs) Arriola (Carter Arriola), Morgan (Cutter) Mariano (Bryen Mariano), Owen Cutter, Karly (Riggs) Godbee (Christian Godbee), Gavin Cutter, Rachel Riggs, and Mitchell Riggs. She also leaves behind her beloved identical twin sister, Joan Whittaker, nieces Tiffany Whittaker and Dana Miller, and great-niece Sydney Fulgencio, and great-nephews Xander Fulgencio and Indy Jones.

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Graveside Service
October 23, 2023

10:15 AM
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA 95632


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