Janet Ruth (Amerman) Cogger, 59, of Vergennes


VERGENNES — Janet Ruth Cogger, 59, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, Vt., after her hard-fought battle with cancer.

She was born June 16, 1962, in Morristown, N.J., the daughter of George “Boody” and Ruth (Smith) Amerman. Janet grew up in Morristown and Flanders, N.J., where she graduated from Mount Olive High School in 1980. She married her husband, Jeff, on May 18, 1985. They later relocated to Vergennes, Vt., in 1989 where she would reside for the rest of her life.

Janet enjoyed a 27-year career at Vergennes Union Elementary School. She absolutely loved working with all “her kids,” many of whom she remained in touch with. Her time spent at VUES would also lead her to cherish the sisterhood of peers that she worked with, leading to lifelong friendships amongst them. She loved all of her friends very deeply.

She was well known in the community for always having an open door and an ear to listen whenever someone wanted to stop by to talk. Many people have fond memories of visiting with her on the porch. Her sense of humor and fun-loving spirit will be missed.

Janet is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jeff Cogger; her three daughters, Stephanie Cogger (Mike), Corinne Cogger (Alex), and Kelli Hammond (Brandon); and her four grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Hailey Cauchon, Levi Cogger, and Kiera and Bennett Hammond. She is also survived by her four sisters, Susan Mariconda (Joe), Helen Amerman Teed (Tom), Judie Forsythe (Bobby) and Kelli Dolan (Kevin), as well as many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly. She also leaves behind many, many close friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ruth (Smith) Amerman and her father, George “Boody” Amerman,

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Masks will be required during both services regardless of vaccination status. Attendees are encouraged to wear a touch of yellow, as it was her favorite color.

To send online condolences to her family please visit For those who cannot attend, a link to a video of the service is at the bottom of the obituary.◊

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