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Janet Egri

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Janet Marie Kuska Macy Egri, 78, formerly of Taos passed away on October 14, 2014. Female broadcast pioneer and long-time women's rights advocate, Janet spent her formative years in Omaha, Nebraska. The only daughter of Val and Marie Kuska, Janet graduated from the University of Nebraska's College of Agriculture in 1957. Her first job was as an extension specialist in radio and television home economics instructor at Kansas State. From there, Janet continued her career in radio and television at the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. Janet's broadcast career spanned several decades and multiple continents. In addition to hundreds of U.S. radio and television appearances, Janet traveled to Russia with her brother Richard in 1994 through Winrock International to share agricultural information to rural women and farm families via the only independent radio station primarily devoted to women at the time: Radio Nadezhda (Radio Hope.) She married Taos artist Ted Egri in 2005 and remained active in the Taos arts community even after his death in 2010. Janet was also preceded in death by her brothers Richard Val Kuska and Calvin John Kuska. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Marcia Kuska and Fran Kuska, nephew Bradley Kuska, and four nieces who still benefit from her efforts in women's rights: Carolyn Kuska, Ann Kuska Derr, Nancy Kuska Clark and Mary Kuska Knight.

A gathering for family and close friends will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM at Taos Center for the Arts.

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Name Janet Egri
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Date of Death October 14th, 2014
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Rivera Family Funeral Home
Location 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
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Renee Desoucy published condolence .

Just watched a Locamotion documentary she was fantastic in!! Very beautiful woman. RIP Janet Kuska.

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Donald & Deborah Wilson published condolence .

Janet was a lovely woman whom we came to know later in her life. We invited her to our wedding in December 2011, and she looked just great, fur hat and all. She told us it was really lots of fun for her. She needed that in her life. Knowing her brought much joy to us, too. She can be happy with Ted now.

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Carol Leipzig published condolence .

Neil and I spent many good times with Janet when we lived in Charles City, Iowa. Janet spent several Christmases at our home. She atended a few of our annual Minneapolis Christmas weekends and was always a breath of fresh air with her proactive and current views to stimulate the conversation. Her smile was infectious. Charles City AAUW hosted her for a meeting on her equality for women in the radio industry and discrimination issues she (and others) experienced. She was a devoted advocate for women's rights and advancement of women in their careers. Deepest sympathy to each of you.

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Elizabeth Crittendenpalacios published condolence .

We are sorry that such a wonderful spark of life has moved on to other worlds. Our condolences to the family. If we can assist in any way please feel free to call us.

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