Janet (Amerman) Cogger

Janet (Amerman) Cogger

Janet Ruth Cogger (Amerman)

Vergennes, VT

Janet Ruth Cogger, 59, passed away peacefully with her loving husband by her side on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, VT, after her hard-fought battle with cancer.  She was born June 16, 1962 in Morristown, NJ, the daughter of George “Boody” and Ruth (Smith) Amerman. Janet grew up in Morristown and Flanders, NJ, where she graduated from Mount Olive High School in 1980. She married her husband, Jeff, on May 18, 1985. They later relocated to Vergennes, Vermont 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 life-long 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, October 15th at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th 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 or to watch the video of the service, please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com and locate the link at the bottom of the obituary.

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Rose Wenzel
2 years ago

Dear Jeff, Stephane,Corrine,and Kelli there are no words that can be said for the way we feel about the loss of Janet. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Janet will be deeply missed. Love you all Ralph and Rose Wenzel

Karen Quigley
2 years ago

My heart aches for all of you. I wish I had known her beyond Facebook. Sending you all much love and strength during this difficult time.

Ginger Epstein
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss. For many years I would start my day with coffee on my front porch and exchange a friendly “good morning neighbor “ with Janet. Many fond memories of sharing birthdays and summer water games with Janet, Jeff and kids.

Diane Deininger
2 years ago

Judie and family,
So very sorry for your loss. You in my thoughts and prayers.

Norman and Carole LaVigne
2 years ago

Jeff, Stephanie, Corinne and Kelli: We are so sorry for your loss. Janet was a very special person. She left her mark with so many people. Her grandchildren will never forget her. I loved to see the pictures of her with Kiera and Benny making memories. She was a joy to you all. We feel your pain. Much love to you all. Carole and Norm LaVigne

Ester Clark
2 years ago

Rest in peace my sweet friend,I will always hold fond memories of our childhood close to my heart

Anne Posegate
2 years ago


james f cutler
2 years ago

So sorry to read about Janet —- I knew her Mother and Father quite well —– Was in the drum and bugle corp — The Morristown Colonials — with Booty and I also worked at the Town of Morristown —– My Condolences and God Bless ———— Babe Cutler

Jason Bosworth
2 years ago

Love you and your wonderful family, Janet. Thank you for all the good memories.

Maddie Russett
2 years ago


Thank you for always being so warm and kind and friendly. I have fond memories of you from when I was in school, and even fonder memories as an adult when our paths were lucky enough to cross. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to my mom and for sharing so many laughs and good times with her and the ladies from “book club”. I loved when I was lucky enough to get an invite to one of those fun nights!

Thinking of your family, especially, during this difficult time in their lives <3


Beth Ekroos
2 years ago

Dear Jeff and family,
I so remember Janet as a beautiful sole with a zest for life. She was loved by her colleagues as well as her kids. They are lucky to have her in Heaven. She is missed.
Beth Ekroos

Brown Mcclay Funeral Homes