Lita Jans passed away June 19, 2013 of triple negative breast cancer. She was married to Steve Neuberger for 32 years and is the mother of Jesse Muir and Madeline Jans-Neuberger. Lita was the daughter of Jim and Barbara Jans; sister to Phil Jans; the mother-in-law of Kimberley Muir and the grandmother of Atticus Muir.

A psychologist who did clinical work and award-winning disability-related research, Lita lived in San Francisco, Calif. and Ashland, Ore. for the past nine years. She loved dancing, gardening, and speaking Spanish, was on the board of Dancing People Company and organized Las Damas Brilliantes.