Jan Gosnell

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Name: Jan Gosnell
Type: fan writer, costumer
Fandoms: Beauty and the Beast
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Jan Gosnell was a gen fan and costumer whose fanfiction appeared in fanzines. Her costume efforts also won her an award at the Mediawest convention where she was a frequent volunteer and attendee. She passed in December 2013.


"We are very sorry to report that Jan Gosnell has died, following a recurrance of cancer. She was a long-time fan, and had for many years run the ‘Zine Reading Room and SF/Media Fan Fund silent auction at MediaWest*Con."[1]
"Jan Gosnell has died. She made the transition from this world to the next quietly, peacefully, and unexpectedly at 1 a.m. today. According to her wishes, there will be a cremation without a ceremony, and her ashes will be spread in favourite places. It's possible there will be a small local gathering hosted by her remaining family. If any of you want to hear more about that when I find out details, please let me know. But, I promised Jan there would be a celebration of her life at MediaWest*Con -- a blow out party. I have a budget in mind for hosting that, but know I'm not the only person who wants to honour her memory. Look for flyers at the con. And, go into the new year knowing Jan has begun her next great adventure. There may be a new star in the cosmos; or if you feel a Presence brush by you, Jan promised to keep an eye on us. Hugs to all."[2]
" Hi everyone. I'm putting together a memorial video for Jan Gosnell for MediaWestl*Con. If you have any photos of Jan you can send I'd love it. I'm taking pics till March 1st. My e-mail is: [address removed]. I can scan regular photos if you'd prefer to mail them to me along with a S.A.S.E. PM me for address. [3]
"We have lost many dear friends over the last few years and to honor them a Memorial Wall will be set up in the Con Suite. Bring copies (please copies only) of your friends /fans that have passed. Many of us remember faces rather than names. It would be nice to remember the good times that we shared with them." [4]


  1. In memoriam Mediawest Blog post dated Jan 4, 2014.
  2. In memoriam Mediawest Blog post dated Jan 4, 2014.
  3. In memoriam Mediawest Blog post dated Jan 4, 2014.
  4. In memoriam Mediawest Blog post dated Jan 4, 2014.