STUART, Fla. — Throughout the nation, Janet Reno is being remembered as a no-nonsense, first female U.S. attorney general.
But one Martin County commissioner, Maggy Hurchalla, remembers her sister, Janny, paddling in the moonlight and playing Sardines, a sort of reverse hide and seek.
Reno, 78, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson’s disease at her family’s home west of Miami. Before serving as the country’s top law-enforcement official for eight years under President Bill Clinton, she was state attorney in Dade County for 14 years.
“She had a reputation as a hard-nosed prosecutor,” Hurchalla said. “But she was also a soft-hearted social worker who cared about people and cared about justice. Most people don’t know what a joy of life she had. She loved life and she loved Florida.”
Janet Reno, first female U.S. attorney general, dies at 78
Hurchalla’s fondest memories of her sister include the two kayaking out the St. Lucie Inlet before dawn to see sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
“My sister was a great adventurer,” Hurchalla said. “We’ve paddled on half the rivers in Florida. We’ve also gotten stuck in the mud on dirt roads and lost in the middle of nowhere several times.”