Stan and Jan Berenstain (often called The Berenstains) were American writers and illustrators best known for creating the children's book series the Berenstain Bears. Stanley 'Stan' Berenstain (September 29, 1923 November 26, 2005) was born and raised in a neighborhood of west Philadelphia and died of cancer in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. Janice 'Jan' Berenstain (ne Grant; July 26, 1923--February 24, 2012) was born in Philadelphia and was raised in west Philadelphia and attended Radnor High School. They met on their first day of class at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1941 and married five years later, on April 13, 1946. On February 24, 2012, Jan died in the hospital one day after suffering a stroke, without regaining consciousness, her son Mike said. They had one other son, Leo.
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