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February 27, 2015

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December 30, 2014
My "mean old step mother" (as she used to call herself) was anything but. I was very fortunate to have been welcomed into her great family and for so many years to have enjoyed her company--which would include, of course, numerous card games and stories. What a quick and beautiful mind and a generous, loving person. I will miss her always.
June 26, 2014
Gary and I had the honour of meeting Janet when we visited LA as part of our 25th Wedding Anniversary holiday. Jody and I met while researching our family trees on the internet and found that we had shared ancestors, so I suggested we meet up for a meal while we were in LA. Instead, they welcomed us completely into their family group and we spent a wonderful week with them. I remember meeting Janet out on their veranda, where we spent the afternoon talking about our families and looking at old photographs. It was fantastic to meet and talk with the American branch of our family tree and to hear stories from Janet about her childhood and her life. Her family are a credit to her and I know she will be greatly missed by them all. She was a wonderful woman and her legacy is carried on through her children, grandchildren and extended family. It was a pleasure to meet her and I will never forget her lovely smile. Thank you from your British cousins
June 13, 2014
As a young girl I was so fortunate to have met Vickie in the 7th grade. We were immediate friends. I remember riding my bike to the house on Deodor and met the rest of the York family. I was always so amazed at how she single handedly cared for her family. She was widowed at the time and that had a profound affect on me. I was widowed 15 years ago and more than once, while raising my kids I would think of what Mrs. York did and what a remarkable family she raised. I remember her great beauty and strength then. Years later through Vickie and Jody I was so happy to hear that she moved on in life and had wonderful times and happiness. She was actually a chaperon at my sweet sixteen party. The boys took turns playing cards with her in the kitchen so the rest of the group could see what they could try to get away with....what great memories! I will not be able to attend the memorial but I will not forget her ever. She was such a great lady. Thank you for providing the link.
June 09, 2014
Janet was a wonderful woman and will always be in my heart and mind. I was one of her caregivers while she was staying at Sunrise and though she didn't stay there as long as I hoped, I am glad I had got the chance to meet her and take care of her towards the end of her life. I remembered that she greatly enjoyed my presence and I enjoyed hers, I always looked at her as one of my grandmas and took care of her as if she was my own. I cherished every moment we had and her death came very unexpected to me. The most difficult part is that I never got to tell her good bye.

I still remember the very first day I met her, I begun to know her daily routine. she enjoyed what she did throughout the day and it was nice knowing that she was happy and very content with her life.

I still miss the little things we did together like help pick out her clothes for the next day, help getting her situated in her room, help get her hair fixed while she was doing her makeup. I enjoyed every moment we had together and I miss taking care of her and hearing stories of her life. I know that she loved all of her children and grandchildren greatly and she was always proud of each and every one of them. She will always be in my heart when I look back at the time I've spent at Sunrise Senior Living, I will always think of her and miss her.
June 09, 2014
To the friends and family of Janet Van Kessel,

I have known Janet since 1936. We met at a summer camp in Poulsbo, Washington. My sister Barbara and I went to the summer camp for three summers. We became close friends. The fourth year that Janet attended the camp, but my parents had other plans for my sister and me.

Janet and I sent each other letters frequently. Janet's parents invited me to visit several times each year during the school vacations.

When Janet married Dick, they came to Portland, Oregon to visit me several time and invited me down to LA to see their babies after each was born. When her husband died, she and her family visited me and had me come to visit them while Janet was staying nearby. I took my son and daughter with me a couple of times to meet my dearest friend Janet and her babies.

Both Janet and I attended the U. of W. at the same time. She was in the Drama department and I would get to see her when she was acting in plays. We also would chat whenever she and I ran into one another. Class work interfered with our visitings.

Through the years we have conversed by phone and through letters. She introduced me to her next husband and they visited me each year when they were in my area. We also made phone connections whenever possible.

She has remained my closest friend all these years (which total 78 years)!

I miss her so and will always remember:

When we rowed out in the lake and played her ukulele, and the seals came up and watched us as we sang.

When we went hiking through the woods and went skinny-dipping in the lake.

When we were in the outhouse and the boys were trying to see us through the knot holes.

When, on the last Friday of each month, we walked 2 miles to the town of Poulsbo to see the latest movie. Afterwards, we walked back to camp in the dark of night.

There are so many other moments, but these are especially clear in my memories.

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