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.