There's a new name written down in glory! Janet (Dykstra) Beld was born July 19, 1938 and with the exception of a few years, lived on the East Wiser Lake Road in Lynden her entire life. She met her future husband, Leo Beld on the 4th of July at the Sumas Fireworks Show and the sparks have been flying ever since. They were married on Friday the 13th of October 1961 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. Janet was diagnosed with cancer in 1986. She went on to lead a full life and lived for the weddings of all 5 of her children and the births of her 22 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Janet's earthly body finally succumbed to cancer and she had the privilege of meeting her Savior on March 21, 2013. She is survived by her husband Leo and their five children, Todd (Michele) Beld, Charmae (Ken) Scheffer, Grant (Shelly) Beld, Julie (Jeff) Anderson and Brittani (Joel) Nunnikhoven; her 22 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Janet was the daughter of Catherine (Matter) and Oscar Dykstra; the sister of Pete (Jo) Dykstra, Greta (Chuck) Lulkovich, Glen Huleatt, Kathy (Henry) Vandermeulen and Helen (Dwight) Dykes; and the sister-in-law of Johanna (Julian) Broersma, Morris (Irene) Beld, Gladys (Gary) VanDiest, Clarence (Dixie) Beld, Margaret (Jerry) Jacobs, Don (Rikki) Beld, Carol (Lewis) Stremler, and Viriginia (Bill) Stephan. A dedicated wife and mother; Janet also loved going to lunch with her sisters and never wanted to miss coffee with her coffee friends each Monday and Thursday morning. She also loved having her children and their families home for Sunday lunch after church. Janet enjoyed going camping with family and friends and has maintained many, many friendships from her early school years all the way until her death. She was very involved at New Life Fellowship Church, where she was a member for 34 years. Her final resting place will again be on the East Wiser Lake Road in Greenwood Cemetery which borders the farm she grew-up on and where she and her cousins played as children. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, March 26, 1:00 pm in Greenwood Cemetery on the E. Wiser Lake Rd. followed by a 2:00 pm memorial service at New Life Fellowship Church, 800 E. Pole Rd., Lynden. Janet's family suggests memorials to: Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, WA 98225. You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 24, 2013