Janet Marie Westman Hrutfiord was born on October 22, 1938 to Margaret and Eythor Westman in Bellingham, WA. She passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Stafholt Good Samaritan Center, in Blaine WA after a valiant 8 ½ year fight with Cancer. Jan lived in Bellingham, WA, attended Birchwood Elementary where she met some of her lifelong friends. At the age of 10, the family moved to their family farm in Blaine. Jan attended Whatcom Jr High School, Blaine High School and Cottey College in Missouri. Returning to Bellingham to finish her degree in elementary education at WWU. She married Bjorn Hrutfiord. They lived in Seattle where they had 4 sons and adopted her nephew after her sister Yvonne's death. Jan taught elementary school for several years. She loved music, singing and playing the piano and organ. Jan was involved in P.E.O. Sisterhood for over 50 years. Jan wrote may articles for the Northern Light Newspaper. She was proud of her Icelandic heritage and was involved with the Icelandic community in Blaine. She was deeply involved in many community services. Jan was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Bjorn, her parents, , her brother Gary and sister Yvonne, and son Bradly (wife Dianna). She is survived by her sons Brian (wife Shannon), David (wife Kari), Steven (wife Rachel), Kurt Thomas and nephew Eythor Westman. She was blessed with 9 grandchildren, Melissa, Cassandra, Jeffery, Conner, Svenna, Bjorn, Bella, Resa and Oskar. She will be buried in a private service at Blaine Cemetery on Wednesday, January 6 at 11 am. A public memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine on Friday January 8th at 4 pm.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 2, 2016