Janet (Konle) Lunderville (1921 - 2018)

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Janet (Konle) Lunderville was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 17, 1921 to Charles and Mary (Amthor) Konle, and passed away Thursday July 26th, 2018 in Port Angeles at age 96.

She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brothers, Bernard and Bertrand, sister, Irene Norton, daughter, Kathryn, granddaughter, Renee Lunderville and great grandson, John Lunderville. Her sister, Mildred Konle, age 101, is still living. The youngest of 5 children, Janet was lovingly call "Babe". Coming from a musical family, Janet attended dances with her parents. By 6 or 7 years of age she had learned to square dance, polka, schottische and waltz.

Janet was educated in Michigan. She graduated from Catholic Central High School, received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Thomas Aquinas College, and her teaching credentials from the University of Detroit.

In 1946 she came to Port Angeles and taught first grade at Lincoln School for the 1946-1947 school year. That same year Janet met Leland Lunderville, part owner in C Street Grocery and Gas Station, while buying groceries. Janet and Lee found they both enjoyed dancing. They married on June 10, 1947 in Queen of Angels Church in Port Angeles. During their 71 years of marriage the 'country boy' and 'city girl' were blessed with six children; Thomas (Diane), Terry Ann (Jeff) Norberg, Jon (Kathy), Margaret Baker, Kathryn (deceased), and Ronald (Erica). They have 15 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

In 1954 they purchased 40 acres on O'Brien Road. Janet lived there until her final days. The home she and Lee created was the central place where the neighborhood kids gathered. Cinnamon toast and hot chocolate were served to the neighborhood children after rides on the toboggan in winter or hay wagon in summer. She was a Den Mother, made adorable homemade birthday cakes, sewed school and square dance clothes and prom dresses. As her children grew, Janet and Lee added on to their house a large living room with a wood floor for neighborhood teen-age dance parties.

Janet's passion was teaching children to read. During the summer she read to the neighborhood kids. She would read a chapter or two and the children would beg for more. Janet's reply was, "That is for tomorrow." She taught Sunday School at Queen of Angels while her children were growing up. She also taught kindergarten in her home for daughter, Kathy, and the 5 year-olds in the neighborhood. Hired by Mrs. Helen Haller, Janet taught school in Sequim from 1962 to 1983. Mrs. Haller told Janet that she could teach in the manner that best fit her style. Janet taught phonics. Her motto was, "If you can read, you can learn to do anything." She bestowed the gift of reading to numerous children who had found reading difficult. To this day, her own children sometimes cross paths with a former student of hers who say, "Your mother is Mrs. Lunderville! She taught me to read! She is known as a 'legend" among the elementary school teachers in Sequim.

She hand-painted Christmas ornaments for each grandchild every year and beautiful boxes for their High School graduation.

Janet and Lee traveled throughout the US and into Canada. After retirement they were snowbirds for 30 years, living in Yuma during the winter months.

Janet's devotion to her faith was undeniable. She lived her faith daily. Her prayers were answered when Lee became a Catholic and received communion. Throughout their blessed marriage they enjoyed a bounty of loving friends who filled their lives with laughter, jokes and smiles.

Janet had 'a quiet dignity strong enough to command respect, and soft enough to invite understanding and friendship'.

The Rosary and Funeral Mass was held at Queen of Angels Church on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Father Dennis Robb officiated. Burial Committal was at Ocean View Cemetery, Port Angeles. Funeral arrangements were through Linde-Price.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the wonderful and dedicated doctors, nurses and aides at Olympic Medical Center, Discovery Memory Care, Volunteer Hospice and Mike Perry.

Memorial donations may be made to Queen of Angels School, Discovery Memory Care, or Volunteer Hospice.
Funeral Home
Linde Price Funeral Service
170 W Sequim Bay Rd
SEQUIM, WA 98382
(360) 683-1649
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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