Janet Pitcher

Celebration of LIfe

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Ferndale Masonic Hall
5638 Third Ave
Ferndale, Washington, United States

Obituary of Janet Cheryl Pitcher

Janet was born April 29, 1947, in Olympia, Washington, and passed away on October 31, 2021, while receiving care at the Hospice House in Bellingham. She was preceded in death by her parents Muriel and Benjamin Ellis and her younger sister Rebecca Johnson. She is survived by her husband Gary Pitcher at the family home, her sons Stephen Pitcher of Bellingham and Brian Pitcher and his wife, Karie, along with their children Nick and Ryleigh in Blaine. Janet’s sister had one daughter, Emily Ahsoon, who resides in Oakland, California. Gary’s side of the family includes a brother-in-law Brian Pitcher of Quincy, Massachusetts, a sister-in-law Paula and her husband Hank Shegog of Olympia, and numerous others. Janet and Gary met when they were officers in their youth groups in Olympia. The Olympia Rainbow Assembly and DeMolay Chapter both met on the same evening and had many joint events. Janet graduated from North Thurston High School in 1965. She attended Centralia College for one year where Gary was in his second year. In the fall of 1966, Gary moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. After their marriage in the spring of 1967, Janet relocated to Bellingham. Janet had an interest in the medical field and had served as a volunteer at St. Peter’s hospital in Olympia. After her move to Bellingham, she worked as a Ward Secretary at St. Luke’s Hospital. Janet completed a course for Medical Assistants and later taught a class for Ward Secretaries. Janet made a career change when a position in the telephone industry was offered to her by Continental Telephone. Janet worked thru buy-outs by GTE and Verizon and in 2009 retired from the Phone Mart in Burlington. She then volunteered as a part-time receptionist at a medical clinic. Janet continued her interest in the Order of Rainbow for girls. In the early 70’s she joined Eastern Star and became an advisor for the Bellingham Assembly. She later became a Grand Deputy for Rainbow covering assemblies in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island counties for nearly 20 years. While we had no daughters of our own, her Rainbow Grand Officers were like having temporary daughters for a year. In the mid 80’s Janet and Gary became active in Eastern Star and Janet remained active until her passing. Her service in Star included being Worthy Matron and Deputy Instructor numerous times, Grand Ruth, Grand Representative to Australia, and serving on many state and local committees. She was well known for the many afghans she made as gifts and raffle items. As a result of being a chaperone for Rainbow girls, we attended the Grand Assembly of Hawaii in the mid-1980’s. While there Janet developed a love for the islands. This led to purchasing timeshares and annual trips to Kauai which we shared with a number of members of Eastern Star. Memorials can be made to the Eastern Star Worthy Grand Matron’s special projects Make-A-Wish Foundation or Service Dogs. They can be sent to the Grand Secretary, 817 South Vassault, Tacoma, WA 98465. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the Ferndale Masonic Hall, 5638 Third Ave., Ferndale, Washington. The celebration will begin at 1:30. To share your memories, please visit www.JernsFH.com
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