Janet Louise Pisk

November 2, 1942 – December 6, 2017


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Janet Louise Pisk

My mother Janet was born in Seattle, WA, to Phillip and Lucille (Foy) Oakley, in 1942. As a child she enjoyed many summers on her grandparent’s farm in Blaine with her younger siblings, twins Karen and Dale.

On 5 January 1962, she married Peter Thomas Pisk, and in 1964 (I) their daughter Ronda, was  born. ‘Jan’ and ‘Pete’ were married nearly 49 years. Dad passed away 1/1/11. She missed him greatly, and had saved every anniversary and birthday card they’d exchanged – a tender testament to their close relationship.

One of Janet’s early jobs was for Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in. Later, she worked in print shops, first for the University of Washington, and later in Bellevue, WA. She worked several years for the City of Bellevue in Information Services, for which she was named Employee of the Year in 1990. She and Pete retired together in 1996.

Janet and Pete, (and other family members) loved taking driving trips, whether just for one day, or longer explorations to other states. They enjoyed eating out, and poking into various antique shops along the way. Jan also looked forward to trips with her friends to the Oregon Jamboree, to Reno and Vegas, Hawai’i, and many other destinations as well.

All her life, Janet had a deep love of horses and dogs. Her appaloosa horse, Ferro, was among her favorites, as was her rescue horse, Amuretta, (see photo). (I remember fondly our dogs, Snipper, a beagle/cocker spaniel mix, German Shepherd Sharona, and Frodo, a beautiful bear-like Australian Shepherd. Frodo always had the last ‘woof’ in an argument.)

The last two years of her life she lived at Brookdale Montclair Park Senior Living in Poulsbo, WA, closer to her family. Janet is survived by daughter, Ronda Broatch, and two grandchildren, Fiona and Duncan.

A committal service will be held at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 – 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105. A celebration of life with be held at a later date – spring of 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Hospital.

2 Responses to “Janet Louise Pisk”

  • Jim Rawley says:

    I enjoyed working with Jan for ten years at the City of Bellevue. She took on the tough job of being our first Help Desk person when computers and technology was exploding at the City. She was a great person and loved her horses! She will be missed but always in our hearts!

  • Barbara Mitchell says:

    Jan was a unique and interesting person and I am deeply saddened that she is no longer with us. I first met her when we both worked for the City of Bellevue. We hadn’t kept in touch after retirement but we were able to get together a couple of times more recently and was looking forward to do so again. I will miss her.

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