Former Kasilof resident Jettie Jean Van Sinderen died Monday, June 10, 2002, at her Bellingham, Wash., home after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. She was 76.
Mrs. Van Sinderen was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Kasilof to Archie and Enid (Stryker) McLane. She attended school in Kasilof and graduated from high school in Bellevue, Wash.
She attended Western Washington College for two years, then married Sid Van Sinderen on Nov. 1, 1946. They were happily married for 55 years.
Mrs. Van Sinderen was an administrative assistant to the dean of students at Bellingham High School for many years and enjoyed all of the activities associated with the high school students and faculty.
She was a member of Northlake Community Church, Bellingham Yacht Club, Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Park Athletic Club, Whatcom Museum Docents, Coffee Break Bible class and the Secretary Association of District No. 501.
She enjoyed collecting antiques, traveled the world and always put her family first. She was known for being industrious and was a great role model. She was an inspiration to many with her positive attitude and had a sincere interest in every detail of many people's lives. She always enjoyed holidays, special occasions and family and friend get-togethers.
Mrs. Van Sinderen was preceded in death by her sister Susan Van Sinderen Woodell Alba three years ago.
Mrs. Van Sinderen is survived by her husband, Sid Van Sinderen of Bellingham; son Steven Van Sinderen and his wife Kathryn of Dallas, Texas; daughter Sharon Van Sinderen Lyon of Ocean City, Md.; brother Stan McLane of Kenai; sister Joan Lahndt of Kasilof; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Northlake Community Church in Bellingham. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to share memories at the service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice or Northlake Community Church.
Arrangements were made by Westford Funeral Home and Cremation Center Broadway.
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