Obituary of Janet E Sackmann
Janet touched the lives of so many in our community. She always had such a welcoming smile and was a pleasure to visit with; her energy and vitality was contagious. James 1;22 was the verse she lived by, “be doers of the word, and not hearers only…”. Janet went to be with Jesus on October 1, 2020, after a swift battle with cancer.
Janet Eileen Jeske was born on August 19, 1936, in Warden, Washington; she was the sixth child born to Edward and Magdalena Jeske. She graduated from Warden High School in 1954. Janet married Emil Sackmann, on May 1, 1955, and moved to the Sackmann Family Homestead. She was proud to be a farm wife and loved raising her two children on the farm. Janet always had a beautiful flower garden, and a very large fruit and vegetable patch. She raised chickens and loved delivering eggs and socializing with friends in town.
Music was a huge part of her life. As a girl, Janet began playing the piano for Sunday School and Church at the Congregational Church in Warden. She continued as the church pianist/organist at the Lind Congregational Church and later at the Ritzville Zion UCC, and when she wasn’t at the organ she could be found singing in the choir. Janet also shared her love for music by teaching piano lessons, and by playing for a multitude of weddings for family and friends across the state.
Janet was endlessly involved in the community through Girl Scouts, Lind Jr. Miss and Float Committees, and Ritzville Food Bank. She was active in her church, including Women’s Fellowship, and Sunday School, and she never turned down a chance to go to Camp N-Sid-Sen. She belonged to a pinochle club, quilting clubs, the Lind Senior Center, and served on the Cemetery District Board. She was thrilled when she and Emil were given the honor of being the Grand Marshals of the Lind Community Parade in 2017.
After her children were raised, Janet attended Big Bend Community College with her daughter-in-law Becky, and began her new career path, working at various offices in Lind, Ritzville, and Moses Lake.
Janet is the last of an era. She is preceded in death by her husband, Emil Sackmann, and his 17 brothers and sisters and their spouses, her parents, and four brothers, Edwin, Ernest, Daniel, and Robert Jeske.
Janet is survived by her son, Lynn (Becky) Sackmann of Lind; daughter, Margie (Doug) Beschta of Spokane Valley; and grandchildren, Casey Sackmann, Rylie Sackmann, Mallory Beschta, Grant (Becca) Beschta, Danica Beschta, and Justine Beschta; sister, Leah Goehner of Spokane; sisters-in-law, Joan (Ernest) Jeske, Dollie (Daniel) Jeske, Arlene (Robert) Jeske, and numerous nephews and nieces who loved spending time on the farm with “Auntie Janet”.
Memorial services will be held at a future date. Remembrances may be given to Lind Senior Center, Spokane Children’s Theatre, or Ritzville ZP United Church of Christ. To leave online condolences for the Sackmann family please visit our website at www.danekasfh.com
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