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“So sorry to hear about your loss; we will miss not seeing Jan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your bereavement. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Art and Pamela De Boer

“Very saddened to hear the news. Jerri and I am thinking of you. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Dennis Feathers

“Such a sweet, caring lady. So sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Swanny Strand

“Ken, Kim & I praying you and family. Yours' and Jans marriage was one of partnership and friendship that we all can aspire to.May the Lord give...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Steve Danner

“Ken, thinking and praying along with you on this day . Remembering that trip with Jan and other girls from Michigan to Washington when you met her...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Dorothy (Broersma) Bredeweg

“With fond memories of our travels, and friendship, 'God be with you until we meet again.' ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Ann [Snapper] Ward - Lynden,, WA

“Trish, I pray that God wraps you and your family in his loving arms and that he comforts all of you. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Maria Risener

“God Bless . PRAYING for comfort during this time. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Rob&Carla Bethke - Lynden, WA

“So blessed to have known Jan! She was always smiling and always had a great story to tell :) She will be greatly missed. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Holly Stockman

“So sorry to hear about your mom. Our love and prayers for comfort and peace to you all. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lori Hortegas

“Wishing you all my deepest sympathy. May God grant you peace during this hard time and as you reflect on the wonderful person who was your wife...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Natalie Hogan

“Ken and I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to your family, in the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. Prayers for...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Ken and Joanne Barczi

“Dear Ken and family. Lynn and I are praying for you all as you experience the deep sadness of your earthly farewell to your dear wife, mother, and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Allen and Lynn Likkel - Lynden, WA

“We wish to express our very deepest sympathy to you, Ken, and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Stan & Lois Likkel

“To the Ken Stremler family...I have fond memories of family visits with you and our big family trip out to see all of you. As we age we didn't see...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Palinski Mesman - MI

“Our deep sympathy to the entire family. Through Mark and Carrie Visser, we had a wonderful reunion of the Andringa/Visser family in Lynden at the...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Andringa - Pella, IA


Janet Stremler, age 70 of Lynden, went home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. She was born October 24, 1944 to Gerrit and Rolina (Boverhof) Lynema in Byron Center, Michigan where she grew-up and attended school. As a teenager, Jan worked at Pine Rest nursing home in Grand Rapids, MI until moving to Whatcom County in 1962. It was on a blind date that she met her beloved husband-to-be, Ken Stremler. They were married February 9, 1963, in Lynden, where they settled and raised their three daughters. Jan was a loving homemaker and mother and later in life a very proud and active grandmother to her eight grandchildren. She was also active in the Lynden community where, in her younger years, she worked as a nurse's aide at CHCC. She and Ken renovated, owned and operated Century House Bed & Breakfast for 18 years and Jan later renovated, owned and operated Grandiflora for 15 years. She was an active member of Third Christian Reformed Church and served on various committees such as President of Mother's Club at Lynden Christian School. Travel was a passion and antiquing was a favorite hobby. Jan is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ken; daughters Carrie (Mark) Visser, LaVon (Rod) Vander Werff and Trisha (Chad) Brink all of Lynden; 8 grandchildren; siblings William "Bud" (Nancy) Lynema, Ken Lynema, Marilyn (George) Palinski, Betty Sutton, Ronald (Marilyn) Lynema and sister-in-law Hilda Lynema; brother and sisters-in-law Lue (Stu) Stuurmans, Helen (Arv) Navis, Bob and Diane Korthuis and Lewie (Carol) Stremler. She was preceded in death by her parents Gerrit and Rolina Lynema; brothers Gerrit Lynema and William Lynema; sister, Mary Jane Lynema; brother-in-law, Fred Sutton; in-laws Simon and Elizabeth Stremler; and sister-in-law Elaine Korthuis. Visitation hours will be Sunday, March 29, 3 to 6 pm at Gillies Funeral Home. A family graveside service will be conducted in Monumenta Cemetery, Monday, March 30, 1:15 pm followed by a 2:00 pm Memorial Service at Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St., Lynden. Memorials in Janet's name are suggested any of the following: The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Assn, Peace Health St. Joseph's Cancer Care Center, Third Christian Reformed Church Endowment Fund, or Lynden Christian School's Endowment Fund. You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.

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