Janet Lynn Vachal
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Janet Lynn Vachal
  • November 18, 1950 - December 19, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Janet Lynn Vachal (Dinihanian), born November 18, 1950, passed away on December 19, 2017 at age 67, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Portland, OR and was the daughter of Flora and Meger E. Dinihanian Jr. of Armenian descent. She grew up in the Wilson Park neighborhood and attended Multnomah Grade School and Wilson High School. Growing up, Janet was a member of Camp Fire Girls and Jobs Daughters. After being set up on a blind date and after six years of dating, in 1980, she finally married the love of her life, Don Vachal, who was from Vancouver, WA. They were together for 42 years and had recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. Janet’s main joys in life were socializing with her friends and family, shopping, traveling to Hawaii, San Diego, and Cannon Beach and getting to raise her daughter, Ashley. Janet worked at the telephone company for 32 years before retiring at age 52. We will miss her wonderful smile and infectious personality. Survivors include her husband, Don Vachal; her daughter, Ashley Vachal; her brother and wife, Harry and Alena Dinihanian; nephews, Devin Dinihanian (Carrie), Nathan Dinihanian (Molly), Adam Dinihanian, Brad Vachal (Deb), and Chris Vachal (Colleen); niece, Vanessa Viles (Brian); and great-nieces and nephews, Abigale, Finnian, Kahlil, Avery, Blake and Everett. The family thanks all friends and family for their wonderful love and support toward Janet, and to her husband and daughter who she adored. A special thanks to Devin and Carrie Dinihanian for their support. A service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 S.W. Vermont St., Portland, OR 97219.