Janet Yekel

Died: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 04, 2017
Location: Harney County Church of the Nazarene

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Janet Belle Horton Yekel, 82, passed away Oct. 28 at her home in Burns.

Janet was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Winner, S.D., to Lilly and James Horton of Hidden Timber, S.D. She was raised with her six siblings in a sod house in South Dakota. Her family members were farmers and ranchers and worked hard to produce food for the family. They lived through hard times and enjoyed life together.

Janet married Edward Emmanuel Yekel Aug. 24, 1953, in Batesland, S.D., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. To this union five children were born: Linda, Glenda, Kevin, David, and Stuart.

In 1973, Janet and Edward moved their family to Harney County. From 1974 to 1976, they managed the Princeton Store on Highway 78. In 1977, Ed, Janet, Kevin, David, and Stuart moved to Thedford, Neb., and ran two ranches. Kevin and David moved back to Oregon in 1977. Stuart returned to Crane in 1978. In 1980, Stuart returned to Nebraska to help Janet and Edward move back to Crane. Edward did mechanic work, and Janet worked at the Harney County Hospital.

In 1982, they decided to move to Burns to be closer to their places of work. Edward worked as a mechanic until he became ill with cancer and passed away Feb. 8, 1991. Janet continued working at the Harney County Hospital after Edward’s death. In 2002, Janet had an accident that impaired her shoulder, and she decided to retire from the hospital. She served the Harney County Hospital for 21 1/2 years. In later years, she watched the removal of the old hospital and the building of the new one. She was greatly missed by those she worked with and those she had served for many years.

Janet participated in the Farmers Market with her daughters, Linda and Glenda, and son-in-law, Fred, every Saturday from July to October. She baked and sold amazing, delicious goodies that everyone enjoyed so much. She was a member of the Fiddlers and loved listening, singing, and dancing to the music. She also square danced with the Steens Mountain Twirlers. She attended Curves and Swim until illness prevented her from doing so. She tended her beautiful flowers and amazing yard daily. She loved and enjoyed her five children, 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren as much as possible everyday.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Linda Pelroy of Burns, and Glenda Davis of Redmond; sons, Kevin Yekel of Hines, David Yekel of Baker City, and Stuart Yekel of Burns; sisters, Barbara Craffey of Brentwood, Calif., and Ruthann Cummings of Manderson, S.D.; brothers, Gary Horton of Camas, Wash., and Roger Horton of Edgemont, S.D.; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, and two brothers.

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Patricia (Cook) Fullmer
   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
So sorry to know that Janet has passed away. She was such a lovely lady and so fun to be around. Although it has been many years, just wanted to let you know that the Cook family in Goshen County, Wyoming will remember with smiles and love. Ferd is still doing well good, living at a care center in Torrington, WY. Love and kindness from: Ron & family, Patty and family, and Robert and family and especially Ferd!

Lester & Sue McBain
   Posted Wed November 01, 2017
Sorry to Hear about the Loss of Your Loved One

Tom and Delta Maupin
   Posted Wed November 01, 2017
To Janet's Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. You have our sincere condolences!
Tom and Delta Maupin

Jerri Christen
   Posted Sat November 04, 2017
Mama Yekel, you will be so dearly missed. You have touch many hearts in the community. I'm deeply blessed to have spent many hours with you. You've now been granted your angel wings, fly high.........Love you so much

Anita (Enneberg) Hunt
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
I was SO sorry to hear that the best neighbor in the world had left her earthly home. I rejoice for her, but am sorry for those of us who knew and loved her. I will always remember the sweet, bubbly, hard-working, friendly, kind, devoted-to-family, compassionate lady who I was blessed to live next to for so many years. She was an amazing gardener, incredible cook and she was loved by SO MANY people! May God bless your families and may you all find comfort and strength from our Lord in the days to come.

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