Jan R. Walstad, 53, passed away on Nov. 21, 2014, as a result of a fall in her home. Jan was born in Missoula, Mont., on July 1, 1961, graduated from Grangeville High School, attended the University of Idaho and Spokane Business College. She resided in Seattle, Wash., for many years.
Jan became a master upholsterer, house painter and installed fabric on the walls inside of churches, businesses and homes. (We like to say that Jan stopped the construction of the Seattle Space Needle as she was installing fabric in the restaurant.) She worked at Costco’s home living center restoring damaged furniture and then their retail store.
Everything old and retro was of interest to Jan. She planted flowers and shrubs galore around her home. She loved to fly kites on the beaches of Mexico and Washington when she gathered with her friends and sisters for vacations. Her kindergarten teacher best describes the essence of Jan… “nothing was accomplished until Jan arrived and got everyone organized!”
She was a free spirit her entire short life and she will be missed. Life won’t be the same without her.
Jan is survived by her longtime partner, David Clein of Seattle; her father, Neil Walstad of Grangeville; her mother, Carol Barber of Stevensville, Mont.; and her sisters, Kimberly Walstad Bier and Kristin Walstad both of California.
A memorial service will be held in Seattle at a later date.