Janice Stenslie Foster

Janice Stenslie Foster of Redmond, Washington, passed away with family by her side Nov. 12, 2017 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. due to cancer-related complications.

Janice was born to Esther (Rismon) and James Stenslie on Feb. 21, 1945 in Fargo, N.D. She grew up on a ranch west of Winifred, Mont. where she attended school, graduating from Winifred High School in 1963 in a class of eight.

She attended Concordia College in Morehead, Minn. For one year and then transferred to the University of Montana, graduating in 1968 with a degree in home economics and art. Later, she completed a master’s degree in business from City University in Bellevue, Wash.

Ken Foster and Janice were married at American Lutheran Church on Mar. 25, 1967 in Winifred, Mont. – the church her father helped build. They moved to Helena, Mont. where their daughter, Carmen, was born. Shortly after, Ken spent six months at Fort Ord and Janice and Carmen moved to the Bar M Heart Ranch, her childhood home.

Upon Ken’s return from army training, the Fosters moved to the Seattle area where they have lived for 49 years. Their son, Brett, was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown in 1971.

After 20 years with U.S. West Cellular, Janice retired. Her life was filled with activity. She practiced yoga, played tennis, was instrumental in organizing ski events for her children’s racing teams, belonged to the Sammamish Rowing Club where she rowed in the opening day Regatta through Mountlake Club in Seattle, organized au pair visits for foreign students, and through her church, helped a Cambodian family settle in the area.

Janice was a member of the Bellevue YMCA and belonged to their hiking group. She was a member of the Senior Center of Redmond book club. Birding and a flower garden complemented her life. She was an accomplished artist as well.

Ken and Janice traveled to many countries – Africa, Europe, South American, and Australia. They skied in Europe with the Mountaineers, and as tennis fans, attended the U.S. Open in New York City several times. She and her sister also traveled to China, Tibet, Egypt, Italy, and took a Danube river cruise.

Being a grandmother was most important to her. She cooked with her grandsons, skied with them, read to them, and took them to art and science museums. Special time for her was the years her family and her sister’s family spent Christmas holidays at ski resorts across the West and Canada. Time spent at the Bar M Heart Ranch with her children, her nephews and, later, grandchildren, was also special.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Ken, son Brett, daughter Carmen (Tony) Seep, grandchildren Benjamin and Gavin, sister Vangie (David) McConnell, nephews Bryan and Christopher McConnell, sister’s in-law Patti Jo (Cecil) Campbell, Donna (Alan) Young and various nieces, nephews and cousins. Janice was caring, kind and loved by her family. She will be remembered for the following advice: love your grandkids, row hard and ski fast. She will be missed by many.

As she wished, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life is set for Dec. 9, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle and at American Lutheran Church in Winifred next July.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Sammamish Rowing Association, 5022 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE, Redmond, WA 98052 or the YMCA – Bellevue, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007 or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Cedar Lawns Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Redmond, Wash.

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