Janet Josephine Schmale

03/21/1927 — 06/25/2022

From Richland, WA | Born in Grand Island, NE

Graveside Inurnment

Sat, September 17, 2022, 11:00 am
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352

Janet Josephine Schmale

Janet Schmale was born in Grand Island, NE on March 21, 1927. She passed away June 25, 2022, at age 95. She grew up on a farm in Ravenna, NE. Her parents were Arnold (Jack) and Dorothy Jungles. Upon graduating from high school she turned down a scholarship to attend college. For a short time she worked as a secretary at Camp Crowder army base in Missouri. Janet married Don Schmale on September 21, 1948. They left Nebraska on their wedding day to head for Washington State. Janet and Don bought a donut shop in Kennewick soon after they arrived in the Tri-Cities, the Do Nut Inn at 5442 Columbia Ave. After Don went to work at Hanford they moved to Richland. They had a home across the street from Columbia HIgh before moving to a hobby farm on Harrington Road and then moving back into Richland. They had seven children over the space of sixteen years. Janet enjoyed raising her children, gardening, camping at Walupt Lake and traveling.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Dorothy Jungles, her siblings Fred, Marianne, Dorothy and Joyce, and her husband of 50 years, Don Schmale. She is survived by her children Dave Schmale (Sara), Mark Schmale (Sharon), Kathy Legun (Andrew), Dan Schmale, Linda Bowman (Jay), John Schmale, and Jim Schmale (Cindy), thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A graveside inurnment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Richland, WA at 11 am, September 17, 2022.


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  • Thinking of the Schmale family. She must have been a wonderful, loving person to raise such beautiful and kind children. ❤

    Lorraine Clark Sako
    September 16, 2022
  • Been out of town and just now seeing this. Your mother was a wonderful lady. I am thinking of all of you. She raised some really fun kids who helped make my childhood and teen years a ton of fun. (And that probably applies to a bunch of the kids in the neighborhood because the Schmales’ always had something recreational and entertaining afoot). I have many wonderful memories of her. I especially remember frequently turning around to see her standing at the top of the ditch hill, checking on all the neighborhood kids in the swimming hole…Probably making sure that Jim was doing okay. Later, maybe 10 or 20 years, I ran into her. I believe it was on Saint Street, and we had such a great time reminiscing as adults. Hoping your sadness lessens over time and you are comforted by many good memories.

    Kristin Keyes Anderson
    September 11, 2022
    Pasco, WA
  • Kathy and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

    Teresa Hall
    August 8, 2022
    Benton City, WA 99320
  • I had the pleasure of spending time with Janet at Guardian Angel Homes , where my Mom resides. I enjoyed visiting with her about her family. I was happy to slip her an occasional cookie or candy bar—she had a sweet tooth! I always complimented her on her thick black hair, which made her smile. She is missed at Vineyard house, and I send my sympathy to her kids and families.

    Teresa Knirck
    July 19, 2022
  • My condolences to the whole family. Janet was a kind person who tried to live her Christian faith.

    Elizabeth Weiss
    July 12, 2022
    Richland, WA
  • I did not know Mrs. Schmale well, but knew her 2 oldest sons, David and Mark. The home they bought on Harrington Road was built by my daddy. That is how I met the Schmale family. I remember her as a pretty young woman with lots of children.
    David I am so sorry for your loss, and my condolences to you and all your brothers and sisters. 💜

    Cat Johnson-Pearsall
    July 11, 2022
    Clarkston, WA
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