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Janet Maxine Brinkerhoff
08/22/1937 — 12/27/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Regent, ND
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Celebration of Life
Janet Maxine Brinkerhoff
Janet Brinkerhoff, 86, passed away on December 27, 2023, in Richland, WA.
Janet Brinkerhoff was born on August 22, 1937 in Regent, ND, to Raymond and Olive Sutter.
Janet graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1955. Her most cherished job was her career as the Facilities Coordinator at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and went on to work there for over 30 years making many best friends and memories along the way.
Janet married Melvin Brinkerhoff on June 12, 1970 in Richland, WA. They raised four amazing children, Cindy Mashburn, Michael Masburn, Lori Ball, and Brenda Killmer. Janet was very proud that all of her children graduated with Bachelors Degrees from Central Washington and Washington State University.
Janet was best known for her love of family, traveling, sewing and laughing.
Janet is survived by her daughters, Cindy, Lori, and Brenda (Jason); her grandchildren, Joel (Jessica) Hootman, Brian Mashburn, Genevieve (Nick) Haney, Rebecca (Kevin) Biddle, Jacob Ball, Whitney (Kyle) McKereghan, Melanie Killmer, Lexi Killmer; and 14 great-grandchildren, Cyan, Lola, Ethan, Mollie, Brooklynn, Savannah, Natalie, Connor, Lauren, Olive, Tommy, Teddy, Isaiah and Callum.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Olive Sutter, her husband Melvin Brinkerhoff, and her son Michael Mashburn.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Jan 4 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at Einans at Sunset Funeral Home, Richland. A memorial service will begin at 9:30 AM at the LDS Church on Jadwin in Richland followed by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family invites you to a reception following the services at 2301 Coppermist Ct, Richland. You may also share your memories at the online guest book at www.einansatsunset.com.
Memorial donations can be made in Janet’s name to American Heart Association.
I just learned that Janet passed away recently. I loved that woman. Just prior to my mastectomy in 2002, I was in her office where she had some funky, mood music playing. I commented about liking it when no sooner did it show up at my bedside. Needless to say, it really spoke to me while the morphine drip was running…
Her sense of humor and ability to make everyone feel special in her midst were some of her endearing qualities. I was lucky to have known her.
Janet, you were one of my mentors and heroes as a young nurse. I loved being around you and laughing. Rest in peace, sister!!
As an outside vendor calling on Kadlec for 30+ years Janet always gave me the time of day with a smile. The world was made better because of people like her
I will always remember Janet for having the best smile and that laugh. She could always make you laugh and laugh. I remember her fondly and it brings a smile to my face just thinking about the good ole days at Kadlec. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Take care. She lived life to the fullest.
Thank you for sharing your mother with us at Kadlec. She always had a smile or laugh and was always willing to share her wisdom when I had a question
So sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. Thinking of your whole family during this difficult time.
Cindy, Lori and Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing away! Janet and I had a lot of fun while we worked together at Kadlec, we would tease each other and pull jokes on each other all the time.
Janet was a great friend and co-worker who helped everybody when they needed it.
You will be you will be messed. We all thought a lot about you. God bless you in heaven.
I love the picture chosen to celebrate Janet’s life- this indeed is the way I remember her. A very special woman and friend to all. Thankful our paths crossed. Sending deepest thoughts and comfort to your family .
Janet occasionally joined our birthday gatherings. She always laughed and had a great spirit. We loved having her with us. Great lady! She will be missed.
Your mother was a sweet wonderful lady. I looked forward to seeing her car out in the parking lot so she could grab the shuttle service and ride over to the hospital. She reminded me so much of my own grandmother who had already passed, so I would drive as slow as possible so I could just spend an extra minute or two with her. She was truly a lovely person inside and out. I will truly miss her. Prayers of comfort for the family at this time.
Your Mother was one of a kind.
She was instrumental in bringing the first “Birthing Room” to Kadlec many years ago. I will always remember her enthusiasm in choosing wallpaper and floor covering to make it perfect for new families.
Peace and love to your family as you travel this road.
Janet was a dear friend and bowling buddy of my late Mother. Those ladies had years of fun together! I so enjoyed running into Janet around town, and she was always happy to see me and had plenty of smiles to share. Her laugh was something to remember. God bless all of you. You will miss her every day.
Janet was a beautiful individual, both inside and out. She was a knowledgeable and supportive coworker and a loyal friend. And of course, there was her laugh and wonderful sense of fun! I wish her family comfort in the face of the loss of their dear mother.