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Janet Hulsing, May 18, 1959 — April 11, 2021

Janet Power was born in Prineville. She is the daughter of William E. Power and JoAnn Forbes Power of Sisters. They lived in Madras for seven years. Medford became her next home. Her third was Salem, where she went to Salem schools and graduated from Sprague High School in 1977. She received nursing credentials from COC in Bend in 1981.

Janet was a nurse, loving and kind, for over 30 years, beginning at St. Charles Hospital, Bend. She and Tim Hulsing of Bend were married for 42 years. They lived 31 of those years in the Okanagan area of Central Washington where she continued her nursing career and where they raised two children, all of them skiing, hiking, boating with friends as much as they could.

Seven years ago the lodge-like home they built in the foothills of the North Cascades was destroyed by a wildfire. They rebuilt a home in Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne. Her last job was again through St. Charles, doing post-surgery care.

She was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer five years ago. She spent the last years of her life loving the outdoors as always and as an artist. Tim, her husband, was a medical assistant through Summit Medical. He retired so they could spend those last years together and with friends and family.

She participated in a voluntary study until nothing was helpful. She never lost her unstoppable spirit. Surviving her are her parents of Sisters, JoAnn and Bill Power; her brother, David Power (Kathy), and a niece and two nephews of Salem; her husband Tim Hulsing; a son, Jesse Hulsing (Sarah) of San Francisco; a daughter, Kylan Pendleton (Creed); and three grandsons — Wade, Dean, and Clay. Private services by the family are planned, and another with friends in Okanagan, Washington.

She has always been an artist. During her years with cancer, she converted their garage into a heated studio where she worked at crafts and pieces of art. Most of her work she gave to others.

She met the love of her life Tim J. Hulsing and they were married in 1986. Their first jobs were planting trees in the forest with their first friends, who are now about to finish occupations in Bend society today. Their first home was a wigwam in the forest near Mt. Bachelor where they cross-country skied every day and Janet memorized tomes of anatomy by a kerosene lantern beside an open fire that poured smoke through a hole at the top. That has been the flavor of their life together — outside loving mother nature, and by nature they are explorers of all remote places, unlocking it’s secrets.

When Janet was 10 years old she wrote the following and illustrated it: “I wish I was the wind to follow the world through Love- Hate- Peace – and war. Then to come out cool and brisk — then go back to space.” She lived and died like that. She celebrated her 21st birthday May 18, as she planted trees after Mt. St. Helen’s erupted and she heard the explosion. Special, just for her, she felt.

Tim had a little mill on their acreage and, from trees he cut, he built a beautiful home for the family of four in Chillowist Valley at the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains of North Central Washington. It is near the Loop Loop ski run that Tim helped create. For more than 29 years Janet drove down Turkey Gulch Road, a dirt, then a packed dirt road, graveled, then a narrow paved road, then a highway into hospitals in the towns of Brewster, Okanogan and Omak. This was day and night, over snow in wintertime. They both became pillars of their communities, with dozens of friends visiting them from Salem, Central Washington, and Bend.

Her survivors are their son, Jesse Hulsing, and his baby son, of San Francisco; their daughter, Kylan Pendleton; and her two sons of Bend; her brother, David Power of Salem; and her parents, Bill Power and JoAnn Power of Sisters. All give thanks to all of the friends and family who supported and prayed for her and the family, She has been on the prayer list of the Episcopal Church in Sisters for five years.


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