Marion T. Janicki

October 30, 1931November 24, 2018
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Bellevue resident Marion Janicki passed away peacefully at her home on November 24, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was 87 years old.

Marion was born on October 30, 1931 in Bellevue, WA to Lebanese immigrants Rose and William Michael. She was baptized on Dec 27, 1931 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Kirkland. She attended Seattle University where she met Walt Janicki while getting her bachelor’s degree in biology. They were married on September 22, 1956 by Fr. Gerald Moore at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bellevue. She then went on to work at Providence Hospital in Seattle as a medical records librarian. There she enjoyed lasting friendships with many of the Sisters of Providence. After some time, Marion and Walt moved to Alaska where Marion worked at the Anchorage Native Hospital. Within a year, the two moved to New York. Marion gave birth to their first child Annie Rose, while Walt worked as a Civil Engineer for HK Fergusson. After a year in New York, they returned to Seattle for a short while before Walt accepted a job in Tripoli, Libya as civil engineer on a large power plant construction. They lived in Libya for 18 months. Upon completion of the project, they flew to Germany and purchased a car at the Mercedes Benz factory in Sindelfingen. They drove around Europe for a few months joined by Marion’s niece, Laurice, eventually ending in Naples, Italy. They then ferried with their car from Naples back to New York City. From there they drove across the states finally settling in Sedro Woolley, where Walt’s family was homesteaded along with Marion’s sister, Annie who was married to Walt’s brother, Stan. The two couples raised their families and ran the Janicki Logging Company for many years. Marion and Walt adopted Steven Vincent and had three more, Catherine, Tom and Margo. During those years, Marion was on the board of Catholic Community Services in Bellingham where she mainly helped youth. After Walt retired, Marion and Walt moved to Woodinville, Washington where they lived for 10 years with their youngest daughter, Margo and her twins, Luke and Eddie Janicki. They then moved to Bellevue where Marion had originally grown up and would live out the rest of her days. During her last years, Marion’s Huntington's Disease began to show more prevalently, eventually leading to her death in 2018. Her family had the honor and pleasure of caring for her in her later years. Walt personally was blessed to have her and the family loved her so much. Their 62 year marriage and her illness brought grace and peace.

Marion had a deep passion for her Catholic faith, developing lasting relationships with priests, nuns, and brothers. She always put this faith first as an example for her children and grandchildren. She also had a deep passion for cooking and carrying on her Lebanese culture. Before her disease, she was very active, and had a great love for basketball, skiing, piano playing and art. She loved to laugh.

Marion is survived by her husband Walt Janicki; her five children and their spouses, Annie and Jim Kovac, Steven and Karen Janicki, Catherine and Dave Moe, Tom and Angela Janicki, and Margo Janicki; 15 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister Annie Janicki, her brother William Michael, and her granddaughter Alex.

A time of visitation will be held 11/29/18 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Bellevue. A rosary service will be held on December 7, 2018 at 10:15am at St. Monica Church, 4311 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island. The funeral Mass will follow at 11am at St. Monica Church with Fr. William Heric and Fr. Negusse as celebrants. A private graveside service will be held after the funeral Mass at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Bellevue.


  • Luke Janicki
  • Eddie Janicki
  • Michael Moe
  • Anthony Janicki
  • Tyler Janicki
  • Jude Kovac
  • Jacob Janicki


  • Visitation Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Rosary Service Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 7, 2018

Marion T. Janicki

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Pola Kelley

November 28, 2018

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.
God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”
Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart