Janet Beatrice Belmondo
May 14, 1928 – January 1, 2019
Janet Belmondo was born May 14, 1928, in Madison, WI. She passed away peacefully in Kent, WA, on January 1, 2019.
Janet moved with her family from Madison to Spokane, WA, where she graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. She attended Eastern Washington College (University) and then Washington State College (University) where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. While at Washington State she met Bill, her wonderful husband and life partner of 63 years.
After graduating from Washington State, Janet began a 25-year career of public service in the Renton and Tukwila School Districts as an elementary school teacher. An extraordinary teacher, she was passionate about helping her students learn and grow in a loving and supportive environment.
She enjoyed outdoor activities with family including gardening, camping, walks in the woods hunting mushrooms, and trips to the coast. Family summers with relatives and friends spent swimming canoeing, skiing, sailing, hiking, and huckleberry picking at the cabin on Priest Lake in Idaho made cherished memories for a lifetime.
Janet placed family first. She was a caring wife, mother, “Nona”, sister and aunt. She was the consummate encourager, always looking for the good in people and life’s circumstances. Whether with family, friends, students, caregivers or others, she found ways to lift spirits and brighten days. Her beautiful blue eyes communicated her self-less love and infectious joy.
Janet is survived by her siblings Ruth Dorman, Joyce Lee and Richard Ellingwood, Jr, children Jeff (Leslie), Craig (DeAnna), Janet (Ferdie) and Brad (Sandy), 10 grand-children, 11 great-grand-children, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard (Sr) and Ruth Ellingwood, husband Bill and sister Mary.
Janet’s family extends a most heartfelt thank you to the staffs of The Weatherly Inn at Lake Meridian and CHI Franciscan Hospice for their extraordinary care and support.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Weatherly Inn at Lake Meridian in Kent, WA, CHI Franciscan Hospice or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on February 4, 2019, at 1:00PM, at the Highlands Community Church, 3031 NE 10th Street, Renton, WA.
- Celebration of Life Monday, February 4, 2019
Janet Beatrice Belmondo
February 9, 2019
Janet and I met when her bridge group invited my husband, Gene Craig, to a celebration of his retirement. I nervously met the bridge group, but with Janet's quick smile, laugh and acceptance, felt I had met a true friend. She was what I called an "abstract/random" personality--a trait of a bright mind--and was a wonderful bridge partner--never critical of anyone but herself. I so enjoyed the group of ladies, and I know Gene loved the husbands, Bill included. I miss their stories, insights, intelligence, humor, friendship, and acceptance. So sorry the snow prevented our sharing memories of Janet with her kids, but please know Gene and I would have been there, along with many other people, if at all possible. With fond memories, Judy Craig
January 29, 2019
Mrs. Belmondo was my second grade teacher 1988-1989 at Thorndyke Elementary. I just heard about her passing, and wanted to share that she was a really great teacher, and I will always remember being in her class and thought she was a pretty cool lady. My condolences.
January 29, 2019
Both of my daughters had Mrs. Belmondo for second grade at Thorndyke. She was a wonderful teacher for both of them. In my memory, she was never still - always busy. We wondered how she coped with her leg in a cast, but it didn't seem to slow her down. I seem to remember her describing how she was able to prop the cast up so she could still do her ironing. Then when it was time for the cast to come off, she had her doctor remove in front of the class. I assumed that was something her students would never forget - but my daughter can't remember that at all! Janet prodded and praised her students - a great teacher and a very nice person. She was the first teacher to give me a small gift for helping in the classroom. It was just a potted poinsettia, but it let me know my efforts were appreciated.
January 20, 2019
Our son had Janet as his teacher when he was in second grade. If you ask him today after graduating from college and many years of working, he would say that Mrs. Belmondo was his favorite teacher! Speaking from a mom and past teacher's perspective, I will always be grateful for Janet. She was caring, fun, enthusiastic and a creator of exciting opportunities for children to learn! How fortunate we were to have had that time with Janet.
January 17, 2019
Janet was my children's first grade teacher at Thorndyke Elementary in the early 1980s. She was such a wonderful teacher and so experienced. On my son's first day of school, he was very nervous. She met us at the door and with a confident and experienced demeanor and smile, welcomed him and dismissed me. She knew that any "lingering" on my part would only make matters worse. I had to chuckle. It was the perfect response. Very happy memories of her. I wish the family peace and wonderful memories.