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Obituary for Janell Dawn Helseth

Janell Dawn Helseth
July 2, 1984 - March 2, 2020

Janell’s unexpected death leaves much heartache with family. A time to celebrate Janell’s life and mourn her passing will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, April 24, 2021 at River of Life Assembly (979 Tucker Road Hood River, OR 97031). A reception will immediately follow. Arrangements under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.

Janell’s life story...
Janell Dawn Helseth was born July 2, 1984. in Hood River, Oregon, and passed on to her Heavenly home March 2, 2020 at her residence in Portland, OR, with her beloved pets Oliver and Willard by her side. Janell's unexpected death leaves her family with much heartache.
Janell grew up and attended schools in the Hood River Valley with her claim to fame being voted "Best Hair" for her graduating class of 2003.

As a young girl, Janell enjoyed playing volleyball and Little League softball, and she was known for making the coaches and her parents a bit nervous with her last second one hand in the air highball outfield catches (she never missed).

Janell had a special love for animals, always having a gold fish and guinea pig, along with the family cats and dogs. She spent many an hour loving on her brother's 4-H pigs. One summer, Janell spent her life savings on a white-haired, blue-eyed kitty that she had her heart set on.

Janell loved art and created many beautiful decoupage wooden boxes to give away as special gifts, always with a theme that was relevant to the recipient.

Janell was a solitary person and uncomfortable with crowds, but one-on-one you would share the most in-depth conversation, leaving you with feeling understood and loved. On the flip side, she also left you with no doubts to how she felt about a topic and there was no sugar coating it. She spent many an hour watching 20/20, Dateline, 60 Minutes, The History channel and documentaries. Once, when she was young, she asked her mom if Barbara Walters could be her gramma.

Janell had a wonderful and unique sense of humor and she brought playfulness and joy to a room, with the ability to also side slap you with a one liner that you never saw coming. You would stop and say, "What just happened?".

Janell found much pleasure in her morning/afternoon coffee (the girl loved her pick me up buddy cup). A favorite activity was to grab a coffee and go for a long drive listening to music. It was her "ME" time. Her love of music spanned a wide genre for someone of such a young age. She loved the blues and emotional old soulful selections such as Etta James "I'd Rather Go Blind." Nelly was known to put on the ritz and treat herself to center¬front-row seats to see Herbie Hancock or a similar artist performing at the Arlene Schnitzer.
Janell had a gift of writing and could put pen to paper and her thoughts and stories would draw you in and her words make you feel as if you were experiencing the moment right along beside her.

Janell's most wonderful gift was her love for the elderly and special needs individuals. This is where she truly shined. Her interactions were a precious gift to them that also spoke to her soul, and it was where she felt truly herself.

Janell was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Leonard and Elizabeth Helseth, and Clarence and Louise Proffitt. She was also proceeded in death by her father, Matthew Joel Helseth.

Janell is survived by her mother, Doris Jean Fortner and step-father Tony; and her brother Nathan Ryan Helseth.

A special thank you to Brittany Reed who after Janell’s passing adopted her dog “Willard aka Little Willy” and to Annie Veatch who adopted Janell’s cat “Oliver”.

Arrangements under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.