Janet Bell

A photo of Janet Bell


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday March 29, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Janet Bell of Chatham passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Sunday March 25, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Janet was one of four daughters born to John and Roberta (McEachran) Burwell. She is survived by her sisters Sally Burwell and Joan Shea (late Tom) and predeceased by her sister Barb Burwell.

It was at a dance at the Rondeau Pavillion where she would meet a young man named Ken Bell and on June 1, 1968 they were married. Together Janet and Ken raised two daughters, Kathleen Roberta Bell (Steven Frey) and Margaret Ann Bell who they were always proud of. They are also the very proud grandparents of Zoey Frey, Stephanie Frey and Jacob Bechard. Family was so important to Janet.

In her spare time, Janet was an amazing quilter. She made many quilts for family members and enjoyed time spent with her friends at the Chatham-Kent Quilters Guild.

In respect of Janet’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday March 29, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 to share memories and a light lunch.

Those wishing to remember Janet with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice so that they are able to continue providing the exceptional care that was extended to Janet and her family.

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My sincere sympathy to the Bell family on Janet's recent passing. As a former co-worker with Service Canada I always enjoyed working with Janet. She was passionate about her quilting and we collaborated together on a special quilt sewn for a Service Canada celebration. May God comfort you and bring you peace.

Shirley and I were both very saddened to hear of Janets passing.Our heart and prayers go out to her family.

We will miss Janet golfing. She really loved to go golfing. Our condolences are with you. We will miss her dearly

I worked with Janet at the JLB for many years. She was a great friend and colleague. We had a lot of fun. My sympathy to Janet's family. She will be missed. It was a pleasure to know her.

To The Bell Family I just read of Janet’s passing in the Chatham news, my sincere condolences to you. I worked with Janet at the Judy Lamarsh Bldg. I remember her as always being kind and a good person. Bonnie Fenton

Our deepest sympathy to The Bell family , we are so sorry for your loss .You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

What a beautiful, heartwarming tribute... I only had the pleasure of meeting her a handful of times, but she seemed like a very lovely lady; genuine, with a contagious smile. I'm sorry to hear of her loss and am thinking of you.

I am shocked to hear of Janet's passing. I just read it in the Chatham paper electronically in Florida. My sincere sympathy to the family.

Ken and Family It was a pleasure knowing Janet. Our thoughts are with you tomorrow and may your memories and family's support bring you comfort. Cairn and Barry

I am so sorry to hear of Janet's death. It was always a pleasure working with Janet on the Board of Directors of Canadian Mental Health Association.

Ken, Margie and Katie, I wanted to send you my love and condolences and please know I wish I could be there to support you in-person with the rest of our family. We really have something special in each other and I have so many fond memories of our family holidays together over the years and have a great appreciation for Aunt Janet's warm personality and I always admired her many creative and artistic talents. All of my love to you.

God bless my friend Janet Bell. She was one of the Chatham colleaques that made my transition from the east coast to south western Ontario an easy one back in 1985. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was a great friend and colleaque. I will miss her and I extent my deepest sympathies to Ken and the girls. Time will be the only healer of your pain. Your mom was a good friend and colleague, and she always had a wonderful sense of humor. She spoke about her girls and Ken frequently in our chats. My thoughts are with you all and may God Bless.

I was so sorry to hear about Janet. I think about her often, both while quilting and composing a letter. Though I must say I appreciated the fish she snuck out of the freezer for me more than the knuckle rapping over my creative grammar ;). I will miss her wit and her laugh, I can still hear it clearly in my head, it was definitely a favourite. Memories of her her will always be filled with joy.

Dear Ken and Family May your memories give you peace and comfort as you celebrate a life well lived. I will always remember Janet's concern for others especially in our small groups. She was always so enthusiastic, willing to help and most importantly her willingness to listen. Blessings.

Deepest condolence to your family at the loss of Janet. I knew her from the JLB, she was such a lovely person. Always a smile on her face.

To all of Janet's family. My condolences on your loss. Janet and I worked together for a number of years. We enjoyed her sense of humor as well as the knowledge she shared when we talked of quilting. May your memories keep her love close to you, and may she rest in peace. Judy Smith - coworker

For all of Janet's family, I wish to extend my sympathies, Janet was a member of our quilt group which is where I met her for the first time, she was always so interesting to talk with. She was an amazing quilter, just a wonderful person inside and out, she will be missed. I will keep her in my prayers. Aline King

Ken and family, offering my sincere sympathy. Janet will be missed at applique and the guild. I will miss her sense of humour. Rest In Peace my friend.

Sending sincere condolences. Janet will be missed by many. I certainly enjoyed spending time with her at the quilt guild meetings and away from the meetings.

Sending condolences to the Bell Family for our lovely former teacher from her Chatham Collegiate Institute community. We were so delighted she attended our reunion a few years ago.

Ken and family, sorry to read about your wife's passing< May she Rest in Peace.

Ken & Family, I had the pleasure of working with Janet for many years. She was always such a positive and vibrant colleague to work with. My sincerest condolences to all of the family at this difficult time. Bob Stover

Ken and family, It is with sadness we read of Janet’s too short life. May you find comfort in your many memories. Sincerely, Ted and Brenda Davenport, Florida.