Sunset on Neptune Beach, WA


The following was printed in the Bellingham Herald and Seattle Times after Janet passed away in 2009.

Janet Gelb Koplowitz, 86, of Bellingham, WA, passed away on September 8, 2009 at her beloved beach house at Neptune Beach.  She was born in 1922 in Seattle to Samuel and Gussie Gelb.  Janet attended Coupeville schools and the University of Washington where she was a member of the AEPHI Sorority. Her family moved to Bellingham  when she was 18 and began operating Hohl Feed and Seed. Janet was married in 1945 to Arthur who passed away suddenly in 1994. The Koplowitz family owned and operated Draper Valley Farms and Janet was a Director for 15 years. Since 1952 Janet and her family have spent their summers at Neptune Beach, where she loved walking the beach looking for agates, and she also enjoyed many years of vacationing on Maui.  Janet loved to be involved with various community and philanthropic organizations. She was a member of Whatcom Museum Docent Society, Sarah Deborah Hospital Auxillary, Women Sharing Hope, Edgemoor and Ivy League Garden Clubs, Beth Israel Synagogue, and served on the St. Joseph Hospital Community Board . She was a life-long member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. She was an avid Husky fan and attended many UW football games with Arthur and her boys. Janet loved good food and entertaining, socializing with friends, playing bridge, and attending the symphony and theater.  Janet had many caring friends in Bellingham and Seattle, and throughout the Northwest, who held a very special place in her heart.  Janet is survived by her sons, Rick and Jim, daughters-in-law Sandie and Christine, brother, Charles Gelb, grandchildren Rebecca (Loren), Michael, and Jordan, and grandchildren by marriage, Logan (Katie), Cameron (Jennifer), and Adam Luft.  Janet recently welcomed two great-grandchildren by marriage into the world.  The family expresses sincere thanks to Cheryl Metcalf for her years of  wonderful help. Janet will be laid to rest in Seattle in Portals Mausoleum at Hills of Eternity Cemetery, next to her husband, Arthur.  A private family service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.  Westford Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  Please share memories of Janet at