Janet Kay Hinderer

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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:26 pm

Longtime Williston resident Janet Kay Hinderer died of cancer July 16, 2013 in Durango, Colo. She was 59.

Born to Marvin and Gertrude Erickson Jan. 9, 1954 in Williston, she graduated from Williston HS in 1972, continuing with an associate’s degree in interior design from the Univ. of North Dakota at Williston. She married Daryl Hinderer of Williston June 21, 1975.

Janet Hinderer liked making lists and plans. Grocery lists, craft material lists, and weekly schedules, she brought order and structure to all of her projects. Raising a daughter and two sons first in Williston and later in Durango, Colo, things were not always easy. But Janet was pragmatic and organized. If it took dumpster-diving behind the grocery store to collect coupons, organizing and saving them for double-coupon days, then she added it to the schedule. She and her husband Daryl stitched together a home where their children could grow and thrive in a family where their love was never in doubt.

She organized the family business, Hinderer Bros., and was the office from the beginning, teaching herself bookkeeping, invoicing, and running the payroll.

As her family prospered, she brought that discipline and order into other areas. With camping trips, whether crawdad feeds with friends at Ridgway Reservoir in Colorado or boating around Lake Powell in Arizona, she meticulously planned and made sure nothing was ever forgotten. She was into the details.

Janet applied herself fully to everything. She decided to get into better shape, and so she exercised very faithfully five days a week, rarely missing a day. She proved that if you workout on an elliptical machine long enough, you’ll eventually be exercising next to Oprah. And when she and her husband organized the coffee at their church, it was task lists, volunteer schedules, alternates, materials organized, and good coffee!

With all of this discipline and order, you’d expect someone stern and cold, but Janet was the opposite of that. She was warm, compassionate, and expressed pure sweetness and joy to all around her. She would apologize to every worm she baited before casting it into the water in search of walleye.

She loved to sing, beginning with her brothers when they as children toured churches in the Pacific Northwest singing gospel songs such as “He the Pearly Gates Will Open” and “Ain’t Got Time” to the congregations in tight family harmonies.

Her faith was strong, and many of her lifelong friendships were founded within the church. God was a comfort and solace to her during her battle with cancer in the last years. And as her time drew to an end, she planned one last trip. Fully researched, with all the information carefully laid out in a spreadsheet. She saw her grown children, held and hugged her four grandchildren, and one last time was able to experience the lo! ve and joy of that which was her greatest project.

Janet Hinderer is survived by her husband of 38 years, Daryl Hinderer, of Durango, Colo.; children Bryce Hinderer of Los Alamos, N.M., Darren Hinderer of Portland, Ore., and Julie Cron of Ketchikan, Alaska; brothers Larry Erickson of Fargo, and Rod Erickson of Bismarck; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 20, 2013, at the River Church, in Durango, Colo.

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