Janet C. Solem Drangstveit, 80

Portland, OR – Janet Carol Solem was born August 27, 1937 at Grygla to parents Otto and Caroline (Austinson) Solem. She passed away May 17, 2018 peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, after fighting a four year battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Memorial Services to be held at a later date in Portland, OR.
Janet attended country school for seven years and eighth grade in the village of Grygla. She then attended high school in Thief River Falls, graduating in 1955. After graduation she worked at Brown & Biglow in St. Paul for one year before returning to Thief River and accepted a job at Northwestern Hospital, here she met Orvin Drangstveit.
Janet and Orvin were married November 4, 1957 at Trinity Lutheran Church in TRF. They lived in several different cities including Williston and Grand Forks, ND, Portland, OR, Albert Lea and the past several years back in Portland, OR.
Janet was mainly a stay at home mom but worked part time in retail and several years as a receptionist at her husbands optical business.
Janet was an avid reader and had her own library. She loved company and always left the coffee pot on. Friends, neighbors and relatives were welcomed with much chatting, laughing and joking. She was an accomplished artist and had many of her paintings displayed in her home.
Janet and Orvin were long time members of the Sons of Norway lodge, where Janet was secretary for several years. She loved going to northwest Minnesota to pick blueberries and cranberries to make jams and jellies for her friends and family. The things she loved most were her children, grand children and great grandchildren. She would always speak of them with a smile on her face.
Janet is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Orvin. Cherished children Melody Drangstveit and her daughter Tara (Jaime) Pacheco; Dion (Kathy) Drangstveit and their sons Hunter & Ryder; Son in law Norman Adkins and his sons Lance, Kyler and Carson. Great Grandchildren Tristin and Mija Pacheco and Kellen Adkins. Sisters Ramona (Moni) (Richard) Larson of Andover; Joice Sebastian of Sauk Rapids; brother John (Cheryl) of Roseau. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Tami Jo Adkins in 2010.
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