Janel Dockter, 51, Minot, formerly of Dickinson, Bismarck and Bowbells, went home to be with God, Thursday, June 20, 2013, with her loving family by her side.
Janel was born on July 7, 1961, to William and Mildred (Kadrmas) Jablonsky, in Dickinson, where she grew up on a farm located approximately 20 miles northeast of town. She always was one of the first on the school bus each morning and the last one off for many, many years while attending 12 years in the Dickinson School System. She graduated high school in 1979 and went on to further her education at Bismarck Junior College in the fall, pursuing a degree in office administration. She met Mike Dockter that same year and after several years of dating they were united in marriage on May 10, 1985, in Dickinson.
Janel worked at various locations throughout her life including North Dakota Agriculture Extension Services and several banks before finally settling into a career involving social services work.
The couple was relatively nomadic, living in Tucson, Ariz., Aberdeen, S.D., Devils Lake, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Portal.
Janel and Mike finally established themselves in Bowbells in 1988, where Janel worked for Burke County Social Services as an eligibility worker for many years.
Janel moved to Bismarck in 2005 and worked for Morton County Social Services before moving to Minot the next year, where she went to work for Ward County Social Services. The couple built their home in Minot in 2007, where the family currently resides.
Their first child, Kaylee Ann, was born July 25, 1992, with Kelsey Lynn following soon after, born on March 9, 1995. Julie Rose made her entrance into the world on Nov. 29, 1996, and when the Dockter couple thought they were done with their family, Nicholas Michael made his appearance on June 29, 1998.
Janel’s life revolved around and was entirely centered on her children. Most of her free time was spent at school events, dance recitals, cheerleading, basketball, 4-H, gymnastics, baseball, volleyball, piano practice and recitals, soccer games, Boy Scouts and among many other things. It was a rare sight to see her without at least one of her children at her side.
She tolerated numerous pets brought home by the children including dogs, ducks, song birds, pheasants, turtles, fish, salamanders, crayfish and rabbits. Her children always brought a smile to her face despite the trouble they would occasionally get into and the messes they would make. She adored her flower and vegetable gardens and if time permitted she would sneak in a game of bingo. She enjoyed spending many hours at their Van Hook cabin, often walking on the Lake Sakakawea beach, sunbathing and fishing nearly every summer since 1991.
Janel’s loving family includes; husband, Mike Dockter; children, Kaylee, Kelsey, Julie and Nick Dockter, all of Minot; parents, William and Mildred Jablonsky, Dickinson; siblings, Karen (Dwayne) Semerad, Rapid City, S.D., Carleen (Dean) Dvorak, Manning, JoAnn (Russ) Hoff, Galen (Janel) Jablonsky, Dean (Tammie) Jablonsky and Jim (Julie) Jablonsky, all of Dickinson; father-in-law, Ervin Dockter, Devils Lake; brother-in-law, Jim (Charlotte) Dockter, Cheyenne, Wyo.; special cousin, Carol (Jerry) Zent, Bismarck; and best friend, Kim Guderjahn, Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Janel was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Myrna Dockter, and all of her grandparents.
Janel fought a courageous battle with breast cancer, and the world is a lesser place without her presence in it. She always was quick to smile and joke with people she met and enjoyed life to its fullest. Her favorite quote for many situations was “It is what it is.”
She was a very good mother, looking after her four children and building them into the responsible young adults they are today. What is a loss to the ones she left behind is a huge gain to heaven above. She is deeply missed by her family, friends and co-workers.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Entombment: 3 p.m. MDT on Monday, June 24, at the Dickinson Mausoleum, Dickinson.
Visitation: Today, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Today at 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).