Janice Elaine (Foster) Bensel

Born: Sat., Dec. 4, 1937
Died: Fri., May 1, 2015

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Janice Elaine Foster Bensel

Pilot Rock, Oregon

December 4, 1937 – May 1, 2015


Janice Elaine (Foster) Bensel was born December 4, 1937 in Pendleton, Oregon.  She was the first of two daughters born to Alva (Al) and Margot Jane (Gilliland) Foster.  She spent her growing up years in the Pendleton area and graduated from Pendleton Sr. High in 1955. 

On July 28, 1955 she married Donald H. Bensel and for eleven years was a stay-at-home mom taking care of their three children.  When their last child started school she attended Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon College to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  In the fall of 1969 she began teaching seventh and eighth grade English and Literature at the Pilot Rock Jr. High.  After earning her Master’s Degree in counseling from Western Oregon College in 1980 she became a full time counselor for the Pilot Rock High School student body.  She retired in 1993 so she could spend more time with her family and friends. 

Her interests in life centered around her family, her students, her church and her love to travel.  She had several great trips around the world and had the opportunity to learn about other cultures.  She liked to run road races and to backpack with her family and friends. 

She is survived by her husband, Don; sons, Todd & wife Lyla, and Kelly & wife Brenda; daughter, Becky & her husband Mike Colcord; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Campbell, three nieces and one nephew.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Mike Campbell and one great-grandson, Brody Bensel. 

No service is planned and the burial will be private.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.  

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