MARTENS, (nee Caldwell) Janet Mary
April 7, 1945 - July 25, 2023
On July 25, 2023, our beloved Janet passed away and went to be with Jesus, her Saviour and Lord, and to a Glorious reunion in Heaven with many loved ones who have gone before. Janet was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 7, 1945, to Ailie and Cyril Caldwell. Her family moved to Guelph, Ontario, then to The Bahamas, Comox, B.C., and Burnaby, B.C., where her father died when Janet was seven years old. Janet attended 11 different schools before graduating from Aldergrove High School in 1963. She attended Trinity Junior College in Langley, Biola University in Los Angeles, and UBC where she gained her teacher's accreditation.
In 1968 Janet married Dave Martens and together they raised their two children and expanded their home to include Brad Johnson and Diane Seddon, a special needs angel who God put in their care for 20 years. Janet started her teaching career at Otter Elementary in 1967 and then took time off to raise her children and complete her Degree at TWU in 1989, before returning to teach at Langley Fundamental School. She excelled as a teacher-librarian and was adored by her students and greatly appreciated by the parents and staff. She retired from teaching in 2003 in order to pursue her passion for flower gardening and to travel with Dave, both in their RV and to visit places in the world they had always dreamed of seeing. The way Janet loved and served others sprang from her unwavering faith in God and her life purpose to live for Him. She consistently opened her heart, her purse, and her home to reach out to those in need. As a result there is a great multitude of recipients of that love who cherish her in return. Janet is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dave, daughter Shannon (Kevin) Lawrence, son Jay (Krista) Martens, "adopted" son Brad (Myra) Johnson, Grandchildren - Ben and Noah Lawrence, Rebecca and Jack Martens, Sisters - Jean (Bill) Arnold, Erin (Mike) Caldwell plus a very large extended family.
There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Janet's life on September 2nd at 1 p.m. at Town + Field Church located at 20719 48th Avenue, Langley, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet's memory to Trinity Western University 22500 University Drive, Langley, B.C. V2Y 1Y1 Re: Ailie Caldwell Memorial Scholarship Email: firstname.lastname@example.org