Janet Laura DeAngeles Beekman was born in the central valley of CA just before the start of WWII, I am the second daughter of a sweet, loving, silent-type, dark & handsome first-generation Italian dad and a strong, opinionated, blond & lively Scots-Irish-English mom who was never at a loss for words. I grew up in an “Ozzie & Harriet” type of home with a mom who was a housewife and a dad who went out to work each day. Except, my dad didn’t go to work in a suit, carrying a briefcase. He owned a smelly Tallow Works and wore blue-collar pants & shirt, drove a truck, and picked up dead animals and meat scraps from old-fashioned, saw-dust-on-the-floor butcher shops. And my mom didn’t wear an apron and stay in the kitchen or clean house all day. She was the secretary/bookkeeper for dad’s business and the office was attached to our home. My best friends were Tiofila and Engracia, the little girls next door whose dad worked for mine (I later learned the hard way what it meant that they were “illegals” from Mexico). I’ll write about that someday on my blog.
My hobbies have been many, but top of the list always has involved something musical. I love to sing. I play the accordion and used to play the clarinet. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve going to my music lessons on Saturdays with my mom or attending a week of summer Music Camp at the College of the Pacific about 50 miles from my home. Later I would graduate from COP – College of the Pacific, Stockton, CA (which became UOP – the University of the Pacific – my senior year). I spent a happy career in education – teaching all ages, from K to adult.
My husband of 55+ years, Bob, and I were married shortly after my college graduation. We have two children, 7 grandchildren, and one great-grandson – with another great on the way. I will write about them in my blogs as time goes by. Bob & I retired to Ennis, Montana in 2016. It’s a wonderful community with gorgeous vistas and delightful, loving people. You’ll see the sites and meet the people as you visit JanBeek.
Let’s get started!