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Obituary: Olinger, Dr. Janella Lyn

 (Lynda Photography)
(Lynda Photography)

Age 48

OLINGER, Dr. Janella Lyn
(Age 48)

Lost a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma on August 9th, 2012 at her home in Golden, Colorado.
Janella was born on November 14th, 1963 in Spokane Washington, the third daughter to Jim and Jannette Olinger. By 17 years of age, she had graduated from both West Valley High School and Spokane Community College with an Associate’s Degree as well as a 4.0 GPA. She was accepted to the number one school of pharmacy, University Of California, San Francisco, and to date is the youngest student to ever enroll at UCSF and graduate with a Pharm.D. Her 30-year career began in California, took her across the world to Saudi Arabia for five years and landed her back in Colorado by 1996. Her position in Saudi allowed her the liberty to travel extensively and she took every advantage of this opportunity to explore the ends of the world. She was also an accomplished diver who dove the waters of the South Pacific, Thailand, Australia and especially loved the diversity of the Red Sea.
Janella left her legacy by elevating the bar in her profession. Her 1000’s of colleagues across the world would easily testify to her brilliance. All the students she mentored over the decades still talk about how much they benefitted from her teaching. When she transitioned from hospital pharmacy into industry, first with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and then most recently Allergan, she continued to receive awards and recognition for her high level performance. She excelled in trauma and critical care medicine at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital. In addition, as a Board Certified Specialist in TPN she was an invaluable resource to all hospitals in the Denver area, including University Of Colorado, Children’s Hospital and Exempla Lutheran.
Janella had a host of hobbies and many activities she enjoyed. She started snow skiing at a very early age on Mt. Spokane with her father and two older sisters. She continued to ski into and through her adult life at many resorts including Tahoe area, California and all of the local Colorado resorts. She traded in her skies for snowshoes when Saas Fee, her beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, came into her life. Janella was an accomplished gymnast in junior high. Other more domestic activities included gourmet cooking, quilting, flower gardening, landscaping, interior design and painting. She then decided she needed yet another goal and purchased a Baby Grand piano and spent much of the last decade learning to play.
Janella was magical with kids. She was the Pied Piper of her neighborhood, and known for her ability to entertain and hostess many gatherings that included all ages. Janella was so small in stature and yet led such a magnanimous life. Her laughter was contagious to all who heard it and the silence will now be deafening.
Janella is survived by her 9 year old, Bernese Mountain Dog, Saas Fee; her two sisters, Janiene Rise and husband Kevin Rise, Jacalyn Olinger and husband John Chapman; and her younger brother, James Olinger II and wife Michele Olinger. She also has four nieces, Jenniephier Rise, Chandra Lodl, Mikaela Lodl, Natalie Olinger, and her only nephew, Jaried Rise. She also leaves behind many extended relatives. Her friends are simply too many to mention and they span the globe. All who knew Janella adored and cherished her and her loss makes this world seem a little empty for all of us. She was preceded in death by her parents and Jim and Jannette Olinger.
Memorial services will be held in Colorado and Spokane, Washington as follows:
1. Evergreen Lake House located at 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, Colorado, 80439. Time of the services will be on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at noon -3pm. Lunch will be served at the venue.
2. Foothills Community Church, 11102 North Forker Road, Spokane, WA 99217, Saturday, Sept 1st, 2012, starting at 11am. Lunch will be served.
For those who want to donate, in lieu of flowers, the Janella Olinger Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Janella’s memory. Contributions may be made at on-line or by check payable to Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF), 618 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201-Phone #’s 509-624-2606 / 888-267-5606 please note “Janella Olinger” in check memo.
Janella requested her ashes be distributed over Herman’s Gulch which was her favorite hiking/snowshoeing location to take Saas Fee to.
Thank you for the incredible support of friends, neighbors and family in this time of need. We all helped each other through Janella’s untimely passing by giving and taking strength when needed. Please sign Janella’s Legacy guestbook through


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