ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Do Jasinek. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Linda Johnson on January 13, 2021
It has been many years since I last saw Do but we were tight back in the 1980's through our faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I felt extremely fortunate to have Do in my life as a newly married 22 year-old who had just moved from NYC to San Diego. I was experiencing homesickness, culture shock, marriage shock (after living long distance) and the job hunting blues all at once. Do was normalcy, someone with a lot of common sense and good humor. She helped me make the transition into adult life on the West Coast far from my family and friends. She loved the arts as much as I did, and could make the meanest blueberry muffins. She injected love into everything she did and that was the big takeaway. She lived her faith. There will never be another Do Jasinek. Her passing is a great loss. Changing my faith and going to church every Sunday really paid off when Do was in the mix. Her beautiful, welcoming spirit showed me what it was that made a place feel like home. She lit the way. RIP Do.
Posted by Lynn Jamieson on January 8, 2021
In searching for Do's current phone number, I came upon the obituary on this site. Do was a very special friend to me. I worked for her husband Bill at Johnson County Park and Recreation District from 1973 to 1979. Bill died within the first 1.5 years of my work with him. I got to know Do almost immediately, and we forged a lasting friendship interrupted by our many individual moves across the country. We remained in touch until about 10 years ago, and then time commitments interfered. I spoke to Do around 3 years ago. She was always so energetic and positive--a real role model for living a fulfilling life. Everything she did was upbeat and filled with energy. I will never forget her and will always appreciate the positive influence she had on my life. My deepest condolences to Gary and Carol and Joy and other family members.
Posted by Mona Goetsch on January 1, 2021
Do was the Preschool Director at Bethlehem Lutheran, Encinitas when I came to Bethlehem in 1995 as the music director.  We worked together creating great musical memories for the learning circles, Vacation Bible School and Children's Christmas programs. She also sang in the Good News Singers as an alto and had much fun with Joan Ades as they sang their parts in the pews. In addition, we became good friends and played golf together almost every two weeks on a course near her apartment. I always enjoyed the many parties that Do hosted with the " A" group and would often ask her advice on relationships with others. Her encouragement and positive attitude made all of us do our best.
When I think of Do, I will always remember the phrase that she spoke :
"Life is Good". Do, you were so good to so many of us!
Thank you for leading the way.
Posted by Diane JULIEN on December 30, 2020
Uncanny and sad that I should seek and find a Jasinek link the very week Do passed away. My sympathy to all thé family and renewed never- forgotten friendship to you, Joy and Gary. Your
mother was a référence to me, across thé street in Chula Vista, later in Encinitas. I could talk to her about so many things and she would share her clear insight, with a bright innovative approach to going forward. A beautiful spirit connecting lives...With Love,
Posted by georgellen massey on December 28, 2020
I met Do when my son attended Bethlehem Preschool. He is now 42. Do and I have been friends for almost forty years and will remain my friend in my heart. Thank you Do for being a mentor, role model and always fun and inspirational.
My fun story. years later, is Do explaining to my young adult sons how to make a "High Ball". She was deemed forever cool. 
Posted by georgellen massey on December 27, 2020
I met Do when my son attended Bethlehem Preschool. He is now 42. Do and I have been good friends for almost forty years and she will remain a friend in my heart.
My fun story, years later, is Do explaining to my young adult sons how to make a "High Ball". She was deemed "forever cool".  RIP
Posted by Adam Jasinek on December 26, 2020
Gramma Do, or "GG," was responsible for many rosey memories from my childhood. But the one that sticks out the most in my mind will always be the epic food fight she staged for the two of us in my parent's back yard. She cooked up a five course meal for us - I remember peas, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, among other things. I'm sure she spent an hour or two putting it together just so we could bring it all outside and spend a good ten or fifteen minutes hurling the stuff at each other. If you look through the pictures here, you can see proof of the mess we made.
Do definitely took pride in her kids and grandkids. She liked to make sure I always believed there was something special coming or something to look forward to. She liked to share the things that made her happy. She was and is a role model for me that inspires optimism, energy, and positivity.
When I was 19 I lived in a small detached bedroom in her backyard for a few months. I think I pushed the limits of her positivity during that experience, but she was a good sport about it nonetheless.
No matter how she may have felt inside towards the end, she would always put on a smiling face when I, Laura, or our daughter Abi would come down to visit her.
I'm grateful for the loving care she received from her Son and Daughter and both their spouses as she progressed through her final stages. She lived a robust life and got to affect many others along the way. I hope at the end of my life I can look back and get to experience the comfort and satisfaction she must have felt with her family close by and having accomplished as much as she did.
Posted by Jayne Balma on December 26, 2020
I have such fond and sweet memories of my incredible sister Do! A big sister who was always there for guidance, friendship and fun -- so many memories and so much fun! Everyone knows Do's laugh!!! Do had one of those big personalities and you couldn't help but be lifted up when you were around her. She always signed her notes and letters "Life is good!" She offered people new perspectives in living, loving and parenting through her books and seminars. She was truly a special soul. Now she is on to her next great adventure. Shine on Do! Love you forever.
Posted by Lee Makeever on December 22, 2020
Do was the best “older sister” any one could ever have!  She was my mentor.I followed her everywhere. She will be missed. She encouraged me and my family to move to California for along time but it was not right for us at the time. It turned out to be right for me when I was 73! It so happened I was here then when Do fell running, broke her shoulder and I was able to help her out! God works in mysterious ways!, We had many good visits when she retired to Washington state. Always kept in touch. She was an inspiration. Loved her. Always will. Lee
Posted by Mindy Doss on December 21, 2020
My mother’s big sister, Do, was a maker of happy memories. One summer our family was visiting her in Chula Vista on my birthday. I was turning ten, I think. Aunt Do took me into a bakery and announced, as if I were a princess, ‘Mindy, you may pick out any cake here for your birthday cake!” That was more than 50 years ago and to this day I can remember the euphoria that overtook me at that moment. I can see in my mind the swirl of cakes and colored frostings and smell the sugary delights surrounding me. I am once again a birthday princess searching for my one true love....there, in a glass corner display...orange chiffon, the most perfectly wonderful cake ever made! And it was mine.

Do was highly skilled in creating happy memories that taught us we were deeply known, uniquely important, celebrated and loved well.

Thank you, Aunt Do, from deep in my heart.
Posted by Barbara Nelson on December 20, 2020
Do was a mentor and friend to me as the Director of Bethlehem Preschool. I succeeded her when she moved to Washington to be closer to her family. She was also a spiritual leader as a few of us gathered together to study spiritual philosophy.
One of my favorite memories was when myself and the teaching staff of Bethlehem Preschool sent her up in a hot air balloon for her 60th Birthday. We followed her around in a chase car as she floated over the back country of Del Mar! Not sure who had more fun!
Do was a bright light in this world and I’m sure she’s with her angels now. ❤️Barbara Nelson
Posted by Steven Robinson on December 19, 2020
Do Jasinek did two really great things for me in my life. 

First, Do shared her son Gary with me, who drug my sorry you know what up peaks and down valleys, on adventures only he could dream up. Gary was instrumental in both my professional and personal life development in many multiple ways. I am fortunate to have been able to call him my friend now for many years. 

The second thing Do did for me was to write the book "House of Hearts," published in 1988. The book had this piece of advice in it: "Children need you the most when they're at their worst." That saying always resonated with me, and although I can't say I lived up to its aspiration all the time, I have tried. Thank you, Do, for making me a better parent. Thirty years after you gave us the book, I still know where it is located in our home.

Do Jasinek was a much beloved "ambassador" at Pybus Public Market, a community gathering place in Wenatchee, Washington. The role of an "ambassador" is to greet visitors and help them by answering questions they might have. To no surprise, she did that admirably, displaying a gentleness and kindness that impressed anyone she was around, and demonstrated her genuine interest in every person.

Do Jasinek: a life well lived!



Posted by gary jasinek on December 19, 2020
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Posted by Linda Johnson on January 13, 2021
It has been many years since I last saw Do but we were tight back in the 1980's through our faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I felt extremely fortunate to have Do in my life as a newly married 22 year-old who had just moved from NYC to San Diego. I was experiencing homesickness, culture shock, marriage shock (after living long distance) and the job hunting blues all at once. Do was normalcy, someone with a lot of common sense and good humor. She helped me make the transition into adult life on the West Coast far from my family and friends. She loved the arts as much as I did, and could make the meanest blueberry muffins. She injected love into everything she did and that was the big takeaway. She lived her faith. There will never be another Do Jasinek. Her passing is a great loss. Changing my faith and going to church every Sunday really paid off when Do was in the mix. Her beautiful, welcoming spirit showed me what it was that made a place feel like home. She lit the way. RIP Do.
Posted by Lynn Jamieson on January 8, 2021
In searching for Do's current phone number, I came upon the obituary on this site. Do was a very special friend to me. I worked for her husband Bill at Johnson County Park and Recreation District from 1973 to 1979. Bill died within the first 1.5 years of my work with him. I got to know Do almost immediately, and we forged a lasting friendship interrupted by our many individual moves across the country. We remained in touch until about 10 years ago, and then time commitments interfered. I spoke to Do around 3 years ago. She was always so energetic and positive--a real role model for living a fulfilling life. Everything she did was upbeat and filled with energy. I will never forget her and will always appreciate the positive influence she had on my life. My deepest condolences to Gary and Carol and Joy and other family members.
Posted by Mona Goetsch on January 1, 2021
Do was the Preschool Director at Bethlehem Lutheran, Encinitas when I came to Bethlehem in 1995 as the music director.  We worked together creating great musical memories for the learning circles, Vacation Bible School and Children's Christmas programs. She also sang in the Good News Singers as an alto and had much fun with Joan Ades as they sang their parts in the pews. In addition, we became good friends and played golf together almost every two weeks on a course near her apartment. I always enjoyed the many parties that Do hosted with the " A" group and would often ask her advice on relationships with others. Her encouragement and positive attitude made all of us do our best.
When I think of Do, I will always remember the phrase that she spoke :
"Life is Good". Do, you were so good to so many of us!
Thank you for leading the way.
her Life

Do's obituary

Doris Margaret ("Do") Jasinek died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Middlefield Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Cottage Grove, Oregon. 

Do had slowed down recently, but for almost all of her 96 years she was active and vibrant. She was proud to say she had moved 40 times, in four different states. Each move brought the opportunity for new friends, and she made many great ones. Friends, family and fun were the joys of her life, along with hard work (and fabulous food). She achieved many remarkable accomplishments.
Do was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Hilda and Marion Brethorst, a teacher and a banker. She was the oldest of three sisters.
During World War II, the sisters sang and played piano for USO shows, and Do's wartime efforts also included manufacturing work in a munitions plant.
After the war, Do married a former Navy aviator, Bill Jasinek, also of Joliet. By the time Bill graduated from the University of Illinois, the couple had two children, Joy and Gary.
In the early 1950s, the family moved back to Joliet, where Bill was hired as parks and recreation director. Do's parents and sisters and their families still lived in the area, so there were many opportunities for family gatherings. In 1957, the Jasineks relocated to Chula Vista, California, when Bill was hired for the same position there.
The family would live in that Southern California locale for nearly the next two decades. Do was active in the local Congregational Church, where she worked part time for the church's preschool. Her church connections also led to a job as director for two summers as director of the junior (K-6) camp at Pilgrim Pines church camp in Yucaipa, California. 
But it was her preschool work that would set the course of a career that she would embark on at the age of 50, after Bill died of lung cancer. At the time, Do and Bill were living in Johnson County, Kansas, where Bill had secured another parks and rec director's job.
A widow with no employment and few prospects, Do returned to California and enrolled in educational programs at University of California at San Diego, Pacific Oaks in Pasadena, and, for a summer, the University of London.   
With a degree in early childhood education, she found work as family ministries program administrator for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Encinitas, California, where her teachers formed the core of a group of women Do called her A-listers. Many lively gatherings of that group ensued.
There were always waiting lists for the dozens of parenting classes Do led at the church.
In Encinitas, Do met future prize-winning author Pamela Munoz Ryan, with whom she partnered to write a series of gift books. "How to Build a House of Hearts," "A Family is a Circle of People Who Love You," and "Falling in Fun Again" were published by Compcare and are still available on Amazon.
Later, Do was hired as a consultant to create the first city-funded preschool in Aspen, Colorado, where her daughter, Joy, was a teacher.
Next in her journey, in the 1990s in Gig Harbor and Federal Way, Washington, Do was a pioneer in intergenerational preschools -- set up in assisted-living facilities, where children and elders would intermix to the benefit of all.
Do took up running as a hobby in her 50s, and continued pounding the pavement well into her 70s, when she transitioned into daily walks. She walked up to a mile a day into her 90s.
Even at 92, living in Wenatchee, Washington, she was an active and popular volunteer at the Pybus Market, a community gathering place and farmers market.
Alzheimers and heart issues slowed Do down in recent years, when she lived until October with her son, Gary, and his wife, Carole, in Eugene, Oregon, with daughter Joy and her husband, Tom, nearby.
Other survivors include her sisters, Lee Makeever of San Diego, and Jayne Balma of Tequesta, Florida; grandchildren Bethany Wilkes of Singapore, Andrea Hicks Jasinek of Portland, Oregon, and Adam Jasinek of Bend, Oregon; and two great-grandchildren, Maxine Hicks of Portland and Abigail Jasinek of Bend.
Also remaining are the many good and great friends Do made along the way. 
She was loved.
No public services are planned. Do would have appreciated any donation in her name to the Pybus Foundation, c/o Pybus Public Market, 3 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee, WA 98801.

Recent stories

A one-of-a-kind lady!

Shared by Laura Jasinek on December 28, 2020
While my time with Do was relatively short, I cherish all the time I was able to spend with her. I first met Do in the winter of 2012 when I visited the Jasinek family in Wenatchee, WA. I had started dating her grandson, Adam the previous fall and was quickly welcomed into the family by all, and Do was no exception. She was excited to welcome another member into her family, and after reading some of these stories about her, it seems she did that will all of her friends, welcoming everyone into be apart of her family.

She enjoyed putting on breakfast spreads for Adam, Abigail and me when we'd visit Wenatchee, and later Eugene. She'd fill the time telling life stories of family and cherished friends. 

One of my favorite traditions holiday traditions I've known is her table cloth tradition. For those that do no know, she had this very special red table cloth that her holiday guests would sign and she would later stich over, tracing the signature and date. What a cherished piece of red cloth... made special by Do each and every year since 1974. We had the honor of signing it again this year at a small gathering at a park this holiday season. and even though she's not here to sign it with us, we're surrounded by her presence and love. For that, I am grateful. Thanks for being the sweetest grandmother to me, Do!
Shared by Gail Winterbourne on December 24, 2020
Do Jasinek was an amazing woman. I first met Do when I was in my early twenties, when she was just getting started as the director of Bethlehem Preschool. As so many others have said, Do was a lifelong mentor and friend. She had such a profound effect on me and so many others, and man could she laugh! We had so many moments of near hysterical laughter over the silliest things. There are very few people in life that have the talent, perseverance and love of life that Do did. She loved her children, Gary and Joy, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always spoke so highly of them. 
LIFE IS GOOD
Shared by Marla Jensen on December 20, 2020
Do Jasinek raised an amazing daughter who I have considered my best friend since we were 14 years old. The first time I went to Joy's house as a young teenager, her mom made a lasting impression on me. Do Jasinek was the most positive, encouraging, bubbly, and lively mom ever. Being teenaged girls, Joy and I were skeptical of all the praise and compliments but I have no doubt what that level of boosting did for her family and other's families. 
Joy and I are still close and the love and devotion she has shown to her mother is truly special. Do was a fortunate woman to have such a full life with children and grandchildren to be proud of.