Janet “Jan” Cassell

Janet “Jan” Cassell was born in Billings, to Arthur and Virginia Powell on March 23, 1952. Surrounded by love, she passed away on Jan. 29, 2014 after a short battle with brain cancer. Jan married William “Friar” Cassell in 1974. Together they owned and managed many restaurants in Montana and Colorado spending most of the time in Red Lodge. Her beloved son Bill was born in Red Lodge in 1975. Early schooling was in Lockwood. Because of circumstances she started working at a young age. After her divorce she decided to complete her education and proudly received her GED and certificates in bookkeeping and accounting. Throughout her life Jan was a hard worker, being employed by many businesses in Red Lodge.

From places such as the Red Lodge Cafe where she was a waitress for many years (which remained a favorite place of hers) to Water’s Men’s Store as a clerk and lastly Moosely Tees to name a few. What Jan was most was a caregiver; always putting other’s needs before her own. For years she took care of Betty Waters and Margaret Cameron, fondly calling them her “little old ladies”, taking them anywhere they need to go as well as caring for her own mother Virginia. Her concern for others was paramount. She touched many lives with her kindness and gentle ways. Her caring presence will be greatly missed by many, including the children she loved so much. Jan was a devout member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, belonged to the Altar Society, and proudly served on the hospitality committee for many years. She was preceded in death by her father Art Powell; brother Steve “Bubba” Powell; sister Mary Posillico, and nephew Scott Powell.

She is survived by her mother Virginia of Red Lodge; the light of her life son Bill and his fiancé Dawn of Winnett; grandson Garrett Cassell of Lake Bay, Wash.; brother Dave Powell of Wis.; treasured nieces April Webb and Laura Powell; Jordan and Kiera Jew-Posillico; her “adopted sons” J.R. Meyers and T.J. Clark; the Cassell family in Colorado; and special friends Linnhe Reed and Mary LeFebvre who were with her every step of this last journey. Thanks to all the staff at Cedar Wood Villa and Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge for their compassionate care. A special thanks to all who contributed to Jan’s Wellness Fund. In lieu of flowers contributions can still be made to the fund at First Interstate Bank to help pay for funeral expenses. A memorial mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic in Red Lodge, with a luncheon reception to follow.