Oak Harbor community celebrates lives of twins killed in crash

Oak Harbor community celebrates lives of twins killed in crash
OAK HARBOR, Wash. - Hundreds of people gathered at Oak Harbor High School on Saturday to remember former students Janeah and Janesah Goheen and the love, joy and friendship the twin sisters offered to them.

"They had an amazing bond from the get-go, rarely did I see one without the other," said family friend Karen TePaske.

"Janeah and Janesah were fun, loved life and lived it to the fullest. They loved people animals and music," said TePaske.

The sisters and a friend were on their way to visit haunted houses in Seattle when troopers say a driver crossed the line on Highway 20 and hit the car the girls were in. Janeah died at the scene and Janesah died 11 days later.

"If Nesah had woken up she would have had been without her harmony when Neah was already giving singing lessons to the angels," said family friend Christina Federighi, who mentioned singing and music were the twins' passion. The sisters loved performing for their family and friends and for each other.

"Each of us is here today because we are part of their song," said Federighi.

"Neah and Nesah absolutely loved each other. They were always together and truly complimented one another," said childhood friend Anne TePaske.
TePaske spoke of childhood memories - the twins climbing trees, losing their first teeth and battling chicken pox.

"I remember when they got the chicken pox and the whole Sunday school made these weird cards out of paper bags that looked like faces with spots on them that said 'Get well soon'," said TePaske

The Oak Harbor community finds comfort knowing the sisters are still together. The twins once told their mom they couldn't imagine their lives apart.

"We live in a great community. They made it better," said Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley.

During his remarks, he shared a message with the Goheen family - "We are here with you because you're not just a resident, you are not just a neighbor. You are family."