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CREURER, Josephine Marie Térèse Françoise

September 14, 1927 — October 16, 2019

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Josephine Creurer (née Carfantan) of Kelowna, BC passed away at the age of 92.

Jo, as she liked to be called, or Aunt Phine to her many nieces and nephews, was born September 14, 1927 on a farm near St. Brieux, SK to Alexandre and Jeanne Yvonne (Le Borgne) Carfantan.  Jo attended Convent school in her early years, then provided care during her mother’s final illness.  For a short time, she worked for a family in Saskatoon before returning to her hometown where she married Etienne (Steve) Creurer in 1950.  They raised six children, Gerard, Stella, Richard, Rita (Ted), Philip and Ian (Cindy).  Jo understood the different personalities of her children; she always said they were each their own person.  Jo and Steve raised their family in locations from BC to Quebec, with many years in Saskatoon before retiring to Kelowna.  She was also a lovely grandmother, always tucking toys around her house, and playing Lego or enjoying movies with her grandchildren.

Jo had children at home for over 36 years.  During this time, she enjoyed quiet pastimes like playing cards, listening to an occasional daytime soap, reading, or writing letters, but she also loved to laugh and dance.  Her house was spotless and tidy, yet completely kid friendly and comfortable.  When family was nearby, there were large dinners with siblings and their families, and a few nights playing boisterous games of bridge.  Jo and Steve opened their doors to friends and family, especially in times of need; many relatives coming to Saskatoon for medical care had a bed to sleep in and a seat at the table.  Travel was unusual in their time, but Jo and Steve travelled to New Orleans, Palm Springs, Cape Breton Island and Halifax.  Jo also made a trip to Europe in the company of her son, Philip.  When the kids were older, Jo worked a few jobs outside of the house to keep herself busy, volunteered with the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) for many years, and took up occasional hobbies like water colours.  She spent countless hours walking around Kelowna.

Jo was predeceased by her husband Steve after 46 years of marriage, by two infant brothers, by brothers Gerard, Joseph and Alfred and by sisters Marie, Cecile and Laurette.  She is survived by her sisters Térèse and Yvette, her six children, grandchildren Paul (Brittany) McMillan, Benjamin (Jacqueline) McMillan, Adam Creurer, and Kyla Slusar and by great-grandchildren Oliver, Amelia, Marley, Jonah and Lila.

The Funeral Service will be presided over by Bishop Gregory Bittman with Josephine’s son, Fr. Philip Creurer, as concelebrant. It will be held Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 750 Rutland Road N, Kelowna BC, followed by reception before interment.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, alzheimer.ca/en/Home.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

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The service for CREURER, Josephine Marie Térèse Françoise is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:30 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Corpus Christi Catholic Church

750 Rutland Rd N Kelowna, BC


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  • Laura & James Zimmerman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all,
    May you be united in your prayers,
    Peace In Christ- Amen

  • Holly & Chris Fenrick says:

    We are saddened with your loss of your mother. Wishing you comfort as you remember those special moments and carry them in your heart.

  • Don Doyle says:

    Rita and Ted our thought and prayers are with u
    We have made a donation to the organization of your choice
    Don and Diane Doyle

  • Bill Stinson says:

    Sincere sympathies to you and your family, Stella. It sounds like your mom had a full, and enjoyable life, thanks to her family and extended family..

  • Lee Ann Greenwood says:

    Stella I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Wanda Lefebvre says:

    My thoughts and prayers are will all of you. I have fond memories of my times spent in Saskatoon visiting.

  • Marilyn and John Mevel says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Auntie Phines family, a smile always comes to my face when I think of Auntie Phine. I always thought of her as a gentle soul. Let’s keep in touch.

  • Denise Mansiere says:

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers on reading of the passing of your Mother. What a lovely lady, who made me feel so welcome when I moved back to Sask. Your home in ST. Brieux was a nice place to stop after mass. Then again in Saskatoon. on our return visits.

    Aurevoir ma chere Josepine

  • The Staff at NAMC says:

    Rita and family, We are sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother, however, we have enjoyed reading the story of her life! Many blessings to you all.

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