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Chrenek, Lisa

Passed away unexpectedly on February 27, 2013 at the age of 43. She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years Jim, their two daughters Meg and Josie, parents Denis and Claire Garner. She is sadly predeceased by her sister Nicola Armitage. There will be a celebration of Lisa’s life on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. There will be a celebration of Lisa’s life in Grande Prairie at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BC Alzheimer Society, Suite 307 – 1664 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8N3.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for Chrenek, Lisa is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Cheryl Ash says:

    Jim, Meg & Josie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family.

    Although I have never met you, I have heard so many wonderful stories about each of you. I have had the pleasure of being friend and classmate with Lisa for the last 3 years. I will miss our amazing talks and visits. Lisa made life brighter to everyone she had contact with, and her love for her family was shared with all of us at UBC. Lisa will be greatly missed.

  • Nikki Davidson says:

    Lisa’s family- I am so sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet Lisa in our university program. Lisa was a ray of light and I am happy to have had the chance to meet her. The world has lost an amazing person. My condolences.

  • Sue Gorges says:

    Jim, Meg, Josie, and family

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and daughter. She was a very special lady.
    Please know that our hearts share this tragic loss with your family, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
    May the lovely memories of Lisa help bring you some bright moments in the days ahead.
    With our sincere condolences and love to all of you

    The Gorges and Anderson family

  • Derek, Dorothy&Andrew Barley and Catherine says:

    Jim, Josie and Meg

    Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

    Lisa will be missed by us all as she was a very special niece and cousin. We pray to God that he gives you all, including Claire and Denis, courage and strength during this very difficult time.

    We will cherish all the happy memories in our hearts forever.

    God bless to all of you

    Derek, Dorothy, Andrew and Cat

  • Brittney Stanway says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to be in the Social Work program with Lisa and she was always a ray of light on our classes. She was such a warm, kind person who always offered encouraging words to those around her. My whole heart sincerely goes out to the family. She was truly a beautiful soul in every sense.

  • Don Wright & Anne Carroll says:

    Jim, Josie and Meg
    We are so sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Take care.
    Don and Anne

  • Liz and Lorne Smith says:

    Dear Jim, Meg, Josie and family. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the loss of your loved one Lisa. She was a sweet intelligent woman, with a vibrante personality. Lorne and I had the pleasure at our most recent staff Christmas party to chat with Lisa. We talked in length about how wonderful her two girls Josie, Meg and husband Jim were. She was excited about finishing school and looked forward to beginning a career. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Regards, Liz, Lorne and family

  • John Whitmore says:

    Dear Jim,
    I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about Lisa. I’m in shock to here this news. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughters during this time.
    John Whitmore

  • Rod Kramer says:

    We have thought of You and Lisa often over the years and are deeply saddened by the news of Her sudden passing. Our sympathies and prayers go out to You, Josie, Meg, Family and Friends.
    Shelly & Rod

  • James Allison says:

    Jim, I can’t imagine how you are feeling but I wanted to express my condolences to you. If there is anything I can do at all please let me know.


  • Mark Lyon says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
    God bless,

  • Tom Horn says:

    Jim and family:

    It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest condolences to you all.


  • Lisa Lincoln says:

    Dear Jim, Josie and Meg,
    Words cannot express how devastated we are to hear of your loss. Lisa was such a dear friend.
    I cannot remember a time when Lisa was not in my life & am blessed to have many wonderful memories of our childhood on Louden Road. Shows on the garden for our Mums, trips to the park and soup mornings in Uncle Denis’ shed, the meeting place for the “Sunflower Club”.

    When the move to Canada came ( long before video!), we would send messages and songs to each other. Lisa blossomed from a shy quiet girl into a fun loving young woman with a zest for life. We shared good times and some not so good.

    Our friendship has stood the test of time and survived the miles between us. A testimony to the values Lisa held close to her heart.

    I cannot begin to imagine what you are all going through, but hope that in the difficult days ahead you can all take comfort from your treasured memories.

    We will miss her so very much.

    With love to you all,
    Lisa, Jason, Hannah, Harriet and Will.

  • Andrew says:

    To Lisa’s family, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I went to school with Lisa and have nothing but fond memories of her. She was a kind woman with a warm smile and wonderful laugh, she will be greatly missed by all those that knew her.

  • Dale & Jacki Gobin says:

    Jim, Josie & Meg. Our heart goes out to you and your family. We are very saddened about Lisa’s passing. Our very deepest sympathy.

  • Tim and Jeannie says:

    Dear Jim and family , we are very saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing .She was such a vibrant ,warm ,and loving person .We admired her enthusiasm and excitement about her new studies.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.We are sorry we cannot be at her celebration of life to offer our condolences in person,but our thoughts will be with you and the girls now and for the months to come .
    Much love ,
    Tim and Jeannie Bird

  • Marc Bellerive & Christine Hartley says:

    Dear Jim and family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss.

    Marc & Chris

  • Marc Bellerive & Christine Hartley says:

    Jim and family, Chris & I are so sorry for your loss

    MArc & Chris

  • Rose Dorey, Ricardo & Leah Romero says:

    Dear Jim, the girls (twins), & family.

    May the God of all comfort be with the whole family.

    Our hearts feel much sorrow when we heard the news about the passing away of Lisa – a beautiful lady with much talent.

  • Brian and MaryJane Coleman says:

    Jim, Josie & Meg. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

    We cannot begin to imagine what you are all going through, but hope that in the difficult days ahead your faith, and fond memories will help to sustain you all.

    Brian and MJ Coleman

  • Heather & Hugh Alexander says:

    Jim & Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss and are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sending heartfelt prayers and love your way.

    Heather & Hugh Alexander

  • George & Una Porter says:

    Jim, Meg & Josie
    We are so sorry for your loss. Each Christmas since your move we looked forward to a happy note & card from Lisa. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Lisa’s parents

  • George & Una Porter says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Each Christmas since your move we have looked forward to a happy note and card from Lisa. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Lisa”s parents.

  • Crystal Kneller says:

    Dear Lisa’s family.
    I am so saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. Last year Lisa was part of the Inside/Out Violence Prevention Program for Youth at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. She was a valued and respected member of our team. She contributed to breaking the cycle of abuse by bringing awareness about healthy relationships, to youth in Kelowna. She had such a warm heart and always put full effort into he work. She will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have met her.
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. God Bless you, Lisa.

    I have included a picture of her and our team in 2012.

  • Erica Woolley says:

    Jim, Josie, Meg, Denis & Claire,

    I feel very blessed you were able to share her with me. I can’t tell you how sorry I am of your loss. The world will never be the same without her.

    I met Lisa in 2008 when we both attended Okanagan College. We were both older students taking classes in hopes to get into the Social Work program. I remember the first day feeling insecure and out of place. Lisa sat down beside me and made sure I had a friend. I enjoyed our lunches and studying for exams together where we’d quiz each other to the point we’d drive the Professors crazy. Academics came so naturally to her and she talked about going on to complete her MSW. I drove to OC today to see all the places we shared some of our best memories together. I am in complete shock over her passing.

    We laughed, cried and shared our hopes for the future together. Even after I dropped out of UBCO Lisa insisted we continue our lunch dates at Milestone’s. I never had a friend that went out of their way to make me feel wanted like Lisa did. She was always going the extra mile for everyone else. I wish I could’ve done more for her or found a way to repay all she brought to my life. She was like a big sister who mentored and taught me how to become a better person. She was wise beyond her years.

    My life will never be the same. Every time I look at my cell I keep expecting to receive one of her witty messages. I loved her sense of humor and will miss her vibrant energy. I will never forget you Lisa. Every moment we had I will hang on to and every memory I will cherish forever. While our time together was too short our friendship will last a lifetime.

  • Melanie Sturgeon & Bruce Cook says:

    The Plan of the Master Weaver

    Our lives are but fine weavings that God and we prepare,
    Each life becomes a fabric planned and fashioned in God’s care.
    We may not always see just how the weavings intertwine,
    But we must trust the Master’s hand and follow God’s design,
    For God can view the pattern upon the upper side,
    While we must look from underneath and trust in God to guide…
    Sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to the plan,
    And though it’s difficult for us, we still must understand
    That it’s God who fills the shuttle; it’s God who knows what’s best,
    So we must weave in patience and leave to God the rest…
    Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
    Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why —
    The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver’s skilful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern God has planned.
    – Author Unknown

    Jim, Josie & Megan- Bruce and I are thinking of you at this difficult time. Remembering your visit to Deep Bay and enjoying your company, good wine, and laughs.

  • Debbie & Joe LeBlanc says:

    Dear Jim Meg & Josie

    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Lisa.

    Our hearts & prayers are with you and your family.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    Debbie & Joe LeBlanc

  • Mary & Stuart Fogg says:

    Dear Jim, Meg & Josie,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our beautiful niece and beloved cousin Lisa will be sadly missed. Fondest memories of Lisa will never fade and she will be in our hearts forever.
    An angel has gained her wings.
    Thinking of you all and sending all our love,
    Mary, Stuart, Laura, Rachel, Micky, Darren & Jenson xxxxx

  • Mary Jean Vangenne says:

    Dear Jim, Meg and Josie;

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family. Just recently I was telling a friend about what a good time we had with you as neighbours in Grande Prairie!
    With love and hugs Mary Jean

  • Gerrie says:

    I did not know Jim and the girls, but I did know the Garner family. My thoughts and prayers are with both families.

  • Sana Mohammed says:

    Lisa’s loss has been a tough one to deal with, simply because she was a bright light in our social work classes. She was so full of life and always smiling. Everytime I spoke with her I thought about how perfect she was. Lisa, you were absolutely beautiful inside and out, so well spoken, and so intelligent. Your memory lives on and I will miss you greatly.

  • Gail Haakstad says:

    Dear Jim: Our sincere sympathy to you and the girl’s in the loss of Lisa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Carmen and Gail Haakstad

  • Carolyn Vasileiou says:

    Dear Jim, girls, and family:
    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a vibrant, bright light that is gone way too early. She was my hairdresser when you were in Grande Prairie, and I loved her.

    God bless you.

  • Derek Cook says:

    Jim, Josie and Meg,
    I only learned of Lisa’s passing last night and I am still trying to come to grips with the loss of a dear friend. I cannot imagine the grief that you are dealing with right now but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I have never met the three of you, I have heard so many good things about you from Lisa over the five years that I have known her since she started her studies at Okanagan College. One central theme in all of our conversations was the importance of her family, her pride in the three of you and your accomplishments, and her love for you. I hope that this brings some comfort in such a difficult time.
    Derek Cook

  • Shirley Braun & George Merklinger says:

    We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our condolences to you, your families and friends.

  • Shirley Braun & George Merklinger says:

    We are so very sorry to hear this heart breaking news…our condolences to family and friends.

  • Sandy & Sean Sargent says:

    Jim and family, I was so saddened to hear of Lisa’s passing. I was in the play Noises Off with her many years ago and she was truly a wonderful person to be around. May your hearts find peace.

  • Jason Lincoln says:

    Dear Jim, Josie & Meg,

    I know that Lisa has already penned a message to you but I felt I wanted to add a few words of my own.

    Lisa, myself, Bernice, Helen, Elaine & Kath watched Lisa’s memorial service “live” at our home on Wednesday evening.

    Obviously it was very emotional viewing but we all agreed that it was a wonderful and fitting tribute to such a well loved and beautiful lady.
    The Eulogy and speeches were so heartfelt and very well delivered in such difficult circumstances.

    Auntie Claire was unbelievably brave to read out her beautiful poem and I am sure that Lisa would be very approving of the way the service was conducted with such love and care.

    You certainly did her proud!

    We send our love and hope that you are able to draw some comfort from the knowledge that your friends and family are here for you always.

    Please take care and we hope to see you soon.

    All our love, Jason, Lisa, Hannah, Harriet and Wil xxx

  • Jan and Peter Woolsey says:

    With deepest sympathy to you and the girls. Lisa was a shining light during our 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie as part of our Sponsoring Servicing Team. Our team of women shared many laughs and Lisa’s laughter and smiles always added to the gaiety in the room. We are so very sad for your loss.

  • Rae Anne Langdon says:

    Jim and family:
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear wife and mother. May memories of the love you shared be a comfort to you. With prayers of sympathy,
    Rae Anne Langdon

  • Michelle Gairdner says:

    Jim and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lisa was a ray of sunshine and I so enjoyed knowing her. She made a huge impact on my daughter when Jeanne was very young.

  • the Wadeys says:

    Words cannot express our sorrow. Know that we are thinking of you. Anything we can do, just ask.

  • Marie Yurychuk says:

    Dear Jim and Family;
    I’m deeply saddened by the loss of your wife Jim. Please know that you’re in my thoughts. God Bless
    Marie Yurychuk

  • Lori Jansen says:

    Dear Jim, Meg, & Joise.

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Lisa at UBCO in the Social work Program. I am deeply saddened to hear the sad news of her passing. My heart is breaking for all of you. I know that there isnt anything I can say or do that will make any of you feel better. However, Lisa was a generous & beautiful spirit. Her love of family and her children came through everyt time I spoke to her. I know that she loved her girls so much simply because of the way she spoke of both of you ( my dad was the same way before he passed away). I will miss Lisa’a openness and willingness to learn and share.

  • Gill and Dave Walker says:

    Dear Jim,Josie & Meg
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tragic time. Lisa will always have a special place in our hearts we will remember her with love, pride and the smile she always had.
    Heartbroken Auntie Gill, Uncle Dave and family x x x

  • Charlene Dorey says:

    Dear Jim, Josie, Meg, Denis and Claire,
    Thinkinig of you all tonight and wish I could be there. Sending hugs and prayers your way.
    Love Charlene, Darren & Jayden Dorey

  • Rob and Denise Wall and Family says:

    Dear Jim, Meg and Josie. So very sorry for you’re loss. Lisa was a beautiful lady and great wife and Mother. Keep her memories in you’re hearts always. We are thinking of you.

    Rob and Denise and family

  • Steve Mazer says:

    To Jim and Family,

    I just found out about Lisa today through a friend who still lives in Grande Prairie, and I am so sad to hear the tragic news. I can’t even begin to imagine how you all must feel.

    Lisa and I were close for a short time in high school. She was a vibrant, wonderful person, and she was well loved by everyone who was close with her. Judging by the comments on this page, I can see that she continued to be well loved throughout her life, and will be dearly missed.

    Steve Mazer

  • Leanne Delaney says:

    I am truly sorry to hear about Lisa. I was a class mate of hers in Grande Prairie. I am not sure what got me thinking about her in the last few weeks but I started a search and found out this terrible news . I am so sorry for your family’s loss.
    She was such a sweet girl and it appears as if she contined to be so through out her life . She will be missed

  • La Chelle Yates says:

    “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves lives a memory no one can steal”. It is good to know that death is not the end. The creator, has promised that our precious dear ones will have the opportunity to live again, in paradise. Psalms37:29 tell us: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it”. So we look forward to seeing Lisa again in paradise. In the meantime we will draw close to our Creator and his son Jesus Christ in prayer, and the Bible promises that “he himself will sustain you”. Psalm 55:22

    La Chelle Yates

  • Judith Newham says:

    To Jim, Megan&Josie, Denis&Claire,

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Lisa. I went to primary school with Lisa and she was a friend of mine before she went to Canada. I have fond memories of the pranks & adventures we used to get up to at Girl Guides. She was a lovely person.

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    With love,

    Judith & family

  • Victoria Cox says:

    Jim, Meg & Josie, I knew Lisa as a fellow mum when I lived in Kelowna a few years ago before moving back to the UK. I found it hard to settle in Canada, and Lisa was one of the few people I met who showed me true warmth, kindness and empathy. She was a lovely, lovely lady – a real people person who could make anyone feel at ease. I admired her so much – for her devotion to her family & her ambitions for her studies & new career in social work. It was her that inspired me to enrol on a degree course as a mature student.
    She always had such a zest for life and contagious enthusiasm.
    Wishing you strength and courage for the times ahead, and I hope that one day you can take comfort that you had such a wonderful woman in your lives as a wife and mother.

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