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Jake Janzen’s life was marked by selflessness, generosity, and an unwavering commitment to follow God and to serve others. He was born in Coaldale, Alberta and grew up on a farm in Rutland, just outside of Kelowna. It was there that he learned the values that would shape his life – hard work, honesty, and a deep love for his family and community.

As an elementary school principal in various schools in Penticton, Jake was a confident leader who always put the needs of his students first. He had a gift for bringing people together and creating a sense of unity and purpose, both in his professional and personal life. Jake’s commitment to service extended beyond the classroom, as he volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee both at home and abroad. He and his family even moved to Brazil for two years to work at Pan American Christian Academy (with MB Missions & Services). His selflessness and dedication to making a difference in the world was truly remarkable.One of Jake’s proudest accomplishments was co-founding the Mwanza Project, which supported orphans in need. This was just one of many examples of his deep compassion and commitment to helping others.

Jake was a man of many interests and hobbies. He loved playing games, woodworking, traveling to off-the-beaten-path places (on 5 continents), riding his motorcycle, going for hikes, and spending time with his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and was always up for a good laugh.

But above all else, Jake’s love for his family was unmatched. He was always there for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, offering words of counsel and acts of service whenever they needed it. His love and devotion to his wife Jeanne was a true testament to the power of a lifelong partnership built on trust, respect, and mutual admiration.

Jake enjoyed many years of good health, but was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer in his final years. Throughout this difficult journey, he displayed incredible courage and determination, fighting with all his might to overcome the illness.

Jake is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jeanne, who was his partner in life and in all of his endeavors. He was a devoted husband who cherished his wife and their life together. He is also survived by his children Cyndy Loewen (Mark), Connie Falk (Al), and Stephen Janzen (Ashelyn). His legacy lives on through his 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who will always remember him as a caring and fun-loving grandfather. Grandchildren: Tiera Reed (Ken), Jake Loewen (Juliana), Caleb Loewen (Amanda), Connor Loewen (Vanessa), Andrea Lester (Nathan), Mark Falk, Sara Falk, Aaliyah Janzen, and Dexton Janzen. Great Grandchildren: Benjamin, Asher, and Nathan (Loewen), Mira, Lucy, and Trey (Reed). Jake was also survived by his siblings Rudy (Gladys) Janzen, Albert (Clara) Janzen, David (Carol) Janzen, and many extended family members.

Though our hearts may ache with sadness, we can find solace in our faith and the knowledge that Jake has found eternal rest in the arms of God. Let us celebrate his life, his legacy, and the love he shared with us, and may his memory continue to inspire us all.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 10:00 am, Pastor Phil Collins officiating, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, Education in Bangladesh project

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Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for JANZEN, Jacob is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Len & Mary Reed says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of Jake but thankful for the wonderful man that he was. We enjoyed so many times of fun and fellowship. We continue to pray for the family as they grieve! Much love and many hugs!

  • Bob Dinn says:

    So sorry to learn of Jake’s passing. We worked together in Penticton and enjoyed singing in a quartet. I know he will be missed by many.

  • Regan Bartel says:

    When my mom and dad moved from Saskatchewan to Kelowna, and met Jake and his wife, I think an instant connection was made. In a small group, the two couples bonded and had so many times together. They were blessed to know Jake and Jeanne before they too left this earth.
    Condolences from the Bartel’s on the loss of Jake, but know that he blessed our family with his kindness, compassion and friendship.

  • Evelyn Axworthy says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Jake’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jake at Columbia School in Penticton. I appreciated his wise and calm leadership and learned a great deal from him. Although I did not know Cyndy and Connie well, I heard a great deal about them from their proud father! I knew Stephen as his teacher, while he was still quite young.
    To Jeanne and that wonderful family I send my sincere sympathy..

  • Juliana and Neil Siemens says:

    We want to extend our condolences to you, Jeanne and family. We pray God will comfort you at this difficult time.

  • Clair and Rachel Jantzen says:

    Jeanne and family,
    We remember Jake with you. Such a gentleman and a giver. Know that you are loved by many and our hearts reach out to you. God’s peace and comfort to you all. He sees you.

  • Lawrence Siemens says:

    We pass heartfelt condolences on to Jeanne and family. Carrie & Lawrence Siemens Morden, Manitoba

  • Abe and Nora Giesbrecht says:

    Jeanne, we’re so sorry for your loss. We have many happy memories of our time spent together volunteering with Jake in Akron. He was a man of integrity.

  • Linden Willms says:

    I’m so happy that I was able to connect with Jake as a cousin in the later years in Red Deer. God bless you as you as a family journey through this painful path of healing. Death is always followed by resurrection.

  • Dick and Mary Combe says:

    Dear Jeanne and family….How we loved our time together. Every dinner , every visit was a blessing to us. Jake was a man of great integrity and will be truly missed. Jeanne, we love you and pray for you and your family …for courage and peace.. Always remember that in due time, grief becomes sweet sorrow. Love and many blessings to come, Mary and Dick

  • Rudy Wiebe says:

    Jeanne my heart goes out to you. We sorrow but not without hope. Jake, free of ailment will be offering his services to the Lord.

  • Garcia Family says:

    You will always be in our hearts. Thank you for all your love, friendship and smiles. We say, HASTA PRONTO (see you soon)! Sending all our love to the family.

    • Colleen Hoffos, Brenda Drew and Jackie Higgs says:

      We are all so sorry to hear of Mr. Janzen’s passing! We all remember the great family times we had together! He will be very missed! Hugs and prayers to you all!

  • Tess Braman says:

    Jeanne and family. Such a sad loss for all. Jake was such wonderful man. He will be missed by many. Hugs to you Jeanne.

  • Adamu Sostenes says:

    I pass my heartfelt condolences on to Jeanne and family…

  • Richard Dorothy Cummings says:

    Jeanne, it was a sad moment yesterday when we saw you walking towards us, surrounded by your family and friends. We knew immediately that Jake must be gone. Fortunately, I’ve found the video of Jake’s service and we will be watching it later today.

    For decades, dating back to our time in Penticton and then Kelowna, we have always enjoyed watching your close relationship….you have been an excellent example of the perfect marriage. This will be a difficult time for you, but we will always remember the love that you showed to each other. Jake is loved and respected by everyone, including when I knew him in the Penticton school system.

    Yesterday, April 13th, was our 55th wedding anniversary. Jake has now inspired me to be a good husband for our remaining time together…… Rich and Dorothy

  • Arnie Voth says:

    We are very sorry to learn of Jake’s passing..

  • Sydney Young says:

    I just heard about Jake leaving us for a better place. We will see him again. (please email if possible Jeanne)

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