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JENISH, John (Jack) Joseph

John died peacefully on January 16, 2014 at the Kelowna General Hospital. He was born May 28, 1929 and raised outside of Estevan, Saskatchewan with brother Frank and sisters Shirley (Winterton) deceased, and Agnes (Benter), deceased. The family home was adjacent to family-owned Jenish Coal Mining Company – Estevan. John’s father, Egne Jenish, and mother, Sophie (Millar), owned and operated the mine with an extended family which had migrated from Lithuania. The mine supplied coal to homes and businesses in south Saskatchewan. John graduated from Estevan Collegiate Institute in 1949 and from the Coyne School of Electronics in Chicago, Illinois on March 19, 1954. After graduation, he returned to Canada, representing a number industrial and electronics firms, eventually settling with CT Engineering and Premier Industries of Cleveland, Ohio. John met Marilyn Rose Murray in 1961 in Vancouver. After a long-distance courtship, they fell in love and were married in Montreal. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in 2013. The young couple moved to Regina where their family grew: daughter Lisa (Castillo), Lyle and Sandy (nee Calhoun). In 1970 John and Marilyn moved their young family to Kelowna where John designed and built the family home, in the middle of an apple orchard, overlooking the Okanagan Lake. Soon after, Shauna (Kitazaki) was born. Industrious, enthusiastic and opinionated, Jack enjoyed a large group of friends. Football, waterskiing, agriculture, mechanics and business were a passion. He remained involved in his children’s and his grandchildren’s lives, often travelling to Dallas, Texas, Vancouver and Victoria, BC, to visit Joshua Castillo, Quinn Jenish, Jacob Jenish, Luke Castillo, Isabella Castillo, Noah Calhoun and Jonah Calhoun. John is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his brother Frank, daughters Lisa and son-in-law Steve, son Lyle and daughter-in-law Elizabeth, Sandy and Shauna and son-in-law Dave Kitazaki. He was predeceased by his father Egne on Jan. 28. 1974 and mother Sophie on Feb. 26, 1982. John loved life, family and fun and was happiest on those occasions when they were all together. We wish to thank all the staff at the KGH’s trauma ward and floor 4B for their loving care of John and the compassion extended to all family members. We are also so grateful to Dr. Martin Steinruck for his constant care, compassion, empathy and encouragement. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the same church.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Prayer Service
7:00 pm, Sunday, January 19, 2014

1:00 pm on Monday, January 20, 2014

Immaculate Conception Church

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The prayer service for JENISH, John (Jack) Joseph is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at located at 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC.

The service for JENISH, John (Jack) Joseph is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Monday, January 20, 2014 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC


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  • Nica & Rob Graziotto says:

    Our heart felt condolences to the Jenish family for their loss of such an amazing person. May the memories of John help you all find peace in your lives. God bless you all. Nica, Rob, Isabella and Daniella

  • joyce chapman says:

    dear marilyn and family,so very sorry to read of jack’s passing. think of you all so often & remember all the fun,sad & tragic times we spent as neighbors in regina.our thoughts & prayers are with you all.with love,sincerely joyce,brent karen,david &susan chapman.

  • Gerry & John says:

    Dear Marilyn, Lisa, Sandy, Shauna and Lyle:

    Our prayers are with each of you, and Jack.

    Love from Gerry & John

  • Barbara Winterton Dawson says:

    Dear Marilyn, Lisa, Lyle, Sandy,Shauna and your respective partners and children.
    Michael and our girls join me in sending our heartfelt sympathies to all of you on the loss of a wonderful man. I have many good memories of Uncle Johnny and the way his eyes would scrunch up when he laughed his wonderful laugh. He was wonderful to Shirley and she was lucky to have him as a brother. I know you’ll take comfort from everyone with you today and for each of you as you move forward in a world that will contain his wonderful memory. Love to all of you.

  • Wendy Waller says:

    Dear Marilyn
    So sorry to read of Jack’s passing. Though I haven’t seen you for years I always will remember our great friends in Lakeview Heights. I lost Ron at the end of August and my heart goes out to you in this very hard time in our lives. All of my prayers are with you and your family
    Wendy Waller

  • Ivan & Arthleen Larson says:

    Dearest Marilyn, Lisa, Lyle, Shauna and Sandra our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Uncle John was a very special person. We will always treasure your visits to Wyoming and North Dakota, sharing wonderful visits at weddings and visits with Mom. Uncle’s infectious laugh and twinkle in his eye will always be remembered.
    Again our deepest sympathies, all our love, Arthleen & Ivan

  • lois weiss/zachary says:

    to our dear friend marilyn and family. want to thank you for all the wonderful memories over the years. so sorry on your loss….your family meant alot to us…..we did so appreciate you and your family. all our prayers and thoughts go to you today….love lois

  • Christiane Mario Alexandre Catherine says:

    Dear Marilyn, Lisa, Lyle, Sandy and Shauna and whole family.
    We are offering pour most sincere condoleances. Jack will stay in memories for ever being a wonderful men. I loved him dearly. We are with you in tough and praying for you that you will be able to go through this hard period.

  • Martin Collins says:

    Dear Marilyn and family. Our prayers our with you at this sad time We are sorry we were not able to be at the funeral as I am visiting family who have some serious health concerns here in Florida. I enjoyed visiting with John and getting the updates on your wonderful family. Eileen and Martin Collins

  • MIke Day says:

    Shauna,Lisa,Sandy,Lyle, Marilyn and families. It was with great saddness I heard of your loss today.It has been many years since we have spoken to each other but that is what time and distance does. I know you will sadly miss your Husband and Father. I hope in the not too distant future we will have a chance to get caught up and talk about the fun times we all enjoyed. My thoughts are with you all.

  • barry duch and family says:

    Dear Marilyn and family, we are so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. We know you are a very strong and dedicated family and you will all find the strength to continue on. I know for a fact that someone will be waiting with the official nightcap. take care, love the Duch family

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