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KALAMEN, Audrey Eleanor

May 22, 1922 — February 6, 2021

Audrey Eleanor Kalamen, born May 22, 1922, passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and joined her heavenly family February 6, 2021, at the age of 98 years. Audrey is survived by her son, David Kalamen, and her daughter, Barbara Giesbrecht, and their families.

Mom was born in Montreal, Quebec and her family were founding members of the first Pentecostal church established there. They had a profound encounter with the Holy Spirit as a family and when Mom married Dad, Arnold Kalamen, together they church planted and pastored churches across Canada: Campbelltown, NB (where David was born), Glace Bay, NS (where Barbara was born), Halifax, NS, Kamloops, BC, Montreal, QC, Yarmouth, NS, and Kelowna, BC. Mom was key to Dad’s ministry success, using her musical skills to lead the churches.

She had a love for the outdoors, for fishing, family campfires, playing piano, and cross-country skiing. She loved life: loved to laugh, loved family and friends, loved to travel, loved to play and sing, loved to pray, loved the presence of God. The staff at Cottonwoods loved Mom’s smile, her gentleness, her gratitude for every kindness, and her contentment with life.

We as a family have been deeply blessed by her over the years in so many different ways: we will miss the maple fudge, the butterscotch pies, the encouraging phone calls, her zest for life, the mischievous twinkle in her eye, her game to try new things. No one is lost when we know where they are, and Mom, we will see you again.

Mom saw a lot of changes during her lifetime – some good, some bad, some past, some very recent – but one thing that never changed was her love for God, His Church and her family. Thankfully, even in the midst of a very confusing COVID experience, Barbara and I were permitted to love on her and feed her lunch three times a week. Though she struggled to understand the nursing environment under COVID, she never had to struggle to understand her family’s love for her.

Mom’s last days were pain free and peaceful. Her room was inundated with gospel hymns and a wonderful sense of the presence of God and the love of her family. As a musician, and a woman of prayer, this atmosphere of worship which permeated her room, was key to creating this wonderful, peaceful transition. We will never forget the memories of singing and worshipping together.

Thanks to the staff at Cottonwoods, all of the family were able to say their final goodbyes to a precious mom, nanny, and great-grandma: David’s wife Carleen and children – Brodie Kalamen (wife, Natalie, and children, Evangeline, Kaden and Judah), Ryan Kalamen, and Kerri Frey (husband, Nathan and children, Kyla, Madison, and Rielynn); and Barbara’s husband Terry and children – Chad Giesbrecht (Jayden, Kylanna and Wyatt), and Justin Giesbrecht (wife, Shawna and children, Alexis and Carter). Alan Hart, her sister Lila’s only son, and his two children, Amy and Kelsey, were also able to visit with Mom before she passed. We are grateful for the loving, gentle and dignified manner in which the Cottonwood staff treated our Mom throughout her stay there, but especially during her last days.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Arnold Kalamen, March 13, 2013. Both Dad and Mom left us a wonderful natural and spiritual legacy and challenged us to serve people. Through Evangel Church and Kelowna Christian Center, three generations of Kalamens (Arnold, David and now, Brodie) and Giesbrecht’s have invested over 100 years of pastoral care into the spiritual life of this City. Every one of the family noted above carries a love for God, a love for His Church, and are ministry minded in reference to caring for the health of the souls of the people of this City. As her family, we have been richly provided for with everything that truly counts, for today and eternity.

Due to COVID restrictions and protocol, both the viewing and the graveside service will be strictly for family. She will be buried alongside her husband at Kelowna Cemetery Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with Rev. David Kalamen officiating. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, donations can be made to missions for Mexico through Kelowna Christian Center – www.kcc.net.

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  • Alfred & Rev. Mary Potter says:

    Dear Pastor Dave & Carleen and Pastor Brody & Natalie and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. I know your mother/grandmother is celebrating in heaven with Jesus. It was our pleasure to visit with her several times at Cottonwoods, especially when she attended the services we held there. She was a wonderful woman and full of so much love and energy even in her advanced years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    • Barbara Giesbrecht says:

      To those of you who left your condolences:
      We are truly blessed by your heart felt and kind words. Mom will be greatly missed as she has left a huge void in our hearts, but we treasure the memories and are at peace knowing that we will one day see her face to face. She has run her race and she did it well. Now she is enjoying the presence of the Lord – this we know. Mom would often sit at the back of the church asking the Lord who she should minister to today and the Lord would impress on her heart who she was to minister to that morning. She introduced me to many new people at the church as she was always quick to have already greeted them. I loved that about her. Thank you again for all your kind words. We appreciate each one of them.

  • Alissa Monaghan says:

    I walked into KCC in 1983 as a rather confused 18 year old young girl.I was sitting alone when a lovely lady motioned me over to sit with her. Mrs. Kalamen’s kindness and non judgement is something I’ve never forgotten in 38 years. The Lord blessed me with that divine meeting, and for that I’ll be forever grateful. May your family remain in his Peace during this difficult time.
    Alissa and (Gary) Monaghan

  • Doug and Judy Schneider says:

    David, Carleen, Barb, Terry and families.
    We know Audrey has a special place in each of your lives and will be very much missed. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have and the knowledge that she is healthy, whole and rejoicing in the presence of her Lord and Savior along with all who have gone before. Sending our love and prayers.

  • David Diamond says:

    What a privilege to have such godly parents and Diane really loved her and we both had the pleasure to know them we love David and Barb and their family My prayer is God their faithfulness and service and dedication live thru their children grandchildren and great grandchildren
    David and diane diamond

  • Larry and Peg Huber says:

    Sending our condolences to your family. Your Mom will be greatly missed!!

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

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