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KROSCHINSKY, Gerald (Jerry) Leo

November 15, 1932 — February 12, 2019

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Dad, Jerry.

Jerry was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Elizabeth Kroschinsky and was the third child of ten. His family moved to Kelowna in 1947. In 1953, Jerry joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He married Audrey Roe in 1959 and they had two children, Dianne and Kevin. Jerry’s career took the family from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba to Downsview, Ontario, Cold Lake, Alberta, and Comox, British Columbia. He retired from the RCAF after twenty-four years of service, and the family returned home to Kelowna. Jerry sold cars for the next eleven years at Jacobsen Pontiac Buick, then semi-retired, and loved his early mornings working at Aspen Grove Golf Course in Lake Country.

Jerry fully retired at age 64 and he and Audrey became avid snowbirds, travelling to Yuma, Arizona each winter. They met many people on their travels and had numerous dear friends. Jerry spent many days on the golf course, and in winter you could find him on the ski hill with family and friends. He enjoyed boating and family picnics at the lake, gardening, yardwork, BBQing, and watching hockey, sports and the news. Jerry made an impression with everyone who met him as such an outgoing, friendly and caring person. Family was the most important part of his life, and especially his grandchildren, whom he loved spending time with – they brought him so much joy. He was very close to his nine siblings and his treasured nieces, nephews and their families and looked forward to family gatherings.

During the last four years, Jerry and Jean deeply loved each other and embraced daily life together. They enjoyed dancing, playing cards with friends, walking, gardening, canning, road trips, watching TV and being with each other’s extended families. Their devotion to each other was obvious to all.

Jerry is survived by his loving partner Jean; daughter Dianne (Dave); grandsons Neil and Ian (Sara); son Kevin (Terri); step-grandchildren A.J. (Jordan), Jamie (Teia), Ryan and Brandon (Nikki); step great-grandchildren Jakob, Zakary, Jaxen, Ashton; his siblings Alma (Jeff), Leona (Paul), Rob (Trudy), Mick (Trish), Don (Ina) and Dave (Brenda); brother-in-law Harold; many nieces, nephews and other family whom he dearly loved. Jerry is also survived by Jean’s daughters: April (Peter), Janice (Art) and Laura and their families; and Dave’s daughters Robin (Matt) and Kelly (Matt) and their families, whose time getting to know him was all too brief. If you were important to one of Jerry’s family members, you were important to Jerry.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 54 years Audrey, his parents Joe and Liz, and brothers Ernie and Laddie. His youngest sister Marlaine joined him in the care of the Lord on February 14, 2019.

Thank you to the staff at KGH, Stride Physiotherapy and Cottonwoods for their care while Dad was there.

Jerry lived an amazing life and he is going to be missed so much by all. We love you!

His Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca, or the BC Children’s Hospital, www.bcchildrens.ca.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Children’s Hospital. Link: www.heartandstroke.ca, www.bcchildrens.ca


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Service Details

The service for KROSCHINSKY, Gerald (Jerry) Leo is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Harvey & Irene Smith says:

    So very sad to have lost our lovable brother-in law He will be so missed. So sorry also to hear of Marlene’s passing..We share your sorrow. Our love to you all. Irene. Audreys sister ( Roe) Family also,

  • Diane Ferguson Lee says:

    Love my favorite sister-in-law. Prayers for entire
    Family, Love, Diane

  • Bert Faye Wingerter says:

    We are sorry to hear of you Dad’s passing. It’s not easy to lost one’s parents.

  • Faye & Bert Wingerter says:

    We so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Your memories will help you.

  • Alice Kusz & Becky Ziegler says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with Jerry’s family & friends.

  • Ella Jarvis says:

    So sad to lose a loved one, he will be in our memories always. He is with the Lord free from all pain and sorrow our deepest Sympathies to all the family. He is now reunited with Audrey they can stroll across heaven together .Love to all sorry the lose of Marlene we share your sorrow .Ella Roe Jarvis-Audrey’s sister and family. My God Bless you and keep you in his arms.

  • Ramona Kroschinsky says:

    Thinking of you all at this deeply sorrowful time, wishing you love and strength. Uncle Jerry was one of a kind; he will be missed.

  • Leanne Elder says:

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Jerry’s passing Kevin & Dianne. Hugs to both of you and your families.

  • Judy Roe says:

    Deepest sympathy from myself and the rest of my family. I have fond memories of Ron and your Dad exchanging fun filled moments they had shared at different events. Love to all of the families.

  • Leona & Kelly Bruce & family says:

    In the loss of your Father, we want to send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It’s so hard to say “goodbye”. To have lost both of your parents in such a short time, it seems like our hearts are forever broken. As your hearts are aching with loss, try to treasure your cherished memories. For one day those cherished moments will bring tears of joy and not the overwhelming sadness you feel now. We find our thoughts filled with treasured memories of our own as we honour Uncle Jerry today. When your family came to visit us on the farm, we remember all the love, laughter and great times. In the past, when we visited Kelowna, your parent’s kindness, love and open welcoming home remains fondly remembered. Your father’s ready smile, teasing manner and joyous laughter lingers in our memories. To have experienced the love of a caring Father and a great man is one of your richest gifts to receive. His loving presence and sheltering support is the” light in our lives”, helping you to find your way in this crazy world. Although you haven’t heard from us in awhile, please know that we still love,care and hold you tightly in our prayers. Our hearts go out to you and your families. We are with you in thoughts, memories and wish you peace and comfort as you remember your Father. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Dianne Ferguson says:

    Thank you very much for your comforting words everyone. Our family really appreciates it.
    Dianne, Dave, Neil and Ian.

  • Dianne Ferguson says:

    Thank you very much for your comforting words everyone. Our family really appreciates it so very much.
    Dianne, Dave, Neil and Ian.

  • Lillian Roe says:

    I am so sorry to have lost a great brother -in law.I will always remember the laughs we had and serious talks we had.May he rest in peace .Somedy we might again.Love t family.

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