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MCCLUSKEY, Janet Marie (née Gendreau)

December 19, 1917 — May 5, 2019

Janet went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2019 at the age of 101.  She is survived by her sons John (Diane) of Hope, BC and Bob (Jackie) of Timmins, ON, two grandchildren Susan and Bill, 3 great grandchildren Kyle, Kelsie and Jessie and one sister Florence Marshal of Bishop, CA.  She was sadly predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

My mom was born December 19, 1917 in St Thomas of Aquinas a small country village on the far outskirts of Montreal. Janet was the middle child of 11, and Janet’s mother Laura needed help to raise the younger children, so Janet’s dedication was to her siblings instead of her books.  A shy young woman growing up, did not know many people socially and lived a very quiet and religious life.

When Janet was 16 her parents bought a restaurant in Montreal and she and her family worked there. Janet had two sons John and Bob. My mom at age 62 decided she would like to learn how to drive so she took a driver’s education course and we bought her a car and she fell in absolute love with driving. One day she heard a radio announcement about a beautiful city in BC called Kelowna. She listened as the man described how beautiful it was with its flourish of orchards, vineyards, mountains and water. At that moment she decided that once day she would live there. True to herself at age 66 she packed up her car and drove alone with no GPS and no cell phone, from Timmins, ON to Kelowna, BC.

Here she spent a lot of years volunteering at KGH, the courthouse and several social groups. My mom became a real people person and enjoyed befriending as many people as possible later in life. Her great love besides family was dancing which she passed on to me.

On May 5th at 11:00 am my mom and I were listening to Angel by Sarah McLachlan and suddenly she opened her eyes wide open and stared at me as I held her hand and a couple of minutes later, she left me.  God blessed me with the honour of walking with her in her final steps of life here on earth to the gates of heaven that she then entered alone. I will miss her forever.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC with Fr. Wayne Pfliger officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cottonwoods Care Centre c/o Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cottonwoods Care Centre c/o Kelowna General Hospital Foundation Link: www.kghfoundation.com


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The service for MCCLUSKEY, Janet Marie (née Gendreau) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 . 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 Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Virginia Lake says:

    Wow, your Mother was 101. I am glad you were able to be with her. I remember meeting her many years ago now in Timmins. I hope your able to celebrate her life and her contribution in a way to honours her strength and foresight. Lovingly Virginia Lake

  • Aron Reznikoff says:

    My, deepest condolences. She was a guest on the Ears for over the century. May she rest in peas.

  • Eve Krupka says:

    Bill and I send our deepest condolences to you and to your family!
    To quote Bill,. she is dancing with St. Peter……. Dance on Mrs. McCluskey!

  • Lise and Miville Gallant says:

    Holding you in our thoughts and prayers. Lise and Miville xxx

  • Fran & Mike Primeau says:

    Like to express our deepest condolences to all the family. She lived a very special life. Our prayers with you!

  • Daniel Lavoie says:

    Sincere Condolences to the family and everyone who was grateful to have known her. She must have had a strong heart and had seen many changes in her time. May God rest her soul into eternity. <3


    Our deepest condolences to the family. Janet was a true adventurer and lived her life to the fullest. Janet knew what she wanted and made it happen. We know that she is dancing in heaven. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Lise Boucher says:

    All the family will miss her. She was a great sister of our mom. I had a chance to be with her for her 100 birthday and I will appreciate it. Now she rest in peace. Deepest condolences to your family

  • George & Vira Persichilli says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family may she RIP

  • Vira & George Persichilli says:

    our deepest sympathy to all the family, condolences

  • Tammy, Earl and Erin McDowell says:

    Our deepest condolences to all the family

  • Sue Kelsey says:

    Bobby, John and family, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember Janet at Aldea’s a few times but knew her and all the family thru Aldea’s and my long talks. When Aldea received letters and family photos I saw then all. I know how much Aldea loved her and now Janet, Aldea & Lise Mom are all together again. Again our deepest sympathy.
    Danny & Sue Kelsey
    Alden St.
    Ludlow Massachusetts

  • Bob & Rollande (Joron) Seguin says:

    Bob & Jackie,
    Down in the valley, Carved on a rock, Three little words, “FORGET ME NOT”
    Bob & Jackie you will sure have great memories of your dear “MOM”…..
    Sorry to hear about your “MOTHER”

  • Sharon Turner says:

    Deepest sympathies on your loss. May you always hold your memories near and dear.

  • Bill & Billie says:

    Bob & Jackie. Billie and I so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you both enjoy her longevity.

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