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MITSCHKE, Jessie Wyman

January 5, 1940 — October 24, 2021

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Jessie Wyman Mitschke.  He passed away peacefully at home at the age of 81 on October 24, 2021, surrounded by his wife, and best friend, Sharron and their children, Mark Mitschke (Jacqueline Delichte), Lainie Tigchelaar (Rick) and Chrissy Musgrave (John Petty).

Jessie is survived by his wife and three children; the Mitschke grandchildren Stephen and Johanna (Mark) Martz; the Tigchelaar grandchildren Leah and Jordon (Kadance); and the Musgrave grandchild Greg (Jessica); as well as four great-grandchildren Nicholas, Aaron, Michael and Lily (Johanna).  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who adored him (he was a favourite uncle to many).

Jessie was born on January 5, 1940, in a farmhouse near Langenburg, SK.  He was the second youngest of 15 kids born to Max & Mabel Mitschke, long since deceased.  He is survived by 5 of his siblings and pre-deceased by 9.  At the age of 15 he found himself without parents and moved to the big city of Calgary, AB to start his life.  Jessie met Sharron when he was 16, and she was only 14.  They married on September 3, 1960.  He built them their first home, when he was only 20 years old, where they raised their first two children, Mark & Lainie.  After many happy years in Calgary, they moved to Kelowna, BC in 1971 where they had their youngest child, Chrissy.

Jessie was an extraordinary carpenter all his working life.  He worked hard and came home at the end of every day to unwind in his beautiful yard.  Jessie had a long list of loves – mountains, camping, hiking, fresh air & sunshine.  He had a huge respect for the peacefulness of nature.  He had an adventurous spirit but did everything with due care and attention.  He enjoyed family time, friends, card games, and puzzles.  Jessie had a big heart and a level head.  He was everyone’s favourite guy and the one we all turned to in crisis or trouble.

Most importantly, Jessie and Sharron provided a solid home full of love and laughter for their family and everyone who entered their home.  A legacy that Sharron will continue… especially the laughter part!

The family is grateful for your outpouring of support these past few months and have decided to have a private memorial with immediate family only.  We want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sebulsky, his doctors and nurses at the Cancer Clinic, Jessie’s Palliative Care Nurse Kristine and all the home care nurses that so graciously helped care for him in his last days.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the BC Cancer Agency – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

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    Dear Sharon and Family, I was shocked, surprised and saddened to learn of Jess’s passing. I am sorry for the loss of your lifetime partner and best Father to your children.
    It brings joy to my heart to be reminded that we were a young married couple from Saskatchewan that settled in the Parkdale Community of Calgary (1960); were fortunate to meet you and Jess, begin and shared many happy times and (new) experiences of raising our young families!
    Sharon, each day pull out a memory and Remember the good life you had together, as a Husband and wife, as a friend and partner.
    May God’s Love and Peace be with you and your Family.
    With Sympathy, Doreen

  • Mildred Apperley says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jess and can only say it was a privilege to know him. We shared happy times as we played pool and other pass times. My heart is aching for Sharon and family

  • Shelley says:

    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Jess. Although we haven’t seen the family in quite a while it was always a joy to see the smiling faces on FB. I think of you often, Sharon, and what I always remember is laughter. Love you all and sending love and hugs to everyone.

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