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STOCKELL, Jane (previously Heinemann)

July 30, 1946 — May 1, 2021

Our beloved Jane Stockell, 74 years, of Kelowna, BC, passed away peacefully with family at her side on May 1, 2021.

Born July 30, 1946, in Oldham, England to Jack and Mary Medley, Jane and her family immigrated to Australia In 1952.  Jane grew up in Wollongong, a coastal town in NSW along with her two brothers, Jack and Philip. She spent most of her time with family and friends in the sun, on the beach. At the age of 18, Jane met Chris Heinemann on a cruise to England and moved to Kimberley, BC where she raised three children, Jody, Darin and Tara Lee. Seeking warmth and sunshine, Jane left Kimberley in 1992, and she made her home in Kelowna, BC. In 1999,  she met her best friend, Mel Barber, together they lead a full and happy life in the Okanagan.

Jane was kind, outgoing, and she gave back to her community. She worked at the Kiwanas Tower for 10 years and enjoyed working with the seniors; she was an Honorary Lifetime member of the Kiwanis Summit Club. She also volunteered at The Society of Hope, SPCA, and other numerous community organizations. Jane loved people and animals and had many friends. She always had a smile on her face and was happy to see you. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, having coffee or a chat. Jane loved to travel, she was also delighted to be puttering around her garden.

She leaves behind her partner, and best friend for the past 20 years, Mel Barber; her children Jody, Darin (Gwen), and Tara Lee (Stuart) Kemp; and her grandchildren Kendra, Londen, Nick, and Joey. She is also survived by her siblings Jack (Alice) and Philip (Fiona); and her nieces & nephews: Pauline, Leoma, Sam, Tracey, and Nigel.

Heartfelt thanks to Myrna Tolles, the staff at the Hospice House, and Dr. Elizabeth Perri. Your care and compassion are deeply appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House Central Okanagan or the BC SPCA Kelowna Community Animal Centre.

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  • Sheila Macklin says:

    So sorry for your loss. 💗From Kimberley, B.C

  • Dianne Lafreniere says:

    So very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. Condolences to the whole family and big (((hugs)))to all. ❤️

  • Al & Louise Hockley says:

    Sending prayers and condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss. Jane was an awesome lady.

  • John and pauline boike says:

    Thinking of you all as you say goodbye to Jane, She was so well loved and thought of, as Jane was such a friendly outgoing person and both John and I will miss the visit over here in Australia, we both loved her dearly, sadly missed. John and Pauline Boike (QLD). Alice’s sister…

  • Sharon Cooper says:

    Sending condolences to Jack at this really sad time, so sorry to hear the news of your sister Jack x thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Jane will live on through your memories xx

  • Darrin Alberton says:

    My condolences to Darin, Jody and Tara

  • Joan Beresford says:

    Sorry For Your Loss

  • Wendy Falkowski says:

    Jane was a lovely lady., a good friend and a wonderful Kiwanis member. We will truly miss her smiling face.

  • 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

  • Judith Adams says:

    My best friend for over 60 years. You were fun, cheeky, loyal and loving. We were on opposite sides of the world but when we met up with years separation it was always easy. Miss and love you. Judy

  • Roberta Richardson says:

    Sorry for your loss Mel and family. Will always remember Jane for her smile and laugh and happy times we had at Kiwanis Tower.
    Roberta Richardson

  • Gerri McKenzie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jane’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Her family and friends.

  • Linda Harris (Mousseau) says:

    Dear Tara
    I never met your Mother, but I have fond thoughts of homie a our home. I remember when my parents passed away, so sad. I now live in Campbell River and Jodi lives in Summerland.
    Linda and Jodi

  • Marion MacNeil says:

    My sincere condolences to Mel and Jane’s family. I worked with her at the Kiwanis Towers for many years and also managed to get her into the Kiwanis Summit Club. She was always there to volunteer and enjoyed working with her. She had so much to give.

  • Phillipa says:

    So sad to hear of Jane’s passing. She was such a lively and kind person with a wonderful sense of humour and ready laugh. I will miss our chats about many things including gardening, which was clearly a talent of hers as her beautiful flower garden illustrated. Sending my heartfelt condolences to Mel and her family. Phillipa

  • Keith & Janis Elliott & family says:

    Our family wish to convey our condolences to Mel, & Jane’s precious family. She was a ray of sunshine to everyone she ever knew or met, our prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Janis, Keith, Todd, Jay, Eden & Eron

  • Karen Hunter(Shypitka) says:

    So very sorry , losing a parent and a partner is the hardest 😢 sending you all healing thoughts, 🙏 may you feel your Moms beautiful spirit 💛smiling down on you all when the sun shines ☀️upon you.
    I have fond memories, of Kangaroo Korner🦘, and your mom smiling 😉 on the side watching and laughing about how us girls would come in almost every day to buy 250 🧸🧸gummy bears 🧸🧸🧸 just to watch you and your brother count them out ☺
    Sending your family my condolences.

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