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STREMEL, Jeanette

Jeanette (LeDrew) Stremel passed away on February 12th, 2018.  She showed strength and resiliency in the months she lived with cancer, and is now at peace. She is survived by her loving family: husband John; daughter Krista; son Brent; granddaughter Josie; sisters Jean, June and Inez; and brothers Walter and Ivan.  She is predeceased by her sister Elizabeth, and parents Harry and Flora LeDrew.


Jeanette was a selfless and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, (or “Nanny” as she was called) and an incredibly devoted sister and friend. In her 73 years, she made lifelong friends all over the world, from her early childhood in Traytown, NL, to her early adulthood in Vancouver, during her 2 years spent in Australia in the ‘70’s, and especially the 42 years she spent in Westbank, BC, from 1976 until her death. In her work as a medical office receptionist, she also touched numerous lives with her positive attitude and warm smile.  She was loved by many, and loved many in return. In recent years, the most significant person in her life was her only grandchild, Josie Anne. Jeanette was patient, caring, and loving as a parent, and doubly so as Nanny. Her love for and pride in Josie showed in every aspect of her life.


Jeanette enjoyed nothing more than a day filled with phone calls with loved ones, a coffee, a walk, or a movie with friends, time spent in her garden, crocheting, knitting, or working on word jumbles or sudoku.  She quietly volunteered her time when she could, including helping in a school reading program and a young mom’s group, and knitting children’s clothes to send to hospitals and overseas.  She continued to enjoy both camping and travel throughout her life, and had opportunities to visit Singapore, Hawaii, the Cook Islands, New York, Quebec, Alaska, France, and Morocco, as well as to return to Australia in her later years.  Jeanette’s was a life well-lived.


A memorial service will be held on February 24th, 2018, at 1 pm, at Emmanuel Assembly in West Kelowna, BC. Pastor Jeff will be officiating.


The family offers our thanks to the kind staff of Kelowna General Hospital, Dr. Alexis Thomson and Dr. Deepu Mirchandani, and the West Kelowna Palliative Care nursing team.

For those wishing to make a memorial contribution, Jeanette welcomed support of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) Canada.

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Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at 1 pm

Emmanuel Assembly

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Service Details

The service for STREMEL, Jeanette is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at 1 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Emmanuel Assembly

2600 Hebert Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • dave and norma johnson says:

    our deepest condolence to john and family

  • Aunty Betty Yarrow says:

    Rest in PEACE, dear Jeanette. Heart-warming memories will keep you in my thoughts and prayers forever,. Thanks to your family for sharing your life with me when you no longer could do it. I MISS YOU! Love, hugs and smiles, Aunty Betty

  • Geraldine and Frank Robinson says:

    Although we live miles away we will MISS you. The memories and connections made between you and Geraldine during your early years in Traytown will never be broken. Your connections through visits, phone calls and e-mails through the years kept us close. You were a kind and gentle soul and brought joy to many, we are so glad that you had your Josie to enjoy these last few years.
    With love;
    Gerry and Frank Robinson

  • Pearl & Ivan Patten says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. The Patten family remembers Jeanette from Traytown NL, & Labrador City. We have maintained a contact over the years through e-mails and facebook. We will miss sharing our stories about our family, she loved her family, and her little grandchild, I will truly miss her. We have fond memories and will cherish them forever. Rest In Peace my friend….thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Hugs Pearl & Ivan Patten

  • John and Carrie Corbett says:

    Its been said already however we will say it again you were a warm and precious person. We all enjoyed loving you. Our love to John Krista Brent and Josie.

  • Gail Glasscock says:

    My thoughts go out to the Stremel family. I have especially fond memories of floating down the Penticton channel while chatting with Jeanette. We were in the wake of a group of teenage girls who kept a safe distance ahead of us. It was a fun weekend for the Moms and the kids. I didn’t see Jeanette often over the years, but she was always fun to visit with when such an occasion arose. I can attest to the fact that she was a very caring and loving mother. My deepest condolences.

  • Donna Corbett says:

    My deepest condolences John, Krista, Brent & Josie. My thoughts will be with you all as I am in Phoenix & will not be able to make the services. Jeanette was a amazing friend to me &many others. Remember all the great memories you have created with her. Love & hugs to you all, Donna ❤️

  • Dee and Craig Radford says:

    To Brent and family,we were so shocked and saddened to hear about your Mom.She was such a positive,upbeat woman who brightened our lives every time we bumped into her.Please remember all the good times and hold them in your heart! Brent,hopefully our paths will cross again one day!Our Love,Dee and Craig Radford(Ryan’s Mom and Dad)

  • Jack and Suzanne Schneider says:

    Jeanette was a kind, gentle soul who will be truly missed by those that met or knew her. We send love and healing wishes to her family during this time.
    Jack & Suzanne Schneider

  • Judi and Don Johnson says:

    John, Brent, Krista & Families,
    We were so very sorry to hear of Jeanette’s passing. She will be fondly remembered for her smile and comforting nature when dealing with patients at the Westbank medical clinic. She will also be remembered for being such a kind and loving parent and a devoted wife. Her memories will remain with you forever and for all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her. We are away but will be with you in spirit as your celebrate her life. Sincere condolences, Judi & Don Johnson

  • Jim and Eileen Ralph says:

    To John and Family, so sorry to hear of Jeanette’s passing. She was a friend from school days in Traytown and in later days by phone and e-mail. We will miss her! The last time we were in her company—-she and some of her siblings were at out house in Traytown just a couple of summers ago—I cooked a big Newfie dinner (salt beef, peas pudding and all the trimmings). We had great food and great laughs. (we gave them the leftovers to take with them). Great momories! Our condolences go to you all. My God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Jim and Eileen, Traytown

  • Lolly says:

    I know that the world , especially in my world, has just lost a star that guided me in the dark. A little girl giggle on the end of a telephone call, that has raised my spirits and true love. And I know you made everyone feel this special also. You will never be forgotten , nor surpassed as a very special person and Aunta. Uncle John, Krista , Brent and Josie, strength and love and you are in my thoughts every moment, see you soon ,love you Lolly

  • Bridget/Clarance Thomas says:

    Ivan we were saddened to hear of your sister Jeanette’s passing. Our condolences to you and all of Jeanett’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Sherrill Tobin says:

    Jeanette, who welcomed me to Canada so many, many years ago. We were more than friends, we were mates, and you had a heart of gold. “Nettie” I will miss your e mails and your sense of humour and so will all your other mates here down under. Hoo Roo for now “Newfie”.

    Our deepest condolences to John, Krista, Brent and Josie.

    Love and hugs from Sherrill, Graham, Freyja and Dewey (miaow).

  • Judy Kidd says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jeanette’s passing. She was such a kind and thoughtful person. My mother, Ruth LeDrew, enjoyed Jeanette’s and Jean’s visits over the years, making Mom so welcome in their family. Sincere condolences to all of you on the loss of someone so special. Judy Kidd and family

  • Bev Reiswig says:

    To John and family; so very sorry for your loss. Jeanette had a beautiful smile and great laugh. She will be missed for sure.
    our thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time.
    Chris and Bev Reiswig

  • Lori-Anne says:

    I’ll always remember Jeanette with the warm, loving smile in the photo you selected. Looking at it makes me smile, but with tears. She seemed to have an unlimited capacity to think of others and was incredibly generous with her time and love. I’ll keep Jeanette in my heart as an inspiration for the type of person I strive to be every day.

  • Kelowna Dystonia Support Group says:

    We were saddened to hear of Jeanette’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Jeanette’s family. Kelowna Dystonia Support Group

  • Shauna Burnell says:

    John and family,
    I remember Jeanette always smiling when we had the pleasure if running into her and the warmth I always felt. Our family is thinking of yours at this time, sending love and wishes for you to find peace as you move through this. Shauna and family

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