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June 10, 1955 — July 5, 2021

On Monday, July 5, 2021, at 12 noon, our dear Dawn Joy Warkentin flew to heaven to be with Jesus, whom she loved with all her being. It is our firm belief that she is free from her suffering and enjoying her new life along with her granddaughter Audrey and her mother Carol and other family members who preceded her. Dawn had just celebrated her 66th birthday and her 44th wedding anniversary with her husband Edwin, who was her stalwart caregiver over the months of her journey.

Dawn and Edwin brought three children into the world and chose a fourth to join them. Missing their mother are: Amy (Charlie) Heyn, Josh (Alana) Warkentin, Jenice (Matt) Wallace and Juan (Lisa) Warkentin.  The grandchildren missing their Mama are: Riley, Ethan, Avery, Myranda, Vanessa and Austin Heyn, Elizabeth, Rebekah and Kaylianne Warkentin, Emma Wallace and Mabel Warkentin.

Also grieving her too soon departure are: her father Herb Jantzen; her brother Israel Jantzen; her brother Clair (Rachel) Jantzen and family: niece Danielle (Shaun) Fell (and their son, Mik) and nephew Warren (Marika) Jantzen; and her sister Ruth Jantzen and nephew Luke Pickett.

Dawn was born in Nurnberg, Germany, June 10, 1955, and grew up as a third-culture kid in Germany and Switzerland. She graduated from Black Forest Academy (’73) and Prairie Bible College (’77) where she met Edwin who stole her heart and loved her well. Their life together involved supporting university and college students through InterVarsity Fellowship and Pioneer Ranch Camps in Northern Alberta. Dawn also worked with Edwin in their business ventures, including concrete forming, construction and property management.

Throughout her life, Dawn’s primary commitment was to her loving heavenly Father. She loved his word and stood firm in her belief of his promises. Her faith was of utmost importance to her. It was her great desire to discover and activate the promises of God. Dawn was generous and thoughtful, elegant and dignified, embracing and comforting. She was a beautiful woman: a daughter and sister, a wife and mother, an auntie and friend. We will miss her deeply and always love her. Till we meet again, Dawn.

A Family Burial Service will be held at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. All are invited to Dawn’s Memorial Service on July 9, 2021, at 4:30 pm at Willow Park Church, 439 Hwy 33, Kelowna, BC. To view the livestream please go to https://live.willowparkchurch.com/. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ed & Dawn’s charity Freedom Reigns, please make any cheques out to “Great Commission Foundation” in the memo line please put “Freedom Reigns”. For more information about Freedom Reigns visit gcfcanada.com/freedom-reigns-ministry

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Friday, July 9, 2021, at 4:30 pm

Willow Park Church

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ed & Dawn's charity Freedom Reigns, please make any cheques out to "Great Commission Foundation" in the memo line please put "Freedom Reigns". Link: gcfcanada.com/freedom-reigns-ministry


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Service Details

The service for WARKENTIN, Dawn is scheduled for Friday, July 9, 2021, at 4:30 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Willow Park Church

439 Hwy 33 Kelowna, BC


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  • Harvey and Doris Jantzen says:

    Ed, and family. We grieve with you. May God be your comfort during this difficult time. We have been able to enjoy her hospitality and her love and care for others. She is enjoying her reward.

  • Fran and Elgar Paras says:

    We will treasure the memories with Dawn who was a dear friend over many years. We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to Ed and the family. We love you and know you will be surrounded by God’s loving arms as you grieve. ❤️

  • re. Jim & Carol Church says:

    Our deepest condolences to Ed and his wonderful children. Your loss is heaven’s gain. Dawn was a most lovely, charming and delightful person. Her smile lit up the room. Her love for her Lord and Saviour most evident. May our Lord bless and keep you as you go through this earthly loss secure in the knowledge she is in heaven with Jesus — where we shall meet her one day.

  • James and Claire Penner says:

    Dear dear Ed, Amy and Charlie, Josh and Alana, Janice and Matt, Juan and Lisa, We just heard the news of Dawn’s passing. We have no words. Just a great gratitude for Dawn’s life and faith. We send you our love and hugs. James and Claire

  • Debbie Standish says:

    It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to a beautiful child of God. They have arrived home safely but missing from her earthly fold. I was very happy to know Dawn and counted her as a friend. Ed and Dawn were powerful people in my sons life. You will be missed Dawn but you will never be forgotten. Prayers to your family and friends.

  • Margitta Schuster says:

    I met Dawn at Baden-Baden/Germany during my Bibleschool practicle time. She lived with her family there. I had to care for the four Children while her parents went on missionwork in churches. I feel with her family and am deeply grieving. But I know her in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
    Many greetings from Bielefeld in Germany. My heart is with all of you.
    Margitta Schuster

  • Don and Patricia (Screpnek) Mair says:

    Condolences to you all. We had not heard Dawn was sick. She was a very gracious and beautiful woman and will be missed by more along with you all. Prayers and hugs to you all.

  • Byron Jantzen says:

    We have been aware of Dawn’s journey albeit at a distance and we’re saddened at the grief Ed and the rest of the family must bear as a result of her passing. Death is hard but we as Christians are so incredibly blessed to have the assurance Dawn has gone to be with the Lord and with other family members who passed before her. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to you at this really difficult time.

  • Wendy Herrington (Lutz) says:

    Dear Clair and family. My heart breaks for the loss of such a wonderful sounding family member. Although I did not know
    Dawn, Clair was a a source of strength and peace for me and my family when we lost a beloved family member. Knowing we will see our loved again does bring peace even though we grieve that loved one’s earthly presence. I am sending much love to all.

  • Barb Paxton says:

    Alton we’ve lost touch over the last few years, you will always be some of my sweetest memories. The tears, the laughter, the prayers, the rejoicing!! Who could Forget?! I’m sure Wade was waiting to greet her! Be brave. Be strong. Be blessed.

  • Keith Turner says:

    Dear Ed,
    It is with great sadness that we learned about your wife’s passing. Please accept the most heartfelt and condolences of Charlie, Kaehler, my colleagues and myself.
    I did not have the honour of meeting Dawn, but from what I read in the beautifully scripted obituary I read in the Kelowna press, she was clearly an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and wife.
    I won’t impinge on you any further at this difficult time, and I know you have your deep faith and family to comfort and guide you, but I am hear to listen and hear all about Dawn at any time you wish to share.
    I have not lost a spouse but I have lost a mother, a father and a sister in the past decade so I know something of how that is, and if I can do anything to support you, I will.
    Meantime, we will be honouring Dawn with a donation to Freedom Reigns via Great Commission Foundation.
    Kindest wishes and blessings,
    Keith, Charlie, Kaehler, Colleen and friends

  • Bob & Lorraine Ramsay & Family says:

    We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Dawn’s suffering and passing. Ed and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences as you navigate through this difficult time and the days ahead. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you just as He promised. Psalm 46:1-2

  • Helmut and Barbara Giesbrecht says:

    Our sympathies to you, Ed and your children. We treasure many fond memories with you and Dawn.

  • 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

  • Neil and Meg Swanson says:

    We are sending our condolences to your family . We remember your time in Peace River . May God’s love encompass you all .

  • Ed and Dianne Bergen says:

    Our condolences to you Ed and your family. This is another reminder just finite we all are, and also a reminder to check our heart, for what matters in our lives. May you take comfort in the God of all comfort and the hope we have in Jesus, in the days ahead.

  • Sharon Newman says:

    Dear Ed & Family, my heart hurts for all of you in the loss of your beloved Dawn. I remember her so well. She wa s so beautiful inside & out. Years ago in wonderful log home in Goodwin, I remember how she made it into a warm & welcoming home. Do you remember she once gave piano lessons to Gordie’s Mom there? You had many adventures in your life together. Your memories ..& everyone’s .. are Treasures! Your abiding faith in God will comfort you in the days & years to come. You were blessed to have her in your life on earth as long as you did. Know I am with Sincerest & understanding sympathy thinking of all of you.

  • Ed and Anne Neufeld says:

    Dear Ed – Diane Priest called us yesterday with the news about Dawn. My thoughts immediately went back to the days when you and Dawn were on staff with Inter-Varsity and Peace Country Pioneer. You served well. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Dawn will be missed.

  • Howard and Martha simpson says:

    So sad Ed feel so sorry for you and your family didnt know Dawn was ill at all.We Love you all Prayers. Howard and martha.

  • Rose & Paul Chugg says:

    Dear Ed, Amy & Charlie, Josh & Alana, Janice & Matt, Juan & Lisa and families. We just now heard about Dawn’s passing…we send our love and heartfelt condolences to you all. May the memories of her life be a balm of comfort in the days ahead, a life lived fully for her Savior and the family she deeply loved. Praying for you. With love, Rose & Paul

  • Irene Climenhaga says:

    We are saddened to hear of Dawn’s passing. I always loved her bright smile and vivacious energy. May God comfort you and your family as you grieve. Irene (Warkentin) & John Climenhaga

  • Kyle and Colleen Jantzen says:

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Praying Jesus’ comfort and and sheltering over you all in the coming days. He is close to the brokenhearted and understands perfectly the way that you take. Peace. Kyle and Colleen Jantzen

    • Ruth Jantzen says:

      Thanks so much Lynne. Dad’s family has been a real blessing to me while enduring Dawn’s decline.

  • Lynne Patrick says:

    So very saddened to hear about Dawn’s passing. You have been on a difficult journey together over the past months. Know that I have been thinking of you both, remembering fondly childhood experiences together with Dawn and her siblings, wishing you all strength of heart and hoping for the best. I am grateful for Dawn’s life, her strong spirit and her faith. At this time of great change and intense personal loss, may you and your children be held in the depths of love and peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Ed, the children and their families, Herb, Israel, Claire and Ruth and their families.

  • Harold Hoffmann says:

    Dear Ed and Family- we send our earnest sympathies and condolences to you from our family to yours during this difficult time. Having lost three family members in the past month due to Covid has taught both about the fragility of life and that God can be trusted to work all things out together for good even when we don’t understand or comprehend the places where we find ourselves. Though we only met a few times through Kingdom City Airdrie and Sammy Robinson, both Kathy and I remember Dawn as a wonderful sweet woman who loved the Lord and wanted to see his Kingdom advance here on earth. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you in the coming days. Harold Hoffmann-Chairman of the Board- Kingdom City Airdrie

  • Carolyn Kolebaba says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family prayers to the

  • Robert and Dianne Priest says:

    Ed, as you can imagine it came as a total shock to get the news. You would have cared for her with all the love you two shared!! May you be experiencing the Power and Presence of our Risen Lord at this time.
    Sincerely and with MUCH love, Robert and Dianne

  • Frank & Cindy Behnke says:

    Dear Ed and Family, Our sincere condolences, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Dawn, we remember many a good times spent together snowmobiling, going to rodeos, church functions. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Much Love,
    Frank & Cindy Behnke, Peace River, AB

  • Rhonda Harvie says:

    Ed, family and Jantzen family. We were so sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time! Our sincerest sympathies❣
    Dale and Rhonda Harvie

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