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JANICE JEAN BERRY (MIDDLETON) (JAN)
Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JANICE JEAN BERRY
February 12, 1958 - October 30, 2020
Left to remember her are her husband of 42 years, Phil; sons, Andrew (Colleen) and Steven (Niki); four beautiful granddaughters (Eire, Lilah, Lennon and Eloise); brother, Tim; and sister, Cheryl; numerous brother and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and friends. Left to miss her scratches and snuggles are her two St. Bernards, Chewy and Delilah.
Jan was a universal caregiver, offering help and support to anyone she encountered. In her career as a nurse, there were countless stories of Jan's kindness extending beyond the outline of her duties. A trip to the store to provide groceries for a patient in need; bringing home cooked meals for patients on holidays; spending time after her shifts had ended to sit and be present with those who needed it. Her second career in floral design allowed her to showcase her creative talents, while making the dreams of her clients come true. She cherished her time in the Winnipeg wedding industry, and truly enjoyed being part of so many special days. Jan personally officiated many of the weddings of her sons' friends and extended family. She put her heart and soul into each interaction and each bouquet - it was so much more than just a job to her.
Jan's selflessness extended far beyond her work. To her family, she was the central beacon of love and encouragement; forever putting everyone's needs before her own. Jan and Phil met in Chateauguay as teenagers, and have been inseparable since. As a military family, they moved across Canada before settling down in Winnipeg in 1997. They built strong roots here and enjoyed a wonderfully supportive circle of dear friends and colleagues. Jan was very proud of her sons and their families, and cherished every moment with them. Many hearts will feel the ache of Jan's departing, but none more than Phil. She will remain in his heart forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, likely in the new year once gatherings can be done safely.
Jan loved her dogs, and was an advocate for numerous rescues. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your local animal rescue or humane society would be greatly appreciated.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Dear Phil and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. She was a remarkable person, both personally and professionally. I’ll never forget her kindness, generosity and friendship; as well as her quick wit and sense of humour. As saddened as I am, I take solace in knowing that she is with Chopper, Calli and Mojo. Please take care of yourself Phil. Sending all of our love. - Posted by: Lisa Fanjoy (Friend/Dog sitter) on: Nov 18, 2020
Sincere condolences to Phil, her two sons and their families. I met Jan many years ago thru my mother and father in law Mr Mrs Long and her mom Betty Middleton. Many happy memories of the two families getting together in Verdun and later in Winnipeg. Jan always had a wonderful smile and was the heart and soul of her family. I know you will miss her dearly. - Posted by: Louise Long (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2020
Janice was my home care nursing partner at one time. She was a great resource for me. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Andrea (Colleague ) on: Nov 14, 2020
Phil, Andrew, and Steven I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of our time with the Fort Garry Lions. Of course all the neighbourhood roadside chats! In the past few years having Jan flying over to our house with flowers for Kim to arrange. - Posted by: David Clayton (friend) on: Nov 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I had worked with Jan in Homecare program. Lovely person and talented. She will be missed. - Posted by: Valerie Alderson (Colleague ) on: Nov 14, 2020
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