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JAN KRAY (TROCHLUK) Obituary pic


Born: Jul 27, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2021

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July 27, 1932 - January 21, 2021

In God's timing, our Mom passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, January 21, 2021. At Mom's request and for the safety of all there will be no funeral. Our family will celebrate her life-well-lived at a later date.
She will be laid to rest at Glen Eden Cemetery, with her husband Mickey, who left her side 25 years ago this coming October.
Jan is survived by her three children, Randy (Kim), Pamela (Mike) and Andrew (Merrilee); her grandchildren, Jesse (Allison), Will (Meaghan), Madeleine (Ben), Quinn (Harris), Jack and Sam; and --special to mom-- her honorary grandchild Jayda (Laz), and their son Jensen; nephew Ron Chatfield; cousins, Barbara and Gary Pajak; and her dear Michigan niece and nephews, Mary-Ann, Robert and Richard Killewald (distance had no chance against the connection Mom had with them and their families). Mom was predeceased by her brother Walter Trochluk, her husband Mickey Kray, her sister Ollie Finch and her beloved niece Diane Chatfield.
Mom was a strong, stylish, forward thinking feminist who advocated for equality and inclusion. She was matter of fact and opinionated, respectful and empathetic, and always had a warm spot in her heart for the less fortunate. We all benefited from her wisdom and advice, her passion for human rights, her love of learning, and certainly her wonderful home cooking.
Mom had a very close relationship with her God and enjoyed many years of worship at Holy Redeemer Parish, bringing a compassionate and liberal voice to their fold.
A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Fred Douglas Heritage House, who lovingly helped care for Mom these past two years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Jan's favourite charities: Rossbrook House or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Dear Kray family, I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. While I hadn't seen her in years, I have very fond memories of happy days living on Sharron Bay. Your parents were both so welcoming to the children in the area. I loved your Mom's big hugs and smiles when I ran into her in adult years. She encompassed all with great love and kindness. Judy Neufeld Urbonas - Posted by: Judy Neufeld Urbonas (Sharron Bay Neighbour) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Kray family and appreciation of Jan's devotion and caring to the children and youth of Rossbrook House; through her individual support and as a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Phil Chiappetta Executive Director, Rossbrook House - Posted by: Phil Chiappetta (Rossbrook House) on: Feb 19, 2021

  • Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the Kray family. Jan was a very devoted parishioner, a loyal member of our Ladies Auxiliary. We have wonderful memories of her in the parish kitchen preparing for the annual fall suppers, the annual Mother’s Day Butter tart sale! She was precise and insisted on certain the GOLDEN sultana substitutes for her tart recipe! She is definitely missed but her memory lives on in our hearts and minds. Rest In Peace.🙏🏻 - Posted by: June Gray (Fellow parishioner/ Ladies Auxiliary Holy Redeemer Parish) on: Feb 02, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to Randy, Pam, Andrew and families. Your Mom was a wonderful women. Remembering many events through school, NK Community Club and Randy’s soccer team. Jana (Staples) Stratford-Waterous - Posted by: Jana (Staples) Stratford-Waterous (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2021

  • We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. Your Mom was a wonderful, kind hearted person, a great friend/neighbor with a sense of humor & joy of life. We will always treasure the kitchen visits discussing current affairs of family, politics and life. Many good belly laughs were shared. May your Mom rest in peace. God Bless Mary and Colleen Solar - Posted by: colleen solar (neighbor) on: Jan 31, 2021

  • Mrs Kray, may you Rest In Peace and may your Memory Be Eternal with God. Growing up on Sharron Bay was a wonderful experience. I feel blessed knowing the Kray family. In particular I appreciate how Mrs Kray regularly made me feel like part of the family. I pray that God gives Randy, Pamela Jennifer, Andrew Kray and families strength and love to get through this difficult time. With all our love, Glenn Solar and family. - Posted by: Glenn Solar (Neighbour and family friend. ) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • Randy, Pam, Andrew and your families. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a lovely person. I always looked forward to family gatherings when your Mom and Dad were coming because it was guaranteed to be a fun time. I also enjoyed listening to your Mom”s stories. She spoke her mind and I always admired that. Thinking of you all. ... - Posted by: Carla Bailey nee Johnson (Relative ) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • My Thoughts and Prayers with you Randy, Pam, Andrew and your Families. Today and always, may Loving Memories bring you peace, comfort and strength. Your Mom and Dad are your guiding hands on your shoulders that will remain with you ALL FOREVER. GOD really did something special when HE Blessed me with friends like you. - Posted by: Kim Kozak (Family Friend) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Kray family. Jan was a warm person comforting to those in need of it, welcoming outsiders to be included. I admired her for her compassion towards others. She will not be forgotten. A truly remarkable lady, Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Ross Watson (Friend of family) on: Jan 30, 2021

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