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Born: Jan 27, 1957

Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2022

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(née SHEARD)
January 27, 1957- January 11, 2022

It is with incredible sadness we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Janice Saurette on January 11, 2022. Janice was taken from us far too soon and had so much life ahead of her. She will be missed every day and will constantly be in our thoughts.
Janice is survived by her husband and best friend Ray; sons, Derek (Arlene) and Mark; granddaughter Lauryn and step- grandson Cayden; siblings, Craig (Barb) Sheard, Brenda (Herb) Vielhaber and Carlene (Randy) Rummery; brothers-in-law, Bert (Ros) and Barry Saurette; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Henry Sheard and Shirley Domenco and her brother Kevin Sheard.
Janice was born in Winnipeg and grew up in East Elmwood, where she attended school until graduation. Her great interest growing up was baton twirling for which she won many awards. She was the oldest daughter of five children and lovingly helped her parents care for her younger siblings.
In 1976 Janice took Radiology Technology at Red River College/Health Sciences Centre, which is where Janice and Ray met and became inseparable friends. They embarked on a life together in 1977 and married in 1980.
After graduation from RRC in 1978, Janice was hired part-time at Concordia Hospital. She then returned to HSC in 1979 and worked there until her retirement in 2018. Janice was an excellent Radiology Technologist who consistently executed high quality diagnostic images. She made many lasting friendships through her career and especially loved travelling with work friends to the US on Black Friday shopping trips, where she would come home loaded with Christmas gifts for her family.
Janice and Ray took many trips to their favourite destinations of Mexico and Florida, as well as to other locales in the south. Her favorite trip was in 2016 when her son Derek held his wedding in Cuba. Many of her family attended and all had an amazing time together. We are so happy she had that experience.
Janice was a kind, gentle, soft spoken person who cared deeply about family. Janice loved being a mother and her greatest pride and joy were her boys Derek and Mark. She would literally do anything for them and worried if they would be alright right to the end.
Janice's final years were a battle she was unfortunately destined to lose. She never gave up and fought long and hard against unbeatable odds. She persevered through a horrible illness and a challenging healthcare system due to the seemingly endless pandemic.
The family wants to thank the excellent doctors, nurses and healthcare aides at the Med 2 and Palliative care units at Selkirk Regional Health Center, where Janice spent her final weeks. It was there she found proper care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place. A service is being planned for a later date when gathering is permitted.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit, PO Box 5000, 120 Easton Drive, Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2 or online at in memory of Janice Saurette.
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My condolences to Ray and the family. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with Janice for many years. She was a very compassionate and caring person. We were all very saddened to hear of her medical struggles after retirement. She will be missed. - Posted by: Barb Zilke (Co-worker) on: Jun 02, 2022

  • Our sincerest condolences from the Schouten family. - Posted by: Karen Schouten (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2022

  • We would like to send our condolences to Ray and family. This was such a shock. We had some good times with them, hanging out at West Edmonton Mall and also visiting them at their trailer many years ago. She will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Susan Vanderhorst (Family Friend) on: Jan 27, 2022

  • I was so saddened to hear of Janice's passing. My deepest condolences to her family. I worked with her for many years at HSC . We had many great times at work talking about family and work and everything in between. She was a very calm and caring person, so much so that the students and new staff called her their work mom. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Take care Ray and family. My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Donna paziuk (Co-worker and friend.) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • My condolences to all. I grew up a few houses down from the family. I remember Janice well. So very sad. - Posted by: Roberta Stuart(Macaulay) (Childhood friend) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • Janice was my co-worker for many years, but more importantly I was lucky enough to call her my friend. Her steadfastness and calmness at her job, guided all those who worked with her. My memories will always be of our shared laughs, and there were many thru the years. The world is a little less bright without Janice. The pain of her loss is deep, especially for Ray and her family. My heartfelt condolences to them. - Posted by: Brenda-Lee Irwin (friend and co-worker) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • I worked with Janice for many years. She was always a wonderful caring great friend. Rest in peace Janice. The world has truly lost a wonderful caring person! - Posted by: Susan Fors (Co-worker) on: Jan 22, 2022

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