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JANET ROSEMARY KENNEDY (GRANDMONT)
Born: Oct 25, 1952
Date of Passing: Jun 01, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
JANET ROSEMARY KENNEDY
October 25, 1952 June 1, 2022
Peacefully, the beautiful Janet passed away with her family by her side after a nine-year battle with cancer.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Leo Grandmont; and sister Diane (Bruce) Rennie. Janet is survived by the loves of her life, husband William; son Christian and wife Jennifer and their children Liam, Lauren and Lexi; daughter Camille; daughter Cara and husband Todd Honcharik and their daughter Loa; brothers, George (Gayle); Gerald (Lori), Philip (Lori) Grandmont; and sister Catherine (Mike) Macdonald; cousin and best friend Marilyn Rourke; as well as countless other family members and friends.
Janet was a country lady who started working in the big city in the early 1970s. Through her position at the Manitoba Legislature, she met her future husband, William (Bill), who worked in the same office. Their fun banter and friendship eventually turned into a romance, and the two purchased their family home in Winnipeg in 1976. Bill and Janet wed later that year and went on to have three beautiful children, all raised in their Wolseley home.
Janet loved children and was a natural teacher, leading her to pursue her teaching degree. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with a Bachelor of Education with a double major in business law and home economics. In addition to teaching, she helped Bill with accounting and record keeping in his consulting business.
Janet had many interests and talents: a gifted musician who learned to play piano by ear at the age of three, an excellent chef who loved throwing big dinner parties with family and friends, a fantastic gardener, and a home renovation queen. Although a teacher by trade, her true passion in life was interior design. Her creative talent was evident in her beautifully renovated 100-year-old home and Victoria Beach cottage, which she and Bill built in the late 1980s.
Victoria Beach had a special place in her heart. It was where she enjoyed time with family and hosting friends. Nothing brought her greater joy than having the grandkids down for a weekend for action-packed beach days, sleepovers under the stars, trampoline fun, and ice creams at the Moonlight Inn. She always served healthy treats like freshly picked saskatoons, homemade dill pickles, and veggies from her garden.
Janet was influential in shaping the lives of her children and grandchildren. She taught them the importance of hard work and the value of a dollar, but also how to have fun, laugh and do fancy things. She had an amazing way of showing her love for every one of them, making them feel uniquely celebrated. She instilled in them her love of music, concerts, travel, and entertaining.
Everything about Janet was beautiful her kind heart and generosity, sense of humour, stunning clothes and style, well-kept home, and especially the life she created with Bill. She will be greatly missed.
We would like to acknowledge with great appreciation those that supported Janet throughout her cancer journey; her oncologists and the entire team at CancerCare; the Saint Boniface Hospital staff that cared for her so sweetly in her final days; and the many friends and family who were always there.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel 222 Broadway Avenue, on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., and a private interment will occur beforehand.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2022
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
Bill and family. We offer you our deepest sympathy. Janet was such a beautiful person and fought such a hard long battle. She was definitely a trouper. We will very miss her at George & Gayles gatherings. - Posted by: Ron & Linda Onofreychuk (Friends) on: Jun 16, 2022
Peace to you, Janet. I treasure our shared moments. - Posted by: Vilnis Vulfs (Friend) on: Jun 14, 2022
Our condolences to Bill and his family. Janet was a delightful lady and I know will be deeply missed by the family. Jane and Wayne Stewart - Posted by: Jane and Wayne Stewart (University friends of Bill) on: Jun 12, 2022
Although I never got the chance to meet Janet in person, I feel like I knew her. Both Whitney and I heard so many wonderful things about this great woman through out friendship with Camille. We know how much Janet was loved and adored by her family and community, may her spirit live on and continue to inspire those close to her. Sending our deepest heart felt condolences to the family. Mick & Whitney Higgins - Posted by: Mick & Whitney (Friends of Camille ) on: Jun 10, 2022
I met Janet at Red River Community College taking Business Teacher Education. We were close friends thru that time, hanging out and going on a holiday together. She always had the biggest smile and made everyone feel included. I was just looking at our RRCC yearbook yesterday and thinking about her, wishing I’d stayed in contact. My condolences to Bill and family - Posted by: Vivian McCarthy (Murray) (College friend ) on: Jun 06, 2022
Janet was as open and generous as she was fun-loving and adventurous. She will be missed by us and many others. Our sincerest condolences to Bill and the kids. - Posted by: Steve K. (friend) on: Jun 06, 2022
Janet was a wonderful person. My deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Kerby Friesen (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2022
My deepest condolences to Janet's family. I met Janet many years ago as our family moved to Argyle and I attended Brant School. I have many fond memories of times shared with Janet and our mutual girl friends. As time will have it, we separated as our lives took us in different directions. The last time we saw each other was while we were both employed at the Manitoba Legislature. Janet may your beautiful soul find peace and rest and may God bless and keep you. I'm proud to have called you friend. Sincerely, Janet - Posted by: Janet Hughes ( nee Crawford ) (Childhood friend ) on: Jun 04, 2022
My condolences to Lori, Gerald and to all the Grandmont family. Now Janet is at peace and she now has no pain. Just think happy thoughts. - Posted by: Judy Grant (Family friend) on: Jun 04, 2022
I will remember Janet always for her remarkable resilience, unbounded energy, delight in life, and for her constant acts of kindness. Her life was rich and full, informed with her abundant love for her family and friends and with the beauty she created in her life. Together with Bryn, I wish Bill, Camille, Cara, and Christian and family much love and comfort. May you all be consoled by the many cherished memories Janet has gifted you. - Posted by: Penny Jones Square (family friend) on: Jun 04, 2022
Janet sparkle shone brightly, she was a caring, loving women. She took interest in her friends and gave helpful advise. Janet will shine brightly among the stars. Janet will be dearly missed. She will live on in our hearts and so will great wonderful memories. Deepest Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dennis and Frances Kaspick (Friends) on: Jun 04, 2022
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