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  1. Wendy Murdoch nee Smythe
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    I am sorry for you to have lost your Mom. It’s a big event! I have loving memories of your parents in Vancouver. They were very special and I’m sure they affected every young student who was leaving home for the first time along with those who left their countries for new horizons. Couples like them just became second parents for so many of us. I hope that you are finding comfort at this time. Your Mom lived to be a great age and she still had that spark of life. She really didn’t change much from when I knew her. (35-40 years ago).

  2. Shirley Blair
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    Gertrude and Emil were so very kind to me when I lived in Vancouver and then in their basement. I will always remember them with great fullness. I always appreciated the bond of fellowship with them.

  3. Hilde Barene
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    I remember the time I moved from Germany to Canada. I didn’t know a soul, but Emil and Trudy invited me to stay with them till I found a place to live. They became my second parents. I have many fond memories and cherish them. Trudy’s faithful life is an encouragement to me. I will miss her dearly.

  4. Maryalice-Murray Wood
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    Just wanted you 2 girls, Janet and Karen, that we have appreciated your mom(and dad) so much through the years. We were so welcomed in their home when we first came to Vancouver in 1967. Our first time away from home and my sister Linda and I loved our meetings in your parents home each Sunday and often a meal together afterwards! Later Linda moved into your basement suite, so we had lots to do with your family during those years. Each convention since then have appreciated conversations with your dear mom, her generous smile and warmth of her hugs!! It was a privilege to know her indeed! A life well lived!! Love to you and yours from us both, Maryalice (Stephen) and Murray Wood.

  5. Betty Gregg
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    Dear Janet and Karen,
    I have just watched the lovely service for your dear Mother. Thank you for enabling us to enter into it in tis way. You girls were so brave as you shared about your Mum, and it was lovely for we, who were watching, to hear the heart-felt items you mentioned. Someone spoke about her sparkling eyes and I often think of that too. Her eyes just really sparkled and they showed the earnest pleasure she had in ‘living’. Am glad I had the privilege of knowing your Mum. Thinking of you girls in this huge loss and pray you will feel the real comfort the Father is wanting to give.. With love to you both, and prayers you will daily feel God’s Spirit drawing near and bringing comfort, guidance and care. With love, Betty

  6. Michael Douglas
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    Beautiful tribute to a life long lived, a very extraordinary person.
    You ladies have made your mother proud! Thank you for allowing me to virtually attend her service today..

    Mike Douglas

  7. Cheryl Rempel
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    Janet and Karen I have such warm memories of your Mom. Wishing you and your families lots of comfort as you say goodbye to your dear Mom.

  8. Donna Stephens
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    Karen & Janet
    Thinking of you as you say goodbye to your dear Mother! They live on in our hearts forever! 💕 Wonderful memories!

  9. Kelvin
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    I’ll always remember the visits at the house on E 41 st. Aunt Gertrude was always so happy and welcoming with the larger than life laugh. She will be missed. My thoughts are with you Janet and Karen.

  10. Sharon (Pollock)
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    Janet and Karen,
    So sorry for the loss of your dear mom! Remembering the years growing up with you in Vancouver and your mom’s lovely smile, great laugh and smiling eyes!! Always enjoyed chatting with her when I saw her in the years since I left. Wishing you and your families much comfort as you remember your mom.

  11. Ken
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    So many years of memories.

  12. Lesia
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    I remember Emil, Gertrude & daughters coming to Gospel Meetings for years, & conventions, special meetings, always warm & friendly smiles. Gertrude made awesome plumb baking. Lesia

  13. Denise
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    Janet and Karen and families. Thinking of you in your loss. Trudy was a faithful and true soldier for everything she believed in. She gave her all. Have fond memories of your dad too. I remember when I first moved to Canada it was always “Emil and Gertrude” 🙂 and many other great couples who have long since gone.

  14. Shirley Embree
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    Janet and Karen, I remember your Mom’s smile, her jovial manner, and her kindness.
    You will miss her.

  15. Raymond McGavigan
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    Fond memories of being warmly welcomed into Emil and Gertude’s home as new immigrants November 2 1975! Special people.

  16. Glenn White
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    Thinking of you Janet and Karen. I remember Your Mother’s little smile.

  17. Richard & Becky Wodelet
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    Janet and Karen……Thinking of you losing your dear mom….
    She was a very special lady…we loved her and felt her love in return….
    We loved being in mtgs with her……Her love for Truth was inspiring…
    May you find comfort in knowing she has gone home and is enjoying the fullness of
    God’s love and joy and peace….in his presence…
    You will miss her…and we will too…
    Love, Richard and Becky

  18. Karen Lanoue
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    So many memories of growing up with the Jantzes. Sunday morning meetings, playing downstairs with Janet and Karen my brother Terry. Very nice memories. I’m sorry for your loss!

  19. Karen
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    Janet and Karen
    My condolences as you say goodbye to your Mom.
    I have many good memories as a young child spending time at 1717 West 41st.
    Your parents were very hospitable with your Dad sharing a joke and your Mom with her twinkling eyes serving delicious meals.
    Take Care
    Karen (Doering) Manary

  20. Lori
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    Rest in peace Aunt Gertrude – so loved and will always be remembered. With love from your Niece Lori.

  21. Renee Lavdas
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    Gertrude a special friend and we loved to visit with her and her most infectious laugh. Will miss seeing her at Glen Valley. Renee Lavdas Cassou

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