August 31, 1940 – High Prairie, Alberta
January 31, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with deepest sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Jean Rose Loch in Calgary, Alberta on January 31, 2015 at the age of 74. Jean is the cherished wife of Raymond Loch through 54 years of marriage, the loving mother of Kelly Jean Loch (Jeff Labelle) and Warren David Loch (Petra Russnak) and grandmother to Kara Katherine Loch Labelle and Connor William Jeffrey Loch-Labelle.
She is survived by her siblings, Peter Orichowski (Judy) of Kamloops, BC and Diana Horyn (Edd) of Edmonton, AB; her great aunt, Annie Hegi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, Kate and William Orichowski; her brothers, Steve and Russell; her niece Tracy Price; and nephew Lorne Stevens.
Jean was born to Kate (Harsula) and William Orichowski in High Prairie, Alberta on the family homestead August 31, 1940. Jean moved when she was a toddler, to Sprucefield Alberta where the family farmed and raised animals. Jean and her siblings Steve, Russell, Peter and Diana grew up on the farm until they grew up and moved away.
Before leaving the farm, Jean met Raymond while he was doing surveying in the area and a romance developed with them being married in Edmonton October 8, 1960. Kelly was born in August 1961 and Warren followed a few years later in November 1963. Raymond and Jean moved the family to Kamloops in 1965 for Raymond’s job and they enjoyed many years there growing their young family, camping and enjoying the nice warm weather of BC. 1971 saw another move of the family to Calgary Alberta for work and the family settled into their current home where they have been for 44 years.
Jean loved nature and her passion was gardening – she nurtured all kinds of bulbs, flowers, plants, vegetables, and trees – she could not resist gathering slips of plants from where ever she travelled. Her house and yard are full of plants with all types of blooms throughout the year. Her legacy of gardening lives on through Petra, Kelly and many others.
Jean wasn’t afraid of hard work and getting her hands dirty. Jean was active in every community she lived as a Jaycette, Girl Guide leader, Census taker, Elections Returning Officer, Enumerator, and volunteer for numerous charities. She helped at the farm, was an excellent painter and helped many people in the family with their renovation projects.
Jean loved to read. There were always books by her bedside table, and tucked away in many places in the house. She loved music spanning a large number of genres – folk, classical, gospel, jazz, rock, and country to name a few. The radio was always on, and she enjoyed playing LPs and CDs on the stereo. She also immensely enjoyed seeing her grandchildren sing, dance and play piano and she would travel to BC to see their concerts.
Jean had an amazing memory and loved to learn. She hosted and played Bridge with a great group of ladies. She completed numerous crosswords and in 2013, Jean discovered how she could better access information for her crosswords using a simple tablet that Warren gave to her. With her new found interest in technology, Ray purchased a Google Playbook for Jean and the world opened up even more for crossword answers, music, movies, and looking up information on just about anything. Jean spent countless hours (on “The Googler” as she called it) watching music videos on You Tube, looking for music that wasn’t already in her collection and learning more about the world around her.
Jean was friendly and loved to talk with anyone – even complete strangers. Visiting with family and friends was very important and she and Ray made regular trips to the Edmonton area including the ‘farm’ to visit parents, other family and longtime friends such as Shirley Lamash who she knew since she was about 18 and first working in Edmonton. When Kelly moved to BC and settled on Vancouver Island it was another reason to travel. Jean and Ray drove and flew regularly to enjoy visiting and numerous activities with Kelly’s family such as camping on Saltspring, seeing the petroglyphs on Gabriola Island, going to Long Beach in a snowstorm, and up to Mount Washington ski area with no snow.
Jean liked travelling and enjoyed trips across Canada, to the USA and all over western Canada with Ray, in the truck and camper. Jean was a ‘prairie girl’ and didn’t like heights or flying. She overcame her fear of flying to be able to take cruises and to travel to Europe. They cruised in the Caribbean with Peter and Judy, through the Panama Canal with Jack and Evelyn, flew to England and Spain, and did a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.
Jean was an amazing cook and baker and every meal was made with love. Christmas Dinner 2014 was spectacular as was each batch of cookies she would make. She loved fine dining and hamburgers with equal enjoyment. Jean was always interested in different types of cuisine, loved exploring farmer’s markets, and would never hesitate to try new foods.
Jean never hesitated to help out, to provide wisdom, or to share what she had. We will miss her forever but we know she would say:
“Goodbyes are not forever
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you
Until we meet again!”
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary) on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary) on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6
Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
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