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RAFAEL, Janet Louise (nee Smith)

Posted By Obits On August 22, 2011 @ 9:31 AM In Obituary | 34 Comments

March 2, 1947 – August 22, 2011

Janet, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of August 22, 2011, surrounded by her family, after a valiant battle against cancer.

Janet was a warm and highly social person who had the uncanny ability to make friends everywhere she went. She touched many people with her strength and kindness; Janet was truly a mother to us all.

Janet is survived by her husband George; three sons and their families, James (Jill), Marc (Marla) and her youngest, Andy (Gina); three grandchildren, Ethan, Henri, and Sheila. She will be missed dearly by all those who she left behind.

The family would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to the medical staff of the ICU unit at the Foothills Hospital. Donations can be made in her name to: Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331 – 29th Street N.W. Calgary AB, T2N 4N2 or www.albertacancer.ca. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Janet Rafael, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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Condolence from Sandra and David Perkins on August 24th, 2011 12:04 PM

George and family, we are so deeply saddened by this….If you need help with anything at all please let us know.
Our thoughts are with you..

Take care,
The Perkins

Condolence from Frank and Patty Kemeri on August 24th, 2011 12:10 PM

George and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from D’arcy and Elaine Elliott on August 24th, 2011 12:18 PM

We knew Janet as an amazing person, a brave and beautiful soul, and a lovely and caring woman. She was such a pleasure to be with, always with the most positive outlook on life no matter the circumstances. We were always amazed and impressed at her ability to refuse to play the straight man to George’s endless jokes, invariably coming back with her own punch lines or response to his jokes with her own imitable sense of humour. She was so clearly a perfect soul mate for George, and while we will miss her ourselves we cannot imagine how much she will be missed by the family. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on the loss that you are all feeling so deeply now. She will live on for the rest of our lives in the fondest memories of those who knew and cared for her.

D’arcy and Elaine Elliott

Condolence from JoAnn Goodwin on August 24th, 2011 12:57 PM

My sincere symptahy to you all. Janets passing is a great loss to us all, especially the Stitch Girls.
Joann Goodwin

Condolence from Judie Laird on August 24th, 2011 1:07 PM

Dear George – I was so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. It’s been a number of years since the Carl-Air bowling days but I do remember the good times we had back then. My sincere condolences to you, the boys and their families. Jan was always so upbeat and fun. I wish she’d had more time to sparkle – great smile, great gal – cherish your memories..Judie Laird (Aucoin)

Condolence from Dennis Hruska on August 24th, 2011 1:24 PM

George and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.


Condolence from Aldrick Bueno on August 24th, 2011 1:35 PM

George, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.

Condolence from Cathy & Doug Olson on August 24th, 2011 2:09 PM

We are so sad to hear the news. What a gentle sole Jan was. Although we had been out of touch, we always remember the Rafaels and Jan fondly. Our lasting impression is of Jan in Florida. How she loved that place. Our thoughts and prayers go to you.

Condolence from Ron and Heather Yarwood on August 24th, 2011 3:32 PM

Please accept our heartfelt condolences with Jan’s passing. George, Heather and I wish you, the boys and the family strength and comfort through this sad time.

Condolence from Doug Hommy on August 24th, 2011 3:45 PM


I was so sorry to hear of this. My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time.

Take care.

Condolence from Andy Boettcher on August 24th, 2011 4:26 PM

George and family, my sincere sympathies to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Darcy and Donna Morgan on August 24th, 2011 4:29 PM

George – love and strength to you and your family during this time of grief.
– Darcy and Donna

Condolence from Megan Fisher on August 24th, 2011 5:19 PM

I was so sorry to hear the sad news. I will always have fond memories of Janet and because of her I will remember to appreciate the value of the little things in life.

Condolence from Albert and Renata Kain on August 24th, 2011 5:43 PM

George, We are truly sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. We offer our condolences to you and your family. Although we have known Janet for a short time on a couple of occasions, Janet was considerate, joyfully, helpful and a very nice person.

Take care.

Albert and Renata Kain

Condolence from Rob & Patti Remus on August 25th, 2011 8:02 AM

George and family,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife and mom. You will undoubtably miss her so much, but she will be taking care of you from a different place now.

Condolence from Joni Bradley on August 25th, 2011 8:21 AM

My heart is with you and your family George at this time. Celebrate Janet and remember all the good times your family has had together.

Joni and Family

Condolence from David Lepa on August 25th, 2011 8:33 AM

George – I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Dave Lepa

Condolence from Bev Brogden on August 25th, 2011 9:40 AM

George, my sincere condolences to you and your family….my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Glen & Lucille Jakubowski on August 25th, 2011 5:00 PM

We are so very sorry to have lost this grand lady at such a young age. We have been very fortunate to have our daughter Jill join such a lovely family and to have had such a wonderful Granny for our shared grandson Ethan. Our sincere condolences to the whole family.

Condolence from Valerie Silbernagel on August 25th, 2011 6:39 PM

George: I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Kind regards, Valerie

Condolence from Steve Loria on August 25th, 2011 7:30 PM

My sincerest condolences to you and the family. I also wish you all strength in this time of sadness and know my thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Larry & Sherri Pelletier on August 26th, 2011 6:31 AM

George. We were so sad to hear of Jan’s illness and passing. She was a great lady! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
We wish you peace.
Larry & Sherri

Condolence from Mark & Alyce Givarz on August 26th, 2011 6:34 AM


As part of your Coral Shores ‘family’, we will always remember Janet, and will think of her whenever we are here at the beach. She was, and continues to be, a blessing and inspiration to all who knew her.

Mark & Alyce
St. Louis, MO

Condolence from Teresa Jones on August 26th, 2011 6:42 AM

George, all of us from Coral Shores have been thinking of you and Jan and missing you. Words can’t express, here’s a big hug from me……. God Bless you

Condolence from Matt and Katie Smith on August 26th, 2011 1:55 PM


We’re so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Matt & Katie Smith

Condolence from Janice Fennell on August 26th, 2011 5:30 PM


We heard today about Janet’s passing. What wonderful memories we have of when we lived in Silver Springs and saw Janet on a regular basis.

We are so sad to hear the news. A great, great lady with such warmth and laughter!
Janice and Dave Fennell

Condolence from Leo and Marjorie Aucoin on August 28th, 2011 7:15 AM

George and family:
I am so sorry for your loss…..Jan was such a nice lady who was kind to everyone. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warmth of friends.
My sincere condolences,

Condolence from Allison & Troy Stephenson (JoAnn’s daughter) on August 28th, 2011 8:00 AM

George and family – we are very sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. We feel so lucky to have visited with her when we were visiting Calgary earlier this year. She was a strong lady who always looked out for everyone else, especially Joann! Take care during this difficult time.

Condolence from Manny Altshuler on August 29th, 2011 10:05 AM

George, my sincere condolences.

If I can help in any way let me know.


Condolence from Gary McPhee on August 31st, 2011 8:22 PM

George and Family – Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Gary and Sonia McPhee

Condolence from Don Burdeyney on September 1st, 2011 8:43 AM

George and Family
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Eileen Rowland on September 1st, 2011 8:46 AM

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Gloria Spielman on September 1st, 2011 5:57 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss her dearly, as she was friendly with the people at Northland Walmart.

Condolence from Todd and Sue Frerichs on September 6th, 2011 8:26 PM

Our thoughts go out to you and your family George.

Todd and Sue Frerichs

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