Wiebe & Jeske Burial & Cremation Care Providers

← View All Tributes

John Snel

April 19, 1939 - September 21, 2021


John Snel was promoted into the glory of his heavenly father on September 21, 2021 at the age of 82. He was born to Gerrit and Jannetje Snel on April 19, 1939 in Nederhorst Den Berg, the Netherlands. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Nell; children, Mike and Susan Snel (Frisco, TX), Yvonne and Brad Nelson (West Kelowna) and Darren and Karen Snel (Oliver) along with 7 grandchildren; Cierra, Kate, Tyler, Brendan, Flancie, Trae and Emmy and one great grandchild, Alayah. John was the oldest of 7 children and is also survived by his sisters; Nellie and Wayne Ball (Abbotsford) and Ann and Kent Graham (Australia). He was pre-deceased by his parents and siblings; Gerda Cornish, Gary Snel, Angie Selles and Herman Snel. John immigrated to Canada with his family in 1957. He studied for a short time at UBC and spent 36 years as the Chief Medical Lab Technologist at Mission Memorial Hospital before his retirement in 2000. He was a faithful member of Living Hope CRC where he spent many years of service as a deacon, elder and a Synod representative in 1995 and 2006. He also served on the board of directors of the CRWRC. He will be remembered as a loving and dedicated family man, a man of strong faith and a caring servant to all he came into contact. He will be dearly missed by his friends, family and all of the people he met while camping. The family would like to share our sincere gratitude for the incredible compassionate and loving staff of the Menno Home East-1 who cared and loved John for the last few years. A celebration of life will be held at Living Hope CRC on September 27 at 1 p.m.


Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Debbie Weller
Relation: Friend

My sincere condolences to John’s wonderful family. I knew him through the hospital and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He had my girls 8 & 5 then to help him out with Pink & Purple day festivities at the park and saw first hand what a patient and caring man he was.
May your grief now be overtaken by laughter and joy as the happy memories take over your sad days in the near future.

From: Patricia Priebe
Relation: Worked under his leadership at MMH

Sending my heartfelt condolences to you Nel and Yvonne and your family.. It has been quite a journey you have walked together with John in these last years..He was a warm hearted man and I remember his smile , encouragement and laugh. He was dedicated to his faith and family.

From: Mel and Willa Kraft
Relation: Didn't know John real well but new Nell from the Royal Bank in Abbotsford and different family members.

Dear Nell:
We are so sorry for you loss. I am not sure we have any words or sayings that can convey how little we understand your loss, not having gone through this ourselves. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mel, Willa Kraft

From: George and Flory Boer
Relation: Acquaintance

Hi Nell and Family. We want to send our sympathies after reading John’s obituary in the Abbotsford paper. We feel a little out of the loop as we had no idea about John’s failing health. You are in out thoughts and prayers. May God be your strength in this difficult time! We know first hand, the grief of loosing a loved one. Blessings 💕💕

From: Eva Poulson
Relation: I didn't know John but worked with Nell at RBC for many years.

Nell, thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember the many wonderful years that you had with John. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

From: Sandi Durvin
Relation: Worked with Nell many years ago

Nell, I am so sorry for your loss. May your many wonderful memories flood your mind with laughter and your heart with love.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 27, 2021
Beginning at 1:00pm

Living Hope CRC
34631 Old Clayburn Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

34631 Old Clayburn Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

Floral Tributes may be ordered directly through our supplier for delivery throughout the entire lower mainland, from Hope to Vancouver:

Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Home
202-31314 Peardonville Rd.
Abbotsford BC
V2T 6K8


When ordering please have the name of the deceased, the date of the funeral service and the address/phone number of the delivery location for handy reference.

Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For John Snel

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes