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Roberta Dawn Janzen (English)

April 30, 1962 - March 13, 2020

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Roberta Dawn English was born on April 30, 1962, in Regina, Saskatchewan to Harold and Marguerite English.  At the age of 7, the family moved to Penticton, BC, where she graduated from High School and immediately attended nursing school as it had always been her childhood dream to be a nurse.  After graduating as an RN, Dawn moved to Calgary where she nursed at Calgary General Hospital on a medical teaching floor. Dawn later progressed in her nursing career and studied Critical Care Nursing at the University of Alberta and Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton AB. In the spring of 1985, Dawn met Clarence and they were married on August 15, 1987. A year later, Clarence and Dawn moved to Abbotsford BC, where Dawn would continue to work as an Intensive Care Nurse at Langley Memorial Hospital and then at the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford until their first son was born.  

Dawn officially retired from nursing as her heart’s desire was to direct all of her love and energy into raising their 5 children.  Dawn was an active home school mom for 17 years and she devoted her love for teaching and supporting the kids in multiple settings including Sunday School, sporting events, and music lessons. In 2001, the family moved to an acreage in Yarrow, BC, where Dawn raised the children through elementary-high school and university years. Their home in Yarrow was always the hub for family gatherings and holiday celebrations, even after all their children had moved away. 

In 2016, Dawn joined Clarence in his ministry with Creation Ministries International and they were able to travel and work together. They ministered together until she had her first four seizures on November 14, 2019, only 3 days after what would be their last ministry trip together on November 11, 2019.

Dawn passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 13, 2020 after a painful and heart-breaking battle with brain cancer.  Dawn is survived by her husband Clarence of 32 years and their children: Joel and Sherri Janzen and grandson Caleb, Jocelyn and Timothy Dyck and granddaughter Renee, Adam Janzen, Mark Janzen, and James Janzen and fiancée Laura Hegeman. She is also survived by her mom, Marguerite English of West Kelowna BC, and Dawn’s siblings: Joanne and Ken Jacobson with Kendra, Matthew, Ethan and Aleah of Calgary AB, Michael and Lana English with Ashley, Shane, and Faith of Winnipeg MB, and Chris and Andrea English with Elizabeth, Joshua, Benjamin and Jacob of West Kelowna BC.  Dawn’s father, Harold English, passed away on Feb 16, 2016, after his long battle with lung and heart disease.

On behalf of the entire Janzen and English families, we sincerely thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Dawn’s life. We pray you may experience the saving faith of Jesus Christ as lived out in Dawn’s precious life.   

We love you mom

Janzen Family

Due to the March 16, 2020, BC Provincial Government’s announcement that all gatherings over 50 people is now prohibited, we are grieved to announce that the memorial service for Dawn scheduled for this Saturday at Yarrow MB Church has been cancelled. As a result, we are arranging a small, private service to remember Dawn’s life. Unfortunately this service will be by personal invitation only. Please know that we plan to have a celebration of life for Dawn sometime in the future, once the virus situation has been resolved.  This may be this sometime this summer.

Please gather this Saturday at 2:00 PM PST with your family or with a small group to watch the live stream of the private memorial service.  The live-stream link is:

https://www.facebook.com/PrairieChapelAbbotsford/posts/497142944288732

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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

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From: Gail Bailey
Relation: Co-worker

I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family.

From: Sue Wright
Relation: Co-worker

My heart breaks for Clarence and family on the loss of a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. Your testimony of faith as you walked through this dark valley speaks of God’s amazing grace through the deepest of trials. I will pray for you during the difficult days ahead.

From: Kevin and Dorian Honey
Relation: Friend

Dear Clarence and family, Although no words can help to ease the loss you bear, please know you are being held close in every thought and prayer. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief, giving you the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and that He will take care of you throughout the days ahead.

From: Margaret
Relation: Loving friend

One or the other must leave,
One or the other must stay.
One or the other must grieve,
That is forever the way.
This is the vow that was sworn,
Faithful ’til death do us part.
Braving what had to be borne,
Hiding the ache in the heart.
One however adored,
First must be summoned away,
That is the will of the Lord.
One or the other must stay.

From: Siegfried & Janny De Jong

We are deeply sorry for your loss. May you feel the love that surrounds you, now and always. Thinking of you with sympathy – there are no words to describe how you must feel… sending our thoughts and prayers for healing, guidance, peace, comfort and strength. May the God of glory uphold you and help you through this difficult time.

From: Kathie Krahn
Relation: Friends

Dear Clarence and Family;
May God bring you healing during this very difficult time, comfort in His presence, and hope for tomorrow.
By faith, Dawn’s life pleased God and now she has joined the great cloud of witnesses , cheering us on, as per Hebrews 11 and 12. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Clarence, you too are surrounded. Surrounded by an earthly crowd of witnesses, loving you, praying for you, supporting you. You are not alone.
Darrell and Kathie Krahn

From: Tom & Bev Tripp
Relation: Creation Ministries International

Dear Clarence & family,
The livestream celebration of life service for Dawn was an extremely powerful testimony to the Lord’s “sovereignty, wisdom, and love” as demonstrated through such heartfelt sharing in word and in song of how Dawn was so godly, joyful, and thankful in all things. It’s a great comfort to know that Christ’s followers never have to say goodbye for the last time. May the peace that passes all understanding be your portion. To God be the glory!

From: Debbie Lichti
Relation: Friend

Jonathan and I are so saddened for all of you at this time on the loss of your beloved wife, and mother. We wanted to be there today but watching the live stream was still very moving. We mourn with you and continue to pray for each one of you. It was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman.

From: Bobbie-Anne McFee
Relation: Piano teacher

So sorry to hear of this tragic loss to your family. May she rest now in peace.

Service Schedule

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Due to the March 16, 2020, BC Provincial Government’s announcement that all gatherings over 50 people is now prohibited, we are grieved to announce that the memorial service for Dawn scheduled for this Saturday at Yarrow MB Church has been cancelled. As a result, we are arranging a small, private service to remember Dawn’s life. Unfortunately this service will be by personal invitation only. Please know that we plan to have a celebration of life for Dawn sometime in the future, once the virus situation has been resolved.  This may be this sometime this summer.

Please gather this Saturday at 2:00 PM PST with your family or with a small group to watch the live stream of the private memorial service.  The live-stream link is:

https://www.facebook.com/PrairieChapelAbbotsford/posts/497142944288732

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