Heerema, Janet Lillian

Heerema, Janet Lillian

October 29th, 2016

Gone too soon, Janet passed on to heavenly glory on Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Born second child of Robert and Lillian Shaver in St. Catharines on February 18, 1950, Janet is survived by husband Dr. Jelte (Jerry) Heerema, children (and grandchildren) Erin and Steven Newburn (Kristen, Jeffrey, Alyssa), Sarah and David Johnstone, Adam and Andrea Fischer (Zavier, Weyland), and step-children (and step-grandchildren) Angela Heerema and Omar Djibo (Pamella), Dr. Timothy and Jennifer Heerema (Ben, Kate), and Darryl and Jenny Heerema.  She is also survived by sister Kathleen (Robert) Leadley and brother Keith (Anne) Shaver, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Janet was a loving, devoted wife and mother who cherished her family times.  Her career was mainly as a church organist and music director, most recently at Oakridge Presbyterian Church in London and Trivett Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter.  She led church choirs and community choirs, and her energetic, enthusiastic style led her to organize two choir tours to England and Scotland in 2003 and 2006, singing in the great cathedrals, including a week as choir-in-residence at York Minster. Most recently Janet held the Celebration of Life Concert at Centennial Hall on November 15, 2015 to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research locally. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Tuesday, November 1 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, November 2 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The service will be conducted at OAKRIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 970 Oxford Street West, London, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment in Oakland Cemetery and a reception at the church. Donations now can be made to the London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) Women’s Health Care Campaign, or Ovarian Cancer, or a charity of your choice.

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Sonia BruleErin and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Janet was a wonderful lady with a beautiful spirit. Her caring, loving, and upbeat attitude and energy inspired a great many people. May your memories of her give you comfort and strength for the tough days ahead. Sonia, Chris, Connor & Giuliana
Dinah TaylorMy memory of Janet will forever be linked with the wonderful Celebration of Life Concert of which I was privileged to be a part. Her positivity, vibrancy and strong faith shone through at every practice. My sincere condolences to Jerry, her children, family and friends. She was an example to us all.
Mary-Lou SabatineI'm so sorry for your loss Jerry and family.....My heart breaks for you as I know how much you all loved Janet. I pray that the Good Lord will give you a peace that passes all understanding. Much love to all !!!!
Megan Foerster C7 oncologyJanet was such a lovely soul. It was a privilege to take care of her. She always wore a beautiful smile and never ever complained. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to all that loved her.
Brenda & Bill RothwellDr. Heerema, Our deepest sympathy to you in your loss. Our thoughts are with you & your family at this very sad time. Brenda & Bill Rothwell & family
Carol McFaddenJerry and Family: It was my great privilege to know Janet and 'inherit' the vibrant music program that she built at Oakridge. I so appreciate her support in tough times and even more so, the tremendous effort that she made to be at my husband's funeral last October. It meant so much to me. May you be uplifted by the support of family and community. Peace to you all!
Dana Kocus C7 OncologyIt was an honour to help support Janet through her illness. She faced every day with such grace and strength. My deepest sympathy to Jerry and the rest of the family.
Jody AxfordJerry, Erin, Sarah, Adam and family: My deepest sympathies to you and your families. Janet was an amazing and talented lady. But not just with music. She had the gift of making everyone she met feel special and loved. I had the honour & privilege of working with her at Oakridge Church. I will forever remember her love, guidance and friendship during my time working with her. Blessings & Hugs to all!
Sandra DixonJanet was such a beautiful woman, inside and out and so accomplished. It was a joy to sing under her direction in last year's Celebration Choir. Condolences to you, Jerry, your family and friends. She'll be so missed.
Carol LeBeauI met Janet when I joined the South Huron Community Choir and the Bell Ringing Group. It was such a pleasure to have her as our leader! Her incredible musical talent and her love of God was apparent in all that she did! She was a beautiful person, both inside and out! What a privilege to have known her! Jerry and Family, you will miss her dearly, but I am sure she will be guiding each of you, in her loving way, from heaven. My sincere sympathy to each of you, at this time.
Alex & Carrie RawsonAlex - The last I saw Janet was the concert she put on for donating to ovarian cancer. It was a beautiful concert that was put on that day. I knew Janet from the church in Exeter. She was organist, and it was amazing to watch her move her feet so quickly. I was really sad when I learned she had died. But I will always remember her as the enduring, happy person she was. I really loved Janet. Carrie - Alex echoes my sentiments too - singing in Janet's choirs was a privilege I treasure, but mostly just getting to know Janet was the biggest privilege of all. Our thoughts are with all of the family, and our hope is that you will have as many smiles as you do tears, remembering Janet and her legacy of joy and hope.
Don and Donna morgenrothWe are so saddened by the news of Janet's passing and send warmest condolences to you Jerry and the family. She was a very special lady who could light up a room by her very presence. It was an honour to have been able to participate in the Celebration of Life concert, almost a year ago now. How she had hoped to do another for a special cause. We shall all miss her.
Richard and Wendy HibmaDear Jerry and family, We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, May God comfort you at this difficult time.
Claudette LegerMy sincere and deepest sympathy to Jerry, Erin, Sarah and family. You are so precious to me being part of Janet's legacy. Through you, I will always remember how talented and dedicated to music the way Janet was with all of us. I have learned a lot from her music skills and unlimited knowledges. Her smile and incomparable humanity touching every heart! She has touched my heart and my soul. Her approach and encouraging words with her sense of humor always kept me positive, as her choir member, and respectful toward all kind of music and choristers. She has taught me a lesson of life through the path of singing collectively with her and her family members. It is well with my soul... Au Revoir, Janet!
Andrea Pollard, RNIt was an honour to care for Janet during her illness. She always carried herself with such grace and showed so much kindness to everyone who crossed her path . My thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.
Pat HartmanDear Sarah and Erin and families, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Your mother and our friend will be forever missed. She enriched all our lives with her warmth, energy, enthusiasm and sparkle, as she so generously shared her talents. Those trips to the UK are highlights for us all. Jim and I will return home from a month in Europe on the day of the funeral. Martha Joyce was kind enough to let us know of your loss. We would be with you in person if we could but please know that we will be thinking of you and sending you our love and support from across the ocean. Pat Hartman and Jim Reynolds, France
Grace Nielsendear Jerry, Erin, Sarah, Adam, Angela, Tim and Darryl and families. . . please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Janet. She was such a special person. It was a great pleasure to know her through visiting her at the hospital on a regular basis. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. She will be sorely missed. I feel blessed to have known her. May our gracious God and Father in heaven surround you all with His love, peace and comfort. from Grace Visser Nielsen and Jeff
Caroline OudykDear Jerry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Caroline
Sharon & John McNeillyDear Jerry, Sarah, Erin & families Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of Janet. She was a gifted musician but also a beautiful person inside and out and made you feel so welcome in her presence, whether it was at choir or her home. It was a pleasure to work with her in Exeter but an amazing experience with the Celebration Choir last year, such energy she displayed. I trust that all the wonderful memories you have made will give you peace and strength in the days ahead.
Don & Joan DawsonWords cannot express the sorrow we feel after learning about the death of your wife. May you ever treasure the wonderful times you had, and our prayers are with you & your family.
Sarah JimenezDear Adam, Sarah, Erin and families, I was heartbroken to hear the passing of your beautiful mother Janet. Your mother was a ray of sunshine in a dark day - so alive, vibrant and full of joy. Although I haven't seen many of you in years I always remember my time in your family with such warmth. Your mother took me in like a daughter and loved each of you so much. I'm so utterly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Heather HinesDear Jerry and Family, I was very sorry to hear of Janet's passing. She was a radiant, beautiful soul who touched the lives of everyone she met. May the wonderful family memories comfort you at this difficult time and give you many smiles in the future. She will always be with you.
Peter and Daniela Heerema. We are so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. Our condolences to you Jerry and to all of her family and friends. We only had the opportunity to meet her once but from that meeting we knew she was a special person with a very strong will to live and fight. She was an inspiration to us for sure. Rest easy Janet..free from pain and in Gods light. You sure gave cancer a good fight...
Naftel familyDearest Mrs Johnstone, Mrs Newburn and your family, Our prayers for our favorite tearchers are that in the midst of the incredible sadness that you would know the LORD's peace that goes beyond our understanding and that you would know that you are loved. Your Mom is a special lady who has gone on ahead and who also lives on in the caring and passion that you, her children, show in all you do. with our love
Ann McGregorWonderful memories of singing in Janet's choir at Oakridge Presbyterian Church. Such a positive, talented and lovely lady. I hope you can all take some comfort in the knowledge of the musical legacy Janet leaves behind. I am sure the Angel Choir in Heaven is a-buzz and the music there just got a whole lot sweeter. Sending loving,caring thoughts to Sarah and family. Wishing you peace and gentleness in the days to come.
Kae & Brad AcklandDear Jerry: We are so sorry for you loss. We will keep you in out thoughts and prayers.
Dr galilDr Heerema; Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time k.galil
|Shannon KuiackMy deepest sympathy to the Heerema family. I did not know Janet long or well, but she left a bright mark on my heart with her zeal for music and family and living life.
Mary Lou TremillsOur deepest sympathy to you Jerry and your family. It was such a shock to hear the news. Janet was such a fighter. You have been in our prayers all week. Janet was such a special angel who touched the lived of so many people. I only knew her for such a short time but even so, she made a profound impact. I treasured those rehearsal times together. Her musical skills and professionalism made our move back to London very meaningful.
Dianna HardyDear Jerry and family, Janet was a most lovely person and always showed respect and positive regard for those with whom she interacted. I have been so privileged to have been a part of bell choir at Exeter under Janet's leadership. She always made me feel like a very important person and that was a true gift to receive and a way to show her genuine love for every individual she ever met. Heaven is a little brighter with her passing and earth with the gifts she gave and inspired in each of us.
Laurie JohnstonI have only just found out about Janet's passing and feel deeply saddened. Janet was such a beautiful person, inside and out. I met Janet while my mom was in Vic Hospital and I was drawn to her by her beautiful smile, optimistic attitude and vibrant personality. She was such a talent. I will never forget her. I will always be touched by Jerry's constant support to his beloved Janet. Words cannot express how I feel learning of Janet's death. I'm sure she was an inspiration to others (including myself). A life that will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy on behalf of myself and my family. A special hug to you Jerry.
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