Janet, loving wife of the late William Edward Crandall, daughter of Edna and Borden Gerrard, died November 26, 2019 in MacKenzie Place Continuing Care Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta, predeceased by her sister Katherine (Tat) Fletcher of Dundas, Ontario and her brother William Gerrard Fairview, Alberta.
Janet is survived by her children Sharon (Nick) Nicolaides, Katherine (Peter) Dick, and Michael Crandall and grandchildren Christopher (Lisa) Nicolaides, Anton (Pamela) Nicolaides, Cheryl (Ryan) Pigeau, Kevin, Tracy (Art) Cholmondeley, great grandchildren Abigail Pigeau, Damian Cholmondeley, Milo Nicolaides and Andrew Nicolaides and brother Robert sisters Olive and Ada.
Janet had fond memories of growing up in Waterhole in the Peace River country. Her parents, Edna and Robert were early pioneers who attended to a big farm where they raised their six children and hired men to harvest the fields. Janet attended Alberta College where she studied stenography. She met her future husband, Bill on a train travelling across Canada. She and Bill lived in Toronto for a few years before they returned to the Peace River country where they took up farming for a number of years and raised three children before moving to Fairview where Janet began her long illustrious career in teaching music.
She taught several generations of families and had yearly recitals, many students of hers going on to successfully enjoying their own careers in music. It was the love of her life, second only to her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she doted upon. She taught music until she was 80 years old.
She spent many years travelling to Toronto visiting with Michael and Sharon and family and her sister Katherine in Hamilton, and Mike Crandall and his wife in Orillia during the summer trips. She enjoyed musicals in Edmonton and Toronto.
She was an avid traveller who travelled to China, Italy, Greece and Turkey and when Bill passed away, she started her yearly trips to Hawaii to visit her sister, Ada.
She was interested in people and formed lasting friendships, some of whom went on trips with her to China and Greece. Her many interests enriched her life. She enjoyed needlework, sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles and knitting for the needy. She was active in many aspects of church life, including playing the organ weekly for the Catholic Church in Fairview, playing for many weddings, funerals and being a member of the CWL. She loved gardening and playing cards. She also loved shopping, one time outdoing her daughters and West Edmonton Mall.
Janet had donated her body to research at the University of Alberta.
A Memorial Service for Janet will be held at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church August 20th, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Burial to follow at Friedenstal Cemetery.
Care entrusted to Peace Valley Funeral Home