May 11, 1959 – August 18, 2020
Janice is survived by her husband, David Kindratsky; her children, Melissa Kindratsky (Canmore, AB) and Joseph Kindratsky (Grande Prairie, AB); as well as her grandchild, Mackenzie Kimberley Kindratsky (Grande Prairie, AB). She is also survived by her siblings, Pat (and Gunther) Griffel (Nanaimo), Ross (and Sandra) Smith (Surrey), Diane (and Steve) Gillis, Marilyn Chatwin, and Laurie Smith of Port Alberni. Janice was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Smith (Doupe); father, Leonard Smith and her brother in law Richard Chatwin.
Janice was fiercely loyal to her family, friends, and her own moral code. Through 41 years of marriage, she accompanied and supported Dave in sports, sailing, and business. Janice instilled in her children independence and a strong work ethic. She was a cheerleader for their choice of endeavours throughout their lives. Her granddaughter, Mackenzie continually delighted and impressed her, leading Janice to embrace FaceTime so that they could enjoy each other’s company.
Janice was born in Port Alberni, and was always happy here, especially in the quiet outskirts of town. Despite loving her privacy, she always kept an eye out for her neighbours’ well-being. Over the years, she “adopted” many children and pets and loved them as if they were her own. She has kept some rare valuable friends since elementary school with whom she had many adventures and laughs over the last 50+ years.
She created a warm, welcoming home that brought together family and friends. One could always be assured of a fabulous home-cooked meal at her table.
Her home was never complete without an animal-in-residence, cats and dogs that received the best of care throughout their lives. She cared just as much for pets that were not her own, such as George, a loaf of a cat that made himself at home on her porch until his family was found.
Janice focused her creativity on her home and garden, remodeling and redecorating the interior and nurturing a multitude of flowers and vegetables outside. She not only started projects, but she completed them!
Her career included 20 years at the Bank of Nova Scotia and ended at Beaver Creek Home Centre, a job that she enjoyed the most.
Janice injected her sense of humour and personality into stories that made them larger than life. She always did what she thought was right, even when it was difficult. We will never forget her strong presence and no-B.S. attitude. Her passing leaves a giant empty space in our hearts.
The family wishes to thank the incredible palliative home care team and all of the wonderful staff at the Ty Watson House. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janice’s name may be made to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society: Ty Watson House, 2649 Second Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1Z8.
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