I sang with Jean in the choir at St Gerard’s. And, then, met her many times after weekday Mass at St Bonaventure Church. For a time, we shared an hour in the Adoration Chapel there. I always enjoyed our chats and Jean’s sense of humour.
My condolences to her family.
We first met Jean when I (Yvette) joined St. Gerard's Choir in 1984. During all those years, Jean never mentioned to me that she had her grade 10 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. We also never knew that she had gone back to school at age 52 to complete her high school. We did know, however, that she was at the University of Calgary studying for her BA in French. I was especially thrilled that she was studying the history of the Acadian people as that is my background. She had ambition but also courage and humility and knew hard work.
We enjoyed many dinner parties at and with the Denesuks and I also still have some of Jean's recipes. We continued to keep in touch even after we moved back to Ontario in 2002. In fact, we enjoyed 2 fantastic trips with Jean & Stan...one to New Zealand and an Adriatic Cruise. Thank you for the memories, Jean & Stan!
We have lost a dear friend and offer our deepest condolences to Stan & family.
Yvette & Glen Loffree
Allison, Geoff and Stan,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. We lived across the street from the Denesuks in Canyon Meadows and I went to school with Allison. They were always so kind and helpful. Deepest of sympathies to all of you.
Valerie Fraser (Green)
I babysat Allison and Geoff and the family’s precious little poodle Tammy numerous times when Jean and Stan travelled. Jean and Stan were so helpful; they took care of my 14 guinea pigs for a week one summer and one of the guinea pigs had babies creating quite the situation. Jean was my inspiration when I went back to University as a mature student. We had great conversations about school and learning. She helped me with confidence and made suggestions on how to use the University Library and find resources for writing research papers. Jean was an excellent cook and my mother Lil and I so enjoyed a beautiful dinner Jean and Stan prepared in their home after moving from Canyon Meadows. We still have a couple of her recipes. We lived right behind Jean and Stan in Canyon Meadows sharing a common back fence and my family loved to hear her play the piano through open windows. Jean was very giving and had an infectious smile. We are so sad to hear of Jean’s passing and our deepest sympathies go out to Stan, Allison, Geoff and all the family,
Love Carolyn, Lil and family
I have many fond memories of Jean. We played bridge together from the mid 1970's. Our children were in school together and Jean and I both volunteered at St. Catherine's School. We were so proud of her when she went back to school and got her University degree. I miss our activities together but know she will be happy in her eternal home. My sincere sympathy to Stan, Allison and Geoffrey and all the family.