SHANNON (Dewar), Janet


SHANNON, JanetIt is with regret that our family announces that after a long life filled with great joy that the Lord took our Mom, Nanny, Great Grandmother home on Thursday, July 9, 2015 in her 93rd year.

Janet outlived her husband Ralph Shannon of 40 years, her son Andy (who was 19 at the time of his death), two sons-in-law and her second spouse Edwin Cooney of 25 years. She leaves behind grieving children Dianne Bellmore (Nelson – deceased), Gloria, Val Stephen-Trumble (Bill), Peggy McLeod (George) of Brandon, Manitoba, Geraldine Wright (Don – deceased), Ian (Jennifer Swanson), and Larry (Marcie Harrison) of Brandon, Manitoba. Grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild are: Lisa Bellmore and her daughter Sarah McLeod, Michael Bellmore (wife Lana, children William and James) of Red Deer, Alberta, Maya Lang (husband BJ, children Kian and Harper) of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Mac McLeod (wife Danielle, child Kyle) Victoria, BC, Leanne Vandenbosch (husband Layne, child Margaret) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Shannon McLeod (Jason Horkoff and expectant child) of Vernon, BC, Noel Stephen (wife Stephanie, children Giacamo and Nicco, Daana Wright (husband Paul Cooper, children Olivia and Ethan), Krystal and her son Andrew, Alexandria and Rheian, Shanye Poole, Jamie Poole (wife Michelle, children Hailey and Jordan), Brent Poole (wife Jodi, children Tyler, Braden and Colby). Janet’s step children are Diane Kisow (husband Kent, children Ryan, Sam, Josh and Ben) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Danny Cooney of Phoenix, Arizona, David Cooney of Appleton, Wisconsin and Dennis Cooney of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Janet also welcomed Don Wright’s children and was known as Nanny to them as well: Sher Wright (husband Ron Sonke, children Tayler and Conner), Tom Wright (wife Lyn, children Jessica Oldham (husband Joey, child Samson), Stephanie Wright), Terry Wright. Survived by sister-in-law Blanche Ash but predeceased by her only brother Allan Dewar, two brothers-in-law (Chet and Harold) and three sisters-in law (Isobel, Verna and Alice). She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Janet and Ed attended Mother of God Goulais River Catholic Church for the 10 years that they lived on Haviland Shores Drive. Janet in her youth grew up on a farm in the Wellington County (West of Kitchener) and as we grew up we had great memories of our family visits to southern Ontario.

She was one of the founding members of the Sault Figure Skating Club and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Pee Wee Arena. There was never a time that she didn’t have knitting needles or a crochet hook in her hand making toques for the hockey teams that the boys played for, making quilts for the grand babies, afghans for almost every one that she knew and in the last years of her knitting years she made beautiful socks for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She sewed professionally, including the wedding dresses of two of her daughters and all of the bridesmaids. She also cooked at the Pee Wee arena for many summers when the Sault Summer Skating School operated out of that arena. She coached the boy’s hockey teams when asked and never said no to any request that came her way. If you ask any of her children or grandchildren you will hear wonderful stories of all the great things that she did in her life that made changes in our lives. Mom/Nanny you will be greatly missed. We love you.

Thank you to the staff at Pathways and ARCH who made Janet’s life comfortable in the end. Our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. David Fera, not only her doctor but a friend as well. Thanks to Dr. Buehner, everyone on the palliative care staff, the special staff from We Care who came in daily to support mom and Nadene from Sunshine Homecare.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 2 – 4 with a private service to follow. After cremation she will be taken to Harriston, Ontario where interment will take place on August 1, 2015 and she will be joined with her husband Ralph and her son Andy.

In lieu of flowers donations to ARCH or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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