Jeanne Mary Kanevsky

5 November , 192329 May , 2019

Jeanne Mary Kanevsky (née Stolcis) passed away peacefully, with dignity and grace, on May 29, 2019 in Comox, BC, with her daughters at her side.

Jeanne was born in Minnesota in 1923 and grew up in the Midwest during the Great Depression. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago before joining the U.S. Navy Waves during WWII. She met her husband, Joe, the love of her life, in Korea while serving in the Red Cross. He was a decorated combat pilot and Wing Commander in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. They were married in 1953 and had two daughters, Lannie and Gina. Unfortunately, Joe, a test pilot, died in a crash shortly after Gina’s birth in 1957. Jeanne continued her life of service to others as a Social Worker in Monterey, California. She raised her daughters there until 1970 when her political conscience inspired her to leave the US and settle in Courtenay, BC. Jeanne was a psychiatric social worker at the Mental Health Clinic for over 20 years. She was beloved by her clients for her insight and support. Throughout those years, and after retiring, she and Gina developed Dove Creek Farm as an active horse breeding and training center. Jeanne was a respected authority on pedigrees of both show and racehorses.

Throughout her life, Jeanne generously and continuously provided a loving home to dozens of furry friends, from barn swallows to donkeys. Second, only to her family, they were the joy of her life.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Norman Kanevsky, and her brothers Louis and Richard Stolcis. She is survived by Gina and Lannie Kanevsky, and Lannie’s fiancé, Charles Jack Fisher, Jr.

Jeanne’s family would like to express immense gratitude to the staff at Oceanview in Comox for their extraordinary care and compassion, and to Joey the cat, for his endless comfort.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Dove Creek Farm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Oceanview’s Pet Care Program would be appreciated. Details can be found at: You may also remember Jeanne by visiting our memorial at


14 September

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Dove Creek Farm

4639 Dove Creek Rd
Courtenay, BC V9J1P4


Jeanne Mary Kanevsky

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Tony Bairstow

12 June 2019

I have so many fond memories of my Aunt Jeanne from my first 30 years. She was obviously a great mother, having raised Lannie and Gina! My Mom was Joe's older sister; his loss in 1957 was a great blow to all the family. Wonderful childhood memories with her and the girls in Montreal, riding horses in the desert near Palm Springs I think, visiting them on the beautiful Monterey peninsula, and the last time I saw her was in August 1984 out at the Farm on Dove Creek Road. She had a helluva long run so kudos to her. I know her, Joe and Mom are now reunited in the great hereafter. The girls are in my thoughts and I will make every effort to make it out to the Island for the COL on Sept 14. Lots of love from cousin Tony.

Heather Walker

11 June 2019

Lannie and Gina, your Mom "Mom'd" many of us in those formative teen years and I smile with the memories. Your heartache and loss is shared, Hugs, Heather

Kris and Sidney Hopping

9 June 2019

It was a great honour that Sidney and I got to spend time with Jeanne. I regret not meeting her years ago. Love enters our hearts when least expected and remains forever.

Lannie Kanevsky

8 June 2019

Lannie Kanevsky

8 June 2019

Lannie Kanevsky

8 June 2019

Lannie Kanevsky

8 June 2019

Gina Kanevsky

7 June 2019