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Colleen Elizabeth Jenish

8 February, 19939 October, 2018
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JENISH, Colleen Elizabeth Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, at the age of 25. Beloved daughter of Gordon Jenish and Beth Jenish (nee Corrigan). Cherished sister and best friend of Alanna Marie Jenish. Adored granddaughter of Frank and Bernice Corrigan, and the late William and Betty Jenish. She will be forever missed and loved by her aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many friends, especially those in the fiddle and step dance community. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, October 16th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m., with a Memorial Mass to take place at ST. GERTRUDE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 690 King Street East, Oshawa on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Sashbear Foundation ( or a mental health charity of your choice are greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at


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John Purcell

5 December 2018

Beth, we enjoyed your company very much at the band’s table In Hagersville November 30. We wanted to know more about Alanna’s accomplishments so turned to Google. When we saw the obituary notice for Colleen, our hearts were broken for you, for Alanna, for your whole family. We are so very, very sorry for your loss.

John and Roberta Purcell

Steve and Al Fehrenbach

24 October 2018

Very saddened to hear of Colleen's passing. Deepest condolences to Alanna and her family.

Lisa nee Carter

23 October 2018

Dear Beth,

You were the first teaching partner of my career, back in 1997, at St. Pat's in Barrhaven. I remember your beautiful daughters coming in every now and then when you were setting up your classroom. I remember that they were the lights of your life and that you stayed home half time to be there for them and to attend their special school events. I knew then how loved they are and how proud you were then and are now . I can't imagine your family's loss. I am sure Colleen's light will shine forever and that her light will reach you in ways as special and unique as she was, always. You are all in my prayers.

Joanne Dawydchak

18 October 2018

Dearest Gord, Beth, Alanna, Frank and Bernice,
Colleen was such a huge part of our loving fiddle family as you all are. Her smile, kindness, gentle humour and outstanding musical talent was so generously shared with all of us. We so profoundly grieve her loss because we so profoundly love her. Allow your hearts to do this. Someone said to me that those who have gone before us are still amongst us in so many different ways like in the song of a bird, the music of a dance, or in the comfort of a familiar place, sound, smell or light. I truly believe this. Please know we are here for you and you can lean on us for love and support in this life changing journey.
With love, tears and friendship always,
Joanne, Andrew and Diana Dawydchak

Rebecca Casalino

17 October 2018

Dear Jenishes,

I have had the pleasure of growing up with Alanna from Bosco to Dwyer and into our adulthoods. Colleen crashed our prom camping and was part of quite a few of our shenanigans over the years. I'll never forget the bond that Alanna and Colleen shared and the obvious love and support that came from their parents. Colleen was always a friendly face and a supportive presence in my youth as Alanna's guiding older sister. I will always remember Colleen's conviction, passion, and intelligence. I cannot imagine the pain your family is feeling but I hope that some comfort will come from knowing she made a positive impact on our little group of friends acting as everybody's wiser older sister.


Paul & Kelly Hughes

17 October 2018

Oh, Beth, Gord, and Alanna - We are so very saddened to hear about Colleen. Her beautiful talent touched us so many times over the years and our hearts are heavy for your loss.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we send you our deepest condolences. xoxo

Bonnie McLaurin

16 October 2018

Dear Beth,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your dear daughter Colleen. I have fond memories of you as a teacher and colleague at St. Patrick’s School. I remember when you were pregnant and the joy and love you had for your daughters. I cannot imagine the pain and grief that you, Gord, and Alanna must be feeling. I read the touching tribute that Alanna wrote about Colleen that gave me a glimpse of how very talented, kind and special she was. I hope that the love and support of family and friends will surround you and that God will gift you with healing and peace.
Thinking of you,
Bonnie McLaurin

Pam Fitzgerald

16 October 2018

Dear Beth, Gord, Alanna, Bernice and Frank,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. The beautiful tributes and reflections speak to the tremendous impact Colleen had on the lives of so many. In her short lifetime, she brought great joy to young and old- sharing her music, laughter, kindness and engaging personality. As part of the fiddle and dance community, our family feels blessed to have shared so many beautiful moments with Colleen over the years and will cherish these memories. Blessings and love to all of you.

The Fitzgerald Family

Mark Sullivan & Family

15 October 2018

We are sending lots of love to the Jenish family and we are so very saddened by the news. I have such fond memories of Colleen and will reflect often on my time spent with her.

Rosetta (Angaran) Pitcher

15 October 2018

Dear Beth, Gord and Alanna,

It was many years ago that I taught at Bosco, and even though I had only taught Alanna, I remember thinking to myself what respectful, kind, caring, bright children you had. Sisters that were always there for each other with beautiful smiles brought up in a loving environment that continued right into their young adulthood. I am so saddened to hear about Colleen's passing. Heaven has definitely received a remarkable angel to help light the way. My deepest condolences and all my love and prayers are sent your way from Northern Ontario.

God Bless,

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