Janice Ann Bennallack
22 October, 1957 – 12 February, 2020
Janice Ann Bennallack. Born October 22,1957, passed into the arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, February 12, 2020 at the palliative wing in the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 33 years Vincent Bennallack. Daughters, Leane Winger (Jesse) and Kathryn. Her son Nathan and step sons Jeff (Tzena) and Danny (Brandi). Grandchildren, Steven, Kenneth, Marley, Karis, and Mikaela. Also survived by Adria Baker (sister) (children Denise and Darren). And very special mention that mother Ann Lillbeck, 97 years, is still with us while Janice was predeceased by father (Johannes) Einar Lillbeck. Janice grew up in Burnaby, attending Alpha for all her schooling and then attending BCIT. She began a job at BC Hydro, which became a job at BC Transit in Victoria. It was there she met her future husband, Vince. They were married in September 1986. Janice would be the first to tell you, that her real life began shortly after the birth of her first child; it was then that she met her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He became the centre of her strength and purpose. In 1992 the decision was made to be a stay home mom and raise and home educate her three children. That was her career, a Homemaker and Teacher. During that time, the family enjoyed so many adventures with school co-ops, sports events, camping trips, Canadian exploration, and not least of all, the many dramas performed at Saanichton Bible Fellowship. Janice touched so many lives within the various communities she was part of. Then, in 2011, the word you never want to hear: “Cancer”. The Glioblastoma was removed and the prognosis was grim, but God...... Many people around the world prayed and God, in His infinite mercy, extended her life over eight more years. An excellent quality of life that included her daughters graduating university, one daughter’s marriage, the birth of four grandchildren, trips to see relatives in Sweden and Ontario plus our many, yearly “Konos” camping trips at Rathtrevor. Janice’s greatest ministries were here in Victoria. She volunteered with “Family Life Canada” donating her time every year to assist with the marriage life conference “Weekend Getaway” at the Fairmont Empress, then twice yearly at Saanichton Bible Fellowship, a work called “Shared Closet” was a great passion of hers, reaching out to the community with a practical and fun clothing swap. Janice would want us to share with you a word of peace from the Bible. “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT Lastly, many thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Ward and the almost nine years of care at the “Cancer Clinic”. If you feel lead to make any kind of donations in Janice’s name, we would recommend the Cancer Society, ERDO Child Care Plus, (sponsoring children in Malawi), or Family Life Canada. The Celebration of Life will take place at 1:30pm on March 14, 2020 at Saanichton Bible Fellowship, 2159 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton BC.
A Celebration of Life
Saanichton Bible Fellowship
2159 Mt. Newton X Road
Janice Ann Bennallack
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February 24, 2020
Hi Vince and family
I love that you included Jan’s Shared Closet Ministry. She was so faithful to that. She inspired me with how she handled this journey with gratefulness. You will miss her and the coming weeks and months will be hard. You are all very much in our hearts.
February 20, 2020
My dear friend Janice has always been an example to me of a quiet courage, a gentle strength, and a firm, unshakable faith. Indeed, Jan did not "abandon in the dark what she believed to be true in the light."
God was (and is) her Saviour, Sustainer, Strong Tower, Refuge and Strength.
I will never forget all our precious years together of homeschooling our kids, studying the bible, camping at Rath Trevor, sand castle building, hot dog roasting, singing and praising God and all the many sweet times of lifting each other and our families up in prayer.
Besides her God, I don't think anything was more important to Janice than her family. Her role model to me as a wife and mother has always been inspiring.
Hers was a life well lived and we can all take great comfort knowing she is right now living in pure delight as she soaks in the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Glen & Irela Rhodes
February 18, 2020
Dear Vince, Leane, Kathryn & Nathan, I want you to know how much we were deeply saddened to hear that your wife and mom had moved on to glory. May you find comfort knowing she is in his presence. Janice will always have a special place in my heart as we shared many hours of Bible study together on my town days as we were able to fit in a time together to dig into God's word. Her and Vince were part of our prayer team as we worked toward going to Kenya with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Janice feed my children when they boarded with your family. As well Janice was a great hostess the many nights that our family would spend the night in the city. We enjoyed your family's visits to our Mayne Island home. Janice was a wonderful Godly woman and I will be sad that when we return from Arizona she will not be there to greet us at worship on a Sunday morning. My heart aches for her so I know yours must ache so much more. Our thoughts and many prayers will continue to be said for you all.
February 17, 2020
And the tears begin again.... How do I begin to express the magnitude of this quiet yet bold woman who I was blessed enough to call my friend for most of my adult life. Words can't sufficiently contain what the heart holds. I am so blessed to have known her heart. She taught me essential things through her faith and example that I will carry with me forever. Dear family, know her greatest concern was for each of you and how you would fare losing her. Hold on to each other, give space to grieve in your own ways and know that not only are you are greatly loved but you are also a beautiful legacy touched and shaped by dear Janice.
February 17, 2020
We will always treasure our most recent time with Jan and Vince during a visit to Niagara Falls. There we laughed in celebration of grace, mercy, life and faith over a great meal, way up in the tower over looking the Falls. Every day is a gift; we praise God for that specific evening with such a remarkable woman and friend.
February 15, 2020
The Butchart Gardens