Juanita Dee Jekel

16 febrero , 194523 abril , 2019

Juanita Dee Jekel came into this world on February 16, 1945 and left us on April 23, 2019. Juanita was born in Bellingham WA. She married her best friend and love of her life Thomas Jekel, on June 1, 1970, in Long Beach CA.

Juanita is survived by her husband Thomas Jekel. Children: Lois Buderus (Corey), Paul Clark (Deanna) and Shirley Dimick (Kurt). Nephew: Louis Espinoza (Selena). Grandchildren: Beth Welsh (Josh), Amanda Clark, Ren Frank, Michael Carder (Jessica), Hayden Clark and Mariah Choury. Great-grandchildren: Faith, Lane, Connor, Tristen, Kaden and Logan.

Juanita is preceded in death by her father Henry James, mother Pauline Farley, sister Janet Elaine Espinoza, grandson Tyler Joseph Choury and great-granddaughter Trinity Blessing Welsh.

Tom and Juanita would have celebrated 49 years of marriage this year. Their years together were filled with love and blessings. The two of them loved to travel and took many vacations with family. Juanita loved to fish and camp. Those of you who have ever been to Tom and Juanita’s home during the holidays, any holiday, knew how much she loved to decorate. She loved ALL the holidays, with Christmas being her favorite, she even decorated the bathrooms. Some of the other loves she had were shopping and browsing, especially for red kitchen appliances and gadgets. She loved to iron, she ironed everything, including pillowcases. She loved her Raiders, no matter what, good or bad. She enjoyed playing Rummy with friends and family, Black Hawk, Bingo, scratch tickets and bright flowers.

Juanita was loving, funny, giving, sassy and ornery.

Juanita loved life. She loved Tom, her best friend, her children, her grand-children more and her great-grandchildren even more.

Her passing has left a huge whole in all our lives. She expected us to be strong and take care of each other. We will do exactly that. We learned how from her!

A Family Celebration of Life for Juanita will be held on Mothers Day.


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Juanita Dee Jekel


Angie Joseph

11 mayo , 2019

Juanita was my friend in every way. She was authentic, unique, funny, loving and just plain wonderful! I was honored to assist in caring her. Seeing Juanita was the best part of my day. The love Tom and Juanita shared was really beautiful . I will miss her always. I am so sorry for her family who she loves so dearly!!!! Angie

Denise Pechinsky

6 mayo , 2019

She was a very sweet woman. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad I got to meet her and to spend family gatherings with your mom and the rest of your wonderful family. My deepest condolences.
Love, Denise.

Stella Martinez

1 mayo , 2019

I worked with Juanita and Tom back in our Kodak days . I always admired the love they shared for each other . I always thought she was a beautiful lady. My heart goes out to all the family. May God bless them with strength in the coming days .

Lois Buderus

30 abril , 2019

Today is one week since you left us. I miss you every single second of every single day. I am trying to be strong, like you wanted. I love you mama

Karen Maestas

30 abril , 2019

Funny how fast time goes I remember living across the street from Lois and all the wine and drink had had together laughing and just hanging out Nana will be missed so much. She is such a loving and caring person and funny. I know Brandi Cullip and Joshua Cullip and myself will miss you so much. I know you will come down and visit us when we need to be straighten out lol.. we loved you Nana.

Trisha Young

30 abril , 2019

Such an amazing, caring and loving soul. Always had the most amazing rock you back and forth hugs... I will remember you always and with all the joy and love you always showed me.
I love you.

Shirley Dimick

29 abril , 2019

I love you mama!

Louie Espinoza

29 abril , 2019

I remember one time when I was 3 or 4 we were traveling, and we stopped at a restaurant to use the restroom ... when we came out I asked my Tia loudly, "Mine was blue what color was yours?" ... everybody laughed...
I also got to stay with her when I was 8 for 3 months, some of The best memories of family are from that time!
I will miss you!

Ren Frank

29 abril , 2019

I remember me and my cousin in the back of the hatch back of her red RX7. There are so many memories I will never forget with this wonderful grandma. Nana I love you and will always miss you.

Paul Noyes

29 abril , 2019

What an amazing lady. She welcomed me into the family like I was one of her own kids. I'm proud to have known her and share great memories with her. Rest in peace and strength to the entire family..