Jennie K. Canwell

May 5, 1931May 2, 2018

Jennie K. Canwell, 86, of Keene, passed away on May 2, 2018 at Cheshire Medical Center after a period of declining health.

She was born May 5, 1931 in Keene, NH, daughter of the late John and Sophia (Makri) Kazanas.

Jennie was educated in Keene schools where she first met her husband-to-be Wayne Canwell. She was a graduate of Keene High School, class of 1949. She worked for many years at Peerless Insurance Company and retired in 1988 as a Senior Claims Examiner in the Accident and Health Department.

She was a long-time member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Keene and of the church choir. She served for many terms as a Secretary of the ELPIS Women’s Philanthropic Society and was a two-term president of that organization. Jennie was a Clerk of Ward 1 for the City of Keene and also served as its selectman.

She will also be dearly missed by her husband Wayne D. L. Canwell of Keene whom she married on April 20, 1980; a nephew William Katsikas and his wife Rhonda of Marlborough, MA; a niece, Susan Kazanas and her husband Cushing Anderson of Boston, MA; a grandniece, Emily Ann Katsikas of Marlborough, MA; a stepson Claude Canwell and his wife Jodi of Van Buren, ME; a step-niece Susan Greeley and friend for life, Carolyn Marston of Hartland, ME; six step-grandchildren; many cousins, god children and good friends.

She is predeceased in death by her brother: Christo Kazanas of Keene, NH; and sisters: Flora Katsikas, of Marlborough, MA and Marina Mermingis of Manchester, NH.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH. A service will begin after the calling hours at 11:00 am and burial will follow immediately at the family plot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jennie K. Canwell’s name to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 392, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Jennie K. Canwell

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Jack Yoshida

May 10, 2018

Hello, I am Jack. The son of Jennie's goddaughter Tatiana.
I was shocked when I heard the news through my mom, I had just woken up to the cheepings of the birds and the cries of crows in a curiously white weather, cloudy and cold, just like that of New England, but something very heavenly about it. We—me and my mom—live in Los Angles, California, it is kind of unusual to experience this type of weather especially around this time of year, and it had been like that for some good few days.
When I first met my mom's godmother Jennie, and godfather Wayne, it was a similar weather in Keene, New Hampshire; the weather I like to call it 'the white weather' because the light is so white, that it gives this immaculate feeling in the view. Sky too, is plane white, and softly bright—gently covered by the lambent, even, veile of clouds.
My mother and I arrive at a house, a nice house, peaceful ambience, we park beside it, in a little driveway covered with tawny fallen leaves and up the front steps we knock on the door, I remember there was something nostalgic about it, few seconds later, I hear a door unlocking and it opens, and, there he was, Wayne welcoming us with wonderful warmth.
"Come on in!" He led us inside with casual hospitality, asking if we wanted a coffee or anything, I felt very comfortable, and we entered the living room, and, there she was, sitting on the couch like an angel, making the couch seem like clouds, as soon as she recognized my mom, there was a big big smiled on her face, "How are you Jennie? How have you been? You look wonderful!"my mom said to Jennie, Jennie kept smiling, they both looked really, really happy. I introduced myself to Jennie, she smiled and said "nice to meet you".
And we all sat and chatted, it was such a peaceful time, time stopped for that moment, there was something holy about the space there, I felt as if I were in church. Jennie was such an angel,
and now she has wings.

Janet and Steve Hadd

May 8, 2018

Wayne. We were saddened to learn of Jennie's passing. Janet has such wonderful memories of working with her at Peerless Insurance Co. What a wonderful bunch of co workers were there in the late 1980's

Angie Ruest

May 6, 2018

Dear Wayne,

Larry and I send our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved Jennie. She was a shining light and the most sweet and loving person. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Warmest regards,

Angie & Larry Ruest
Naples FL

Tatiana Lamarre

May 6, 2018

All my memories soent with my Nona and Nono are sweet and forever cherished. However, one memory in particular stands out as a delicious one. This memory is during my young childhood when I would visit my Nona (pre Nono days) at her apartment where she lived with her mother, "Yaya" Kazanas. Immediately, upon my arrival with my mother Bessie, Yaya Kazanas would cook for me my favorite greek dish, soaghetti with burnt butter. I was so happy to spend the weekend at my Nona's apartment watching her and my mother enjoy their girls weekend together with lots of laughing, shopping, restaurants, coffee, greek pastries and of course, spaghetti with burnt butter! Yummy!!My Mother Bessie and my Godmother Jennie were the best mothers a girl could have. I am Blessed to have had their amazing love and protection. My Mother Bessie passed away in 2013 and now, my Godmother, Nona Jennie, in 2018. They are having their girls weekend again in Heaven.
Nono, I am sorry for the loss of your beloved wife Nona.You were a beautiful couple always radiating much love and positivity. Your devotion to Nona will always shine bright and blanket you with her warmth forever! 🌟
Love, your Goddaughter Tatiana