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WAMBEKE, Julie - It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Julie Wambeke on Nov 17, 2021. After reaching 101 years, you have finally been released from your earthly suffering, free to arrive in your heavenly home to live with the Lord. The last few months haven’t been easy, but you soldiered on stoically and without complaint, thanks to the caring Community Palliative Team and the amazing staff at Hospice. You all helped Julie live her last few months with dignity, and in spiritual and physical comfort. A special thank you to Mary Ellen, Doreen and Eileen for visiting and bringing Julie Holy Communion daily over the last few months. Left to mourn are daughter Bea (Brian), grandchildren Julie (Mike), Keith (Kelsa), Ashley (Connor), Jenny (Momchil), Naomi, and great-grandson, Theodore. Also, many good friends at Northwood and in the community.

Julie was born the 15th of 17 children in 1920 in Delmas Sask. Growing up, she was happiest riding horses and running through the endless rural wheat fields. When it came time to wash the many dishes that would accumulate feeding all those children, Julie would develop a severe case of “dishpan diarrhea” (her words) and would mysteriously disappear! Julie’s mother Evelyn instilled in her a deep faith in God, and in her fellow man. She always tried to see and bring out the best in others. At 17, she entered the convent with her older sister Jeanette, where she completed her education and became a french and biology teacher, working at various schools throughout AB. and Sask. with her final 2 years as principal at St Vital School in Battleford. She left religious life after 20 years and took a position teaching in High River AB, where she met and married a rancher, George Wambeke. They had one daughter and shortly thereafter moved to Kelowna, where she made her home for her last 60 years. Julie’s life was dedicated to God, community, and family. She spent many happy hours cooking (but not doing dishes!) for weddings, funerals, fundraisers, and church events through ICC Parish. She rolled bandages to send to Mother Theresa of Calcutta, was a Girl Guide leader and Commissioner, and was instrumental in forming the Seton Center, the Edelweiss Echo Choir, and French Cultural Center. For the last 20 years, Julie managed the Pro-Life Thrift Shop, where she nurtured a large group of friends and volunteers who helped many in the community. Everyone who came through the door was welcomed- whether donating items, in need of a kind word, or a warm jacket, Julie and the wonderful volunteers had time to help. She was nominated three times for the Sarah Treadgold Woman of the Year award, winning in 2011 at the age of 91. Julie lived life with faith, grace, and selfless service to others. Connecting with others gave her the greatest pleasure. Her glass was always half full and if there was white wine in it, so much the better!

A Memorial Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna on December 10, 2021, at 11:00 am. COVID policies are in place, all are welcome. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com

In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Kelowna Right to Life Society or Mother Theresa and her sisters of charity.

Link: www.everdenrust.com
Condolence Messages
  • Dec 20, 2021
    Julie was an amazing, hard working dedicated woman. I met her at Pro-Life Thrift Shop where my mother(Stella Novak) volunteered her time and worked for Julie. She always wondered when the good lord would take her home and couldn't believe my mother had passed before her. I went to visit her at Northwood. She will be missed.
    Dave and Brenda Wieler
  • Dec 05, 2021
    Aunt Juliette had hundredsof nieces and nephews. She was admired by all us , and proud of her accomplishments
    The stories related to us about farm life on the prairies with 13 siblings working together will live on .
    My parents gave me. her name and I have her passion for volunteering at a charity thrift store in Langley BC
    While on her teaching assignment in Bonnyville Alberta , Marcel was one of her grade 6 students
    We miss you Tante
    Juliette and Marcel Salley
  • Dec 04, 2021
    Auntie Bea, Uncle Brian and family,
    My sincere condolences on Grandma Julie’s passing. She was a very special lady. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sending love.
    Cousin Lisa.
  • Dec 02, 2021
    We little knew that morning God was to call your name. It broke our hearts to lose you. you did not go alone. For part of us went with you The day God called you home. you left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, And though we annoy her see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same but as God all’s us one by one, The chain will link again, lovingly, MaryEllen Klassen
  • Dec 01, 2021
    Bea and family:
    Toujours boute-en-train de la soirée, toujours prête à participer et à contribuer, incarnation du bonheur dans le moment présent; c’est ainsi que j’ai connu Julie. Elle avait 83 ans. Esprit vif, toujours une répartie adroite, une étincelle dans les yeux, un sourire espiègle, une chansonnette d’antan au bout des lèvres, sans oublier le verre de vin blanc. Merci Julie d'avoir été dans ma vie. Que Dieu te bénisse dans ta nouvelle vie
    Nicole Leblanc
  • Dec 01, 2021
    Bea and family:
    I remember your mom used to make wonderful fondu parties when we were young pre-teens and she used to come into the classroom at Dorothea Walker to help us learn French. She was an amazing, gracious lady and I ran into her on many occasions over the years. She was so proud of you Bea, and she always kept me updated on you and your family. Love and condolences. Deena Omeis
  • Nov 30, 2021
    Julie was a friendly lady, devoted to the community, and pro-life awareness. i will miss you. Erlinda Flores
  • Nov 28, 2021
    Brian Bea and family, met your mother through my mother Julia Roy who was a C.W.L. member of Immaculate Conception Church. I went with my mother to your moms home to make things for the up coming Bazaar. She was always a pleasant and wonderful fun person to be around. May she R.I.P. and let's have a half a glass of white wine to remember her wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marlene Kish {nee Roy}
  • Nov 27, 2021
    Bea , Brian & Family.
    Our sincere condolences to all of you. May her love of life and family bring you warmth and comfort.
    Birk & Nancy
  • Nov 26, 2021
    The Cowan family fondly remembers "Mrs. Wambeke. She was a big part of our growing up. She was always so active in the Immaculate Conception parish whether in the church hall making sandwiches for a memorial or bazaar or being my Girl Guide leader or leading our French singing group. Mrs. Wambeke was a big part of the lives of many of us who attended St Joseph's Elementary and Immaculata High Schools in the 60's.
    Paula Bell, nee Cowan, and brothers Steven, Christopher and John
  • Nov 26, 2021
    To Bea, Brian and your Family,
    What a beautiful Life Story of your Mother, she has had a long and wonderful life, an amazing woman. My deepest condolences to all of you, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. MJ
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Always giving, always loving, her light will continue to shine! Jan Schredl
  • Nov 25, 2021
    Bea and Brian and Family,
    We only met your mother a few times. She was such a warm and loving person and treated us like part of the family! It’s never easy losing your mother. Our heart goes out to you, Brian and your family. Big hug to everyone.
    With sympathy,
    Guy and Susan Miki
  • Nov 25, 2021
    Une grande appréciation pour toutes les années de bons services par Mme Wambeke dans la communauté francophone.
    Mario Lanthier
  • Nov 25, 2021
    It seems that I've known Julie forever. Well, almost...as long as I can remember. She was one of the kindest people I have ever had the honor of knowing...and the world is diminished by her passing. She touched so many lives with her kindness. Our prayers to Bea and family on the passing of such an amazing person. -Ted & Marina Gerk
  • Nov 25, 2021
    Julie's passion for life was amazing
    we did a lot of work together over the years
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Nov 24, 2021
    Godspeed...you certainly earned your wings Julie making a difference to all who had the blessed opportunity to meet you.
    To the family, my condolences. As you already know...she was a very special woman.
    Jo-Ann Swanson
  • Nov 24, 2021
    You may not remember me, but as children we lived 'next door' (with a field in between) to each other on Crichton Rd., many many years ago. Every time I saw your mother's name in the paper it evoked past memories. My condolences to you and your family; I hope you are well.
    Barb Donaldson
  • Nov 24, 2021
    What a perfect tribute to this wonderful woman. I was blessed and inspired from knowing Julie. Im sad for our loss, but I’m also grateful to know heaven has a beautiful angel who I believe will co to use yo watch over us. My sincere sympathy to the family.
    Marie Clarke
  • Nov 24, 2021
    Bea, Brian and family
    Our thoughts are with you and your family. Your mother was a grand lady and brought much joy and happiness to this world.
    Don and Eleanor Taylor
  • Nov 24, 2021
    Bea, Brian and family
    Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences at the loss of your Mother. What an incredible life she lived! Your memories will keep her love alive. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Ron and Denise Yamabe
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Dear Bea, Brian and family. Julie will be remembered by me in many ways. As a volunteer with her at the Prolife Thrift Shop I experiencied many of her energetic ventures that truly are memorable. We worked - we had fun as we accomplished
    tasks at hand. I treasure her wisdom and Faith belief that she shared in her activities at "the shop" and other events. She surely earned respect in the community at large by her generous attitude and willingness to help where needed. She now rests in Peace in her Eternal reward. I offer this fond remem-brance for her friendship, love and caring and am thankful to have known and ex-perienced her "joy in life". Love, prayers and smiles, Betty Yarrow
  • Nov 23, 2021
    I first knew Mrs. Wambeke as a young girl, she was a good friend to my parents, member of high regard in the church, leader of French Canadian sing songs, leader of Birth Right and volunteer of Thrift Shop and church bake sales etc etc. Over time my thoughts may have changed some what but I still thoroughly enjoyed running into “Julie”. She was always a delight, youthful and very with the times - she didn’t waver on what she felt were the important things and I respected her for that. Rest In Peace Julie - there are many up there to greet you I’m sure ! A long full life / cherish the memories - she made a difference.
    Donna (Coupal) Numminen
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Bea & family:
    Your Mom will be missed by so many. Her very active life led to the long life she enjoyed. Every day was a miracle for her--always seeking some way to make a difference in our world....good natured, and willing to be of assistance. Also 'best friend' to our mother over the years. Thinking of you in your loss.
    Shirley and Armand Rochon
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Dear Bea, Brian and family,
    A beautiful tribute to your Mom. Treasure the many wonderful memories. My sincere condolences to you all. Shirley Tanemura
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Truly a compassionate, inspirational woman. Our community was blessed to have her.
    Carol Losch( Simon)
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Bea, Brian and Family. Your mom was so inspiring to all of us. We so much appreciated all she did for us. We already miss her tremendously and we always will. I'm so glad I had the good fortune of knowing her. Marlon.
  • Nov 23, 2021
    It is with great sadness we just learn the passing of a great lady. Julie was one of the the founding members of the Centre Culturel Français and the number one leader of the organization for many years. The francophone community owes her many thanks for what she did for all of us. Rest in Peace Julie.
    Guy et Cécile Martin
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Brian, Bea, and family,
    What a long and wonderful life your mother Bea. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Peter and Debbie Fairweather
  • Nov 23, 2021
    To Bea and family. It is hard to imagine Julie not being with us anymore.She will be sorely missed. My husband Real and Julie used to tease each otherallthe time. He passed away exactly a month before Julie. I guess the teasing will continue. Condolences to all of you.
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Bea and family:
    What a wonderful tribute to your Mom! She lived a long and full life and you all have so many cherished memories. Our thoughts are with you. Glen and Kathy
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