November 26, 1928 - October 10, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
Janet Lilian Bublitz (nee McCallum), born November 26, 1928 in Garden Head, SK, passed away on October 10, 2023 at Rose Wood Village in Trail, BC at the age of 94.
Mom could ride a horse even before she could walk. Growing up on a farm, she enjoyed picnics and rodeos, and making ice-cream from scratch.
She met our Dad, Jack Bublitz, just before going to Normal School for a six week course in Moose Jaw. After that, she taught school for two years. They married in 1949 and moved to Trail, where Dad got work. They moved to Genelle in 1953, building their house and completed their family of four.
At that time, Mom didn't drive and they didn't have a phone, so she devoted her time to being a home-maker, and got very involved with the Genelle PTA, United Church, and Sunday School. She later took a business course and worked at the Legion Office, Eaton's Mail Order Department, and in Income Tax, where she learned to use a computer! She enjoyed tending to her flowers, sewing, and crocheting in her spare time.
In the early days, Mom and Dad enjoyed square dancing and going to many Jamborees, with us kids in tow. Mom started curling in the 80s and later enjoyed watching Terry, and then her grandchildren curl. Many times they took two or three grandchildren to the Spokane Ice Capades, Vancouver Blue Jays ball games, local hockey games and sporting events, and to Saskatchewan to visit family.
Mom and Dad enjoyed road trips to Vancouver, Saskatchewan, and to the United States to visit relatives. They went to Montreal for Expo 67 and to Vancouver for Expo 86. They took bus tours to Reno and Nashville. They also travelled to Hawaii, Scotland, Cuba, and Panama.
Moving back to Trail in 1998, Mom and Dad belonged to the Trail Seniors' Centre, and Mom participated in the Senior Games in Cribbage and Whist for many years.
Since the passing of our Dad, Mom made solo drives to Saskatchewan, and also took many trips with her friends, going to Florida, Alaska, the Maritimes, Phoenix, Vegas, Whistler, and back to Hawaii.
She volunteered with the Trail Hospital Auxiliary between 1955 and 2019, where she served as a member, on the Executive, and as President. She was helpful, and a good friend to many. She was an awesome cook and baker, and was always willing to whip up a potato salad, buns, or cookies.
She is survived by her children Heather McQuiggan (Mike Beetstra), Wayne Bublitz, and Pamela Bublitz.
She is also survived by her ten grandchildren: Geoff Armerding (Kristy Laird), Kelly McQuiggan (Elizabeth Szpajcher), Darcy McQuiggan (Vicki), Rianne Bublitz (Jaimy Maximick), Jarret Bublitz (Sandra Tom), Terri Perepolkin (TJ), Benjamin Bublitz, Rachael Tweedy (Mike Kwiatkowski), Josh Tweedy (Taylor Halvorson), and Chelsea Zurawell (Brant).
She is also survived by her thirteen great-grandchildren: Jaxon and Skyla Armerding, Mason and Ella McQuiggan, Emileigh and Eli Maximick, Marco and Katelynn Bublitz, Hana and Paige Perepolkin, Carter and Ashlyn Bradley, and Noa Tweedy.
Mom was the Matriarch of her family and has relatives in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Scotland.
She was predeceased by her husband John (Jack) in 2003, her son Terry in 2019, and her daughter-in-law Bonnie Hamilton in 2020.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral. A graveside gathering will be held in the Spring of 2024. Wayne Szopa of Clark's Funeral Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staff at both Rose Wood Village and Columbia View Lodge for their compassionate care and support over the past year and a half.
If desired as an expression of sympathy, donations in Janet's name may be made to a charity of your choice.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's online register at www.clarksfuneral.ca