December 28, 1951 – March 25, 2021
Jan was born Dec. 28, 1951 in Vancouver, BC. In 1952 the family, Vic & Margaret Pealo, along with Jan & older sister Vicki, moved to what was to become Kitimat.
Vic was employed in the construction of Alcan & Kitimat. They left Kitimat a few times due to the variability of construction work, but mostly stayed in Kitimat.
In 1968 the family moved to Terrace, where Jan was to remain most of her life.
Jan quit school at the end of grade 11 to seek gainful employment. Her first job was at the L H & K pole yard, where she learned a lot of office skills like payroll & invoicing shipments of poles via CNR. Jan went on to many other jobs around Terrace, including a couple of fairly high level ones. She became, I believe, the youngest district manager for Avon being in charge of a region that stretched from Vanderhoof to Haida Gwaii, and from Hwy 16 clear up into the Yukon.
Jan also managed the Terrace “Jungle Jim’s” pet store. They only thing she drew the line at was “I’m not having tarantulas in the store”.
During this time Janice had a couple of short term marriages, first to Paul Kelly, and later to Ken Laskey. In 1980 Jan met Ian Trehearne, and they married on April 2, 1982. They always chuckle at the date because Ian had originally made the arrangements for the civil ceremony on April fool’s day, thinking that the next day was Good Friday.
Turned out Easter was a week later. Janice brought a son “Bryan” into the the marriage and he was adopted by Ian. They remained happily married until Jan’s passing just a week short of 39 years together.
In 1989 Jan’s niece Nicole joined the family at the age of 15, and although she was not adopted, we considered her as a daughter, and continue to today.
In the early “80”s Jan attended N.W. Community College, and got her grade 12 GED. She then went on to few years of accountant training, & took several awards for high marks.
She never completed the accounting course due to home life, Ian’s long hour’s truck driving, Bryan getting into organized sports, and the need for someone to take care of all the household essentials. Jan did learn enough to talk to bankers in their own language & wasn’t about to get steamrolled by insurance adjusters, or tax assessors.
Outside of family, Jan’s great passion in life was music. Her stereo was her pride and joy. Her main interest was rock-n-roll from the ’50s through the ’80’s. Everything from ABBA to ZZ Top. She also delved into old southern blues, country, folk, gospel, some of the old crooners and a bit of rap. Jan was also knowledgeable on a lot of the bands early influences, and could usually come up with the approximate years they recorded.
She could also recognize a lot of tunes after only a couple of lines, even if the song was coming through as Muzak in a noisy mall.
Jan was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, and eventually won the battle. However the chemo & radiation, along with two surgeries took a heavy toll on her. She never regained her old vitality and after suffering many health issues over the following years Janice passed away at home March 25, 2021. She’s probably asking the Angels “can you play rock-n-roll on those harps”?
Janice was predeceased by sister Vicki in 1980, mother Margaret in 1994 and father Vic in 2007. Janice is survived by husband Ian, Son Bryan (Shauna), niece Nicole Romeo (Clayton). and grandchildren Blayne, Savanna, Matthew, Akiva, Jade, Skyla and Avaya and former Daughter-in-law Kleanza.
No service, or flowers by request. Donations can be made to the REM Lee Hospital Foundation, or Hope & Healing International.
” Rest in peace my Sweetie. ”
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