WARKENTIN, JULIE MARIE. Passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at the age of 63.  She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Jake; daughter Kristi and her partner James of Vancouver; son Jamie and his wife Lesley and their family of Kelowna; sisters-in-law: Anita and Nettie; brother-in-law Henry and his wife Jane.  Predeceased by her parents Peter and Mary Dick. Julie and Jake started Kelowna Steel Fabricators in 1973, where Julie worked by Jake’s side for 37 years.  In 1990 they made a decision to purchase some land and build the home of their dreams.  Like everything they did, Julie and Jake put their heart and soul into creating the perfect home for themselves and all of their friends and family. Julie was passionate about gardening, and during their 17 years at ‘the Ranch’, she created a beautiful oasis that she loved to share with anyone who visited. Julie also loved to travel, and after much encouragement was able to convince Jake to go on many adventures. They spent 12 out of the last 24 months touring North America in their much enjoyed ‘home on wheels’. Julie was the heart and foundation of her family, and a treasured friend to those who were lucky to know her.  She will be missed and loved forever.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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