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Sandstra, Jannel Courtney
July 18, 1983 - December 7, 2017
Service:Friday, December 15, 2017
1:30 pm
A Memorial Service for Jannel will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM.
Interment:  Horseguard Community Cemetery
Notice:  As an expression of sympathy memorial donations in Jannel’s name may be made to the Shalom Counselling Service, 5515 – 27 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4P 0E5 or Country Counselling Services, Box 1388, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1X3.


Sandstra, Jannel Courtney

Jannel Courtney Sandstra unexpectedly found her way into the arms of her Lord and Savior on December 7, 2017. Jannel was born in Red Deer, Alberta on July 18, 1983 at 5 Lbs. 10 Ounces and although tiny, she immediately exhibited the strength and perseverance that were the hallmark of her life’s journey. Jannel was full of life, had a smile as big as the sky and an attitude that filled a room. Bugaboo, as she was fondly known by her family, was fiercely determined and loyal. That determination ultimately led her to becoming a nationally acclaimed commercial underwriter that took her across the country.
Jannel took her education at Rocky Christian School, Will Sinclair High School, Mount Royal College and eventually Trinity Western University in B.C. Her career took her to live in Calgary and Vancouver. In each of the places that Jannel lived, she made friends easily. Her joy came from spending time with friends and family.
As much as Jannel was outgoing, funny and loving, she struggled for years with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, in her journey to stop the pain she gradually turned to alcohol. Although it seemed to help at first, this dark friend eventually stole Jannel’s life bit by bit until it became a journey of pain and chaos. In January 2015, Jannel moved back to Alberta where over the past 3 years she tried to regain her life with the support of her family, friends and professionals. The need to stop her pain became the focus of her day, and alcohol had its grip on her so strongly, that even family, friends and love could not break that grip. On December 7th, her fight came to an end and she is now at rest in the arms of her Heavenly Father surrounded by her loved one who went before her.
Jannel was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Ann and Doeke Wadman and her paternal grandmother, Grace Sandstra and her special pet Murphy. She is survived by her loving and proud parents Ernie and Jeannette Sandstra, her brother and “Buddie” Jonathan Sandstra and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as her loving godparents Karen and Doug Daisley. Jannel’s special friends spread across the globe, from Alhambra, Rocky, Ontario, British Columbia, England and Australia, she had a huge personality that lit up the world and now her light shines in Heaven.
A Memorial Service for Jannel will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM. A private interment, for invited family and friends, will take place at the Horseguard Community Cemetery on Friday, December 15, 2017.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations in Jannel’s name may be made to the Shalom Counselling Service, 5515 – 27 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4P 0E5 or Country Counselling Services, Box 1388, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1X3.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Pam Wright and Bill Snyder:
We are so sorry for the tragic loss of your beautiful daughter Janell. I remember taking care of her as a ‘back-up’ babysitter when she was just a little girl. She brought light and laughter into our home on those days. During times of loss, we find ourselves troubled by things we don’t understand. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only lasting love and precious memories. Bill and I are thinking of you at this sad time.
Sam Millar:
Jannel was such a beautiful soul. She will be missed by many... Rest easy my friend.
Philip Stel:
Ernie, Jeannette & Jonathan (and the rest of your family, and church family): I just received the news from Lauralee a few minutes ago of Jannel's death. I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you all. I pray that the comfort in Jesus is real, and that, in and through your tears, you will experience the deep peace and hope that only Jesus can give. I'm praying for you.
Brenda Brown:
I wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy , as you grieve the loss of your beautiful Janelle. I was her high school librarian, and it broke my heart to hear of how she had suffered. I remember her as sweet, and kind to others. May her gentle spirit live on in the lives of those whose life she touched.
Garret and Wendy Brouwer:
Dear Jeannette and Ernie,

Jannel, daughter ,sister ,cousin, grand daughter, friend, but above all a child of God...valued deeply,and loved unconditionally by her Creator. Our prayers continue for you as you journey through your grief for your daughter Jannel.
Joy Teghtmeyer:
My thoughts are with you Jeanette at this very difficult time. We would do almost anything if we thought it would lessen your burden and pain. This is so senseless. How does one go on when one of your most precious gifts has been taken far to young. If I can help in any way I am here for you.
" You can shed tears that she is gone,
Or you can smile because she lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love that you shared,
you can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and
turn your back,
or you can do what she would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

Author Unknown
Donna Hunley:
Thinking of you in this sad time sending hugs
Judy English:
Dear Jeannette, Ernie and Jonathon

I am so so sorry to learn of your beautiful daughter's passing. My heart hurts for all of you and it hurts to know of the pain Jannal suffered with. I Pray for Gods Love and Comfort to surround you and to hold you through these next days, weeks and years as you deal with her passing.

Oh what a day that will be when we meet our Jesus face to face along with your little bundle of Joy, Jannal.

My Love and Hugs to You
Keeping you in my Prayers

Michele, Bill & Cole Hepburn:
Dear Ernie & Jeanette
It is with heavy hearts that we send our condolences to you. Janelle's friendship
with our son was important to him and we thank God for the time she was here with us.
Sending prayers at this sad time.
Harry and Sylvia Harkema:
Dear Jeanette and Ernie.
Words seem so cheap at this time.
I hope knowing that she is free of pain and heartache.and be in the care of our heavily father.Will sustain you two in the times ahead.

Love; Harry.
Arthur & Crystal Thompson:
So very sad and sorry at the tragic loss of your daughter. From the times we knew Jannel she was a happy young woman and so sad to hear of her difficult journey She was kind to our son when he needed a friend. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb and Norm Begin:
Jeanette, Ernie and Jonathon
We are so sorry to hear of the tragedy your family is living through. The loss of a child who brought both much joy and, at times, such sadness into our lives is devastating. My heart breaks all over again with yours and I can only pray that our dear Lords arms of comfort will carry you through. Jannel will be greatly missed just as she was greatly loved. Your lives will never be the same but lean on FAITH, FAMILY and FRIENDS as you travel the path of grief. Our Lord is faithful and will bring you eventually to a place when you can remember Jannel with more smiles than tears. Praying for you; we know that Jannel was so loved by her Saviour, was close to His heart to the very end of her time on this earth and has found peace now in His eternal arms.
Arlene Bailey (Hovind):
So very sorry for your pain. I remember Jannel’s big smile and kind spirit. My condolences to you and yours. Sarah has had a tough week learning of this and then the tragic vehicle accident claiming another of her long time classmates. Very sad time.
Davena Ma:
So touched by the heartbreaking honesty and love expressed in Jannel’s obituary. So very sorry for all of your pain and loss. Hugs
Maureen Mailer:
Jeanette, Ernie and Jonathan,

My heartfelt condolences to all of you on the tragic loss of your daughter and sister. Jannel's obituary was honest and filled with love. May the strength of family, friends and faith continue to provide comfort and peace. Thinking of you ...
Sue Pengelly:
Dear Jeannette and Family
May you all find comfort and, in time, peace. I offer you my deepest condolences and my thoughts are with you.

Dena Pedersen:
Jeannette, my deepest condolences to your and your family.
Rudy & Judy Jackle:
Dear Ernie, Jeannette, Jonathan,
Our deepest condolences with your precious loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers through this sad time.

Rudy & Judy
Corey & Lisa Block:
Praying for you. May your faith help you through this difficult time.
Cindy Easton:
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around you during this time of sorrow.
Marlene & Leonard Levinsky:
Jeannette, Ernie and Jonathan.
We are so sorry to hear of this devastating news. We just had a conversation about our children and where they were and what they were doing. This seems unbelievable.
We send you our best compassionate wishes for strength, support and memories in this very difficult time. If there is anything we can assist with, please ask.
Prayers for you and your family.
Janice McDonell:
My heart breaks for you all...
May Jannel rest easy in the arms of Jesus
I pray you feel his comfort and care around you always
Karen Cargill :
It is with a heavy heart that I write this message. Such a sad and devastating loss that no parent or family should have to endure. May she find peace in the arms of Jesus. Praying for your strength as you travel through the grief journey.
Sharon Cadsand:
My condolences to you all. Thinking of you. Hugs
Karin Nijenhuis:
So sorry to hear , i am at a lost for words. My heartfelt condolences. We will remember her how she was when she was still living in Rocky, as a young vibrant young girl. Jeanette Ernie and Jonathan wishing you all the strength and support for the months to come.
Corey and Marie Cermak:
even in the face of sadness, celebrate those warm memories, for they will bring you peace and comfort
Delores Bird:
Dear Jeanette and Ernie, How sad to read this notice of your daughters passing. I remember so well the time that she was born and how proud you were to have her in your lives. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time and especially at this special time of the year. Love to you and your family, Delores
Harold and Fiona Williams:
Our deepest condolences to both of you.
Laura Dennis:
My heart goes out to you at this time.

May peace come to you.
Susan Black:
Jeannette, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. I know how proud you were of Jannel and all the hopes you had for her in her life ahead and i hope that all of the great memories of your short life together will give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Best as always Susan
Laurie Drolet:
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your daughter, Janelle. My thoughts are with you all.
George and Heather Loomer:
Our thoughts are with you in deepest sympathy. Cherish the good memories!
Sheryl MCormick:
Jeannette and Family,

My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Tim and Carolyn Clow:
The more enriched a person makes our lives, the harder it is for us to let them go. For this reason, we know that saying good-bye to Jannel will be the hardest sorrow to bear. We hope that the wonderful memories you have of Jannel, asa well as the love and friendship you have around you, will support you through this time and help you to smile once more.
We cannot remove the heartache you're suffering but we can and will surround with love, and prayer support, every step of the way.
Tom & Rena Stewart:
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please accept our deepest Condolences for the Loss of your Daughter.
Lori Apostal:
I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Carmen King:
My deepest condolences to your family.
Doreen Parcels:
Dear Jeannette, I’m so sad to hear of the devastating loss of your daughter. You are in my thoughts my friend. I am praying for you and your family.
Len Frank:
Jeannette and Family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you.

Stephanie Crichton:
My heart goes out to you and your family Jeannette.
Case and Marlene korver:
Our thoughts and prayers are for you all in this difficult time of loss.
Ernie and Judy Rodermond:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
Rod & Betty Graves:
Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of Jannels passing. Our deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace with the Lord.
Uncle Bob and Auntie Nancy:
Dear Ernie and Jeanette
We offer our sincere condolences to you.
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you as a family with the loss of your only daughter
That you will be surrounded by family and friends through this time of sorrow and grief.
May the God of grace comfort and strenghten you through this trial of your life.
Our love and support will always be with you.
Love you Bob and Nancy
This gospel hymn says so much.
I have a Father
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call.

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