Geen, Jillian Elaine

(nee Sonntag)

July 21st, 1966 – March 9th, 2011

Longtime resident of Lake Country, B.C., Jill passed away peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital after a sudden illness, age 44. Jill was predeceased by her brother Robert in 1974. Jill is survived by Kevin, her loving husband of 21 years, and their devoted children, Makena, Theodore and Benjamin. Jill is also survived by her loving parents Albert and Angela Sonntag, her beloved brother Christopher Sonntag (Lisa), and uncles Christopher Ormell, Rudy Sonntag, and Michael Sonntag. Jill will also be lovingly remembered by Kevin’s parents Gerald and Kay Geen, Kevin’s brothers Jerry ( Brenda), David ( Laura), her three nieces and four nephews, innumerable family members, and a huge circle of friends. Jill was born in Edmonton, and moved to Lake Country with her family at age eight. Jill was raised in a tight knit family, closely connected to the local community, and this reflects in the wonderful woman she became. Many of Jill’s childhood friends are still very close, and these bonds over so many decades speak of her character and fidelity. Kevin and Jill have been inseparable since they met in 1985. Jill selflessly encouraged and supported Kevin’s dream of an aviation career to great success. At the same time, Jill developed her own accomplished career, obtaining a diploma in design and running her successful interior design firm since 1993. Jill has lead a rich and fulfilling life, raising with Kevin three bright talented children, all the while enjoying her many friends, a rewarding career, and an opportunity to travel and experience much of the world. Jill’s family and friends take comfort in the tremendous joy that Jill experienced and brought to those around her in her short life. Her vibrant spirit and beautiful character leave a huge impression on her family and friends, who will miss her dearly. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Friday, March 18th, 2011, at St Michael’s Cathedral, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna B.C. A celebration of Jill’s life will be held afterward at a location to be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

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