Jean (Sparks) Crackel

A photo of Jean (Sparks) Crackel


Emmanuel Baptist Church
100 McNaughton Ave West, Chatham
Friday July 30, 2021
Visitation from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Service at 1:00 p.m.

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday July 29, 2021
3:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Jean (Sparks) Crackel went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday July 25, 2021.  She was predeceased by her husband Jack Sparks and will be missed by their sons Greg Sparks (Chris) and Brad Sparks (Phyllis), her grandchildren and their families Lauren Sparks, Ian & Kim Sparks (Claire and Nora), Sherry & David Buck (Jack and Myles), and Jessica & Brian Patterson.  Jean remarried Ken Crackel who also predeceased her and will be remembered by his son Gary Crackel (Joyce), their sons Stephen and Kyle and grandchildren Maebella and Danica.

Jean was one of 7 children born to Margaret & Raymond Holdaway.  She is survived by her sister Margery Roe and was predeceased by her sister Barbara McMillan as well as her brothers Keith, Kenneth, Douglas and Donald Holdaway.

Jean was very much a people person.  She managed Young’s Jewellers in Chatham for many years.  She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Chatham where she donated her talents singing in the Choir and helping with the Children’s Programs.  In her spare time she enjoyed travelling, spending time with family, cooking, baking and entertaining.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday for visitation from 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Friday July 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery where Jean will be laid to rest with Jack.   Those wishing to attend the visitation or Funeral Service must register by calling the Blenheim Community Funeral Home at 519-676-9200.  Those attending either the visitation or the Funeral Service must wear a face covering.

Friends wishing to remember Jean with a memorial donation are asked to consider Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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I remember Jean from many years ago when I was a teenager attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in the 1960s. Jean always had a big smile, and was kind, caring, good-humoured, and generous. My parents often spoke highly of her. My sincere condolences to the family.

To Brad, Phyllis and the rest of the family. I am incredibly sorry to hear about Jeans passing. It was truly my privilege to have been able to get know her for the brief time I did. She was a wonderful woman. She touched my life and I do think of her often. My sincerest condolences to you all.

To Jean’s family: We just read of Jean’s ‘calling home’. May we extend our sympathy and the peace of Christ to you now, and in those difficult days ahead. May you also know the gentle comfort and the sweet strength of our Savior, when those unexpected moments come,....and they will come. My memories involve working together and sharing our faith at Young’s..... I’ve always tried to remember that my arms are not ‘pasted on’. I still chuckle when recalling Jack saying.....’good enough for the girls we go with’. She was definitely a people person who will be missed. Blessings.

so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. Wonderful loving woman. She will certainly be missed. Always loved to chat with Jean and Jack and Ken.... Don and Anne Gammage

Jean was a lovely lady who’s kindness and hospitality will not be forgotten.

We watched the service on line. It helped us to remember all the great times we saw your Mom in action and were recipients of her gracious love for those around her. We enjoyed the music and message shared today. Sincerely Norine and Allan Duck

Aunt Jean will always be so precious to me. She preached the gospel to my Grandma (Barbara McMillan) as she was saying good-bye to her in the hospital before she (my grandma) passed. She spoke of Jesus and how they were so blessed that their mother made sure they knew Him, even as young children. I witnessed their tender conversation and because of Aunt Jean, myself, my husband, and our children have found Christ. Aunt Jean was bold, generous, and kind. A wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. Thank-you Aunt Jean! John 14:6

We are very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a very caring and strong lady.

Greg and Chis, Brad and Phyllis and family. So sorry and sadden to hear of the loss of your mom. Kim and I send our most sincere condolences. May you always cherish the the good times and loving memories with her.

Greg and Chris, Brad and Phyllis....... On learning of your mom's transition into Eternity, we were saddened for your loss and our prayer thoughts are very much with you. It has brought back many special memories of times together with your mom (and dad) over the years and how blessed were to be a part of such a delightful person. She was a woman of faith and we know that she is in God's presence now but she will be missed by her extended family and many friends. Lynn and Helen Clark

Our condolences from the Drewery Family. Jean was a wonderful friend and neighbour to all in our community. And boy did she love to go garage saling.

Sincere condolences to the Sparks & Crackel families.

Sending hugs and sympathy to Jean’s beloved family and friends.

Jean was a wonderful kind hearted lady. Always lived to reminisce and we lived to hear the stories. Although we only had the pleasure to know her for a short time, she was the nicest person to know. May the heavens be blessed with an amazing woman and family & friends be blessed with her amazing memories!! XO

Greg, Chris, Brad, Phyllis and families, Aunt Jean is among the strongest, kindest humans I have ever known. She gave the greatest hugs around and had the best smile and laugh. I can remember swimming in her pool as a kid (which she and Uncle Jack later generously gave to my family!) and always being welcomed for a visit. We'd try to doubt Uncle Jack's enormous ball cap collection and never did figure out how many he had. She'd feed us until we were rolling out the door full of help salads and sweets. Going to her house with my mom Luann was always fun. I bet not a lot of kids could say that about visiting their great aunts, but in the Holdaway family it's always been true. When I was about 7 she got me started in Pioneer Girls (like Girl Guides) in her church. To her it didn't matter what religion you were...if you believed in God you were good. Although I'm Catholic, I can say Aunt Jean played a big part in building my faith when I was young and having just been through cancer with my son when we needed faith so badly, I am forever grateful. She was an incredible human - the first one to pitch in and help anyone in need. She was generous to friends, family and strangers alike. I can't imagine there are many in Blenheim who haven't experienced her kindness at some point. She devoted her life you taking care of Uncle Jack and Uncle Ken when they were ill and never faltered in her role as caregiver. Having just lived this over the past two years I know how much energy, love and faith this took and that she did it without thought for herself and her own needs. Devotion is a beautiful word to describe her in every way. She was a gem AND a force to be reckoned with at the same time. Sweet and assertive. A rare combination indeed. We have all been blessed to know her and I look forward to one day seeing her again in heaven. No doubt God will have given her a job that involves welcoming and nurturing newcomers and showing them the ropes. Sending you all so much love, Dawn Dawn Pickering Daughter of Luann Phair and granddaughter of her late brother Don Holdaway Ottawa, ON

Greg, Chris, Brad, Phyllis and Family. We are saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Jean and and will always remember the fun we had with your Mom and Dad at MBC for many summers. Your mom was an amazing woman who we will never forget. Sending hugs and our condolences.

We are so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing . I will remember the many times I helped her Howard will remember the times we Player dominos with her and Ken. She was a great person. We send our Deepest and most heart felt sympathy to all

You have our deepest sympathies from the Ramsdens. Jean was an amazing person. We would be there in a heartbeat if we were able to cross the border. May God envelop you and yours in his arms while you grieve her passing. A donation will be made to the diabetes foundation in her name. Heaven has gained an angel with many talents! She in now playing piano within the pearly gates.

So sorry to read this she was a great lady

Greg & Chris, Brad & Phyllis and Families, we are so very sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. Praying all the wonderful memories of mom/grandma you hold dear in your hearts helps to lift the sadness and fill the emptiness left there. Sending our most sincere condolences to all of you.

Greg. Sorry to learn of your moms passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers .

Greg, Chris and families We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing; I am sure she will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Take Care!

Jean will be dearly missed. She was a woman who had an infectious smile and always a warm hug to give. I will remember her for her welcoming kindness to me when she accepted my son into the family when he married Sherry. Rest in heavenly peace, Jean.

We want to send our sympathies to Jean’s entire family. You will have many happy memories of her. Ian Kim Claire and Nora.

Thinking of you all. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort, as you cherish your memories .

Greg , Brad and family we are so very sorry to learn about Aunt Jean . So many great memories growing up with all of you . Our deepest condolences.

Greg, Brad and family so sorry for your loss. Your mother helped so many people ,and was always ready to lend a hand where she could. Thinking of you all at this time my condolences. Ed McMillan and family

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all the Sparks and Crackel families at this time.

Gary and Joyce Sorry for the loss of your Mom prayers to you and your family Marg and Paul Garant

A beautiful woman who touched the lives of so many. She gave great hugs, was so loving, and put the “go” in go-getter.

Sincere condolences.🙏