Jeannette Vidler

A photo of Jeannette Vidler


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday January 21, 2022
1:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to attend visitation are
asked to call the Funeral Home for a
scheduled time. Facemasks must be
worn inside the building.

Jeannette Alida (Apfeld) Vidler passed away on Monday January 17, 2022.  Born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan on May 2, 1928 to the late Gerritt & Violet (Johnson) Apfeld, Jeannette was fortunate to have the late Paul Demeester as a father figure when her dad passed away early in life.

In 1945, after serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment, George Vidler returned from his service and two years later he and Jeanette married, becoming lifelong residents of Erieau where they raised their family.  George predeceased her on Christmas Day in 2009 leaving Jeannette to be surrounded by the children they were so proud of; Lauraine Fennell (predeceased by Jim Fennell), Joanne Adams (predeceased by Gerry McKeon), Brian & Heidi Vidler and Scott & Patti Vidler.  They were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jeannette is survived by her sister Marie Karlsen (late Leonard), her sister-in-law Eva Apfeld (late Gerritt) and is predeceased by her son-in-law Mike Adams.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

So…what can we say about our Mom?  That question alone might bring a smile to some of your faces because everybody has a story and everybody’s story has a meaning.  Our story is that our Mom was caring and selfless.  Just like our Dad, she felt that it was her duty to serve whenever and wherever she was needed.  She worked hard, always.  She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother and great-grandmother, a Sunday School teacher and she led bible study groups for years.    She lived the life of a true Christian who constantly looked up to others and never down at anyone.  Although she did work for a time in the H.L. Turner parts department and filleted fish for Hartley at Erieau Packers, her real life’s work happened every day in her home community and in her church community at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.  She loved people, especially children and to her, a stranger was just a friend she hadn’t met yet.  She had the ability to carry on a conversation with anybody and she used that every day.  We will miss her greatly and we are thankful for the kindness and compassion that the staff at the Blenheim Community Village have shown to her for the last three years.  Sometimes God works in mysterious ways and her declining health may well have been the only way that she would sit back and allow us to take care of her for once.

Family and friends are invited to gather with us at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday January 21, 2022 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. for visitation.  Due to the current COVID restrictions, friends wishing to attend the visitation are requested to call the Funeral Home for a scheduled visitation time.  Following a private funeral service on Saturday conducted by Pastor Tim Joyce, Mom will be laid to rest with Dad in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Mom with a memorial donation are asked to consider St. Paul’s Church in Erieau or the Word of Life Soup Kitchen.

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You will be missed Aunt Jeanette, loved you and Uncle George- now you are together again. Dad is there with you too.

I'm very sorry to hear of Jeannette's passing and I hope that your many memories of her long life, well lived, will give you comfort and smiles. She was certainly a fixture in the Erieau community and her loss will be felt by many, although I know that she wasn't 'out and about' as much in recent years.

Jeannette was such a truly lovely and heartfelt woman. She was one of the first to welcome us to Erieau and St Paul's church and always had a kind word and spirit for community work. I had no idea she was from Saskatchewan, she was as much a part of the landscape of Erieau as the sands. We will miss her so, and send our love and treasured memories to all of the Vidlers at this time. ❤️🙏🕊️

We are so sorry to hear of Jeanette's passing. She was always a joy to meet and speak with. Many chuckles with her. Prayers for the Apfeld and Vidler families. Don and Anne Gammage

Our sincere condolences, at this very sad time. (Brazier Family U.K.)

Our deepest sympathy to the Vidler and Apfeld family at Jeanette's passing, and we are sure that she is at peace. She was a special person who was welcoming to everyone, and we especially treasured the wonderful time our mom, Lilian Groombridge (1924-2020), was able to spend with George & Jeanette in Erieau.

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a happy, friendly lady who loved life. Always very kind to my mom.

She’s singing with the angels. Your mom has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of time at your house. Then she taught us to knit and embroidery at JA, Sunday school, remember our camping trip. Teenage years she put on dances for us. As and adult bible studies, retreats, Tuesday mornings, and of course she taught me to cut fish. There are so many memories. Sending our love to all of you.

it will be so difficult to get along without someone so involved in your lives. What a great lady Jeannette was., always a greeting whenever meeting up with her. My condolences to all the family, she has surely earned her Wings. Rest In Peace Jeannette.

Heart felt condolences to the Vidler and Apfeld families at the time of your loss. Jeanette made such a lasting impression on those she met and will be greatly missed. R.I.P your work is now done.

Our condolences to the Vidler Family. Jeannette was a wonderful person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. I had the great pleasure of joining her on Tues. mornings for crafts and helping with all the baking she did for the baking sales. We shared many laughs and many conversations over the years that I knew her. She was one in a million. God Bless you Jeanette.

To the Vidler Family. Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Jeannette. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this saddened time. A wonderful lady and she will be missed.

Awe sorry hear of Jennette passing. May she rip. She was a special person will miss her dearly. Psw lesli xo

My sincere condolences to the Vidler family and clan. What a blessing getting to know Jeannette when we used to make dough in the church basement for the meat pie sales. We talked and laughed a lot but got the work done. She will be missed. 🙏

Dear all so sorry to hear your news, sincere condolences at this sad time. John and Dee Vidler (UK)

I met Jeanette and her family almost 60 years ago camping. It wasn’t long and I was part of her family. I spent many enjoyable days staying at her home. She always treated me as one of her kids. I learnt a lot about life from her. She has a special place in my heart. I will always remember how kind she has been to me. Love to all the family.

So sorry to hear of Jeanette's passing. She was a wonderful person who touched many

So very sorry for your loss

For the short time we knew Jeannette , we will never forget the talks we had between her kitchen window and our BBQ , she was a sweetheart of a lady and will be missed by many. We are glad we got to know her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this time. RIP Jeannette Lynne and Dave

Dear all so sorry to hear the news please accept our sincere condolences, Jeannette will be sadly missed. John and Dee Vidler (UK) 19/01/22

Jeannette always had a twinkle in her eye that made everyone feel special, and like you were the only person in the room. She was always full of kind and wise words, and always knew exactly what to say. It was an honour to care for her and I will never forget her.

My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mom

So sorry to hear of Aunt Jeannette’s passing. Such a great lady. Judy and I had many a visit from our cottage deck and her kitchen window and around town. She always wanted to know how our families were doing. She will be missed by many. Jim and Judy

Jeanette never failed to bring a smile to anyones face. She never failed to ask us how we were doing, after saying good morning. I’ll miss being called “dear” and hearing her humming. She was so kind and incredibly easy to talk to. Her smile will never be forgotten, as it was so kind and beautiful. May she rest with God by her side. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to be apart of her care.

Our condolences to the Vidler family. She was a wonderful person a great friend to Carolynn and myself. We will miss her.

My sincere condolences 💞 Jeannette was such a delight. She would greet me every morning with a smile an trying in someway to help with whatever I was doing. She will always be remembered an greatly missed .

My condolences to the Vidler family. Jeannette was a wonderful woman and always giving of herself. From the Monday night bible study, to the Tuesday morning craft time, Jeannette loved people. When I told my daughter,Janice, that Jeannette had passed away, she said “ Jeannette taught me how to crochet.” Jeannette never stopped giving, so cherish the memories, I know the Boylan family will. Carol Boylan, Jennifer,Janice and Angela❤️

Dear Vidler family Jeannette was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. From the Monday bible study, to the Tuesday morning crafts. Always a smile on her face and a huge welcome for any and all. When I told, my daughter, Janice, that Jeannette had passed away, she said “oh, Jeannette taught me how to crochet. Jeannette just kept on giving and sharing her talents. Cherish those memories.I know the residents of Erieau will. Carol Boylan ,Jennifer, Janice and Angela

Our deepest condolences to the Vidler family. Erieau has lost a huge part of it with the loss. Darryl Wheeler and family.

We send our condolences to the family of Jeannette Vidler.

My condolences - she died a friend to everyone & will be greatly missed. Always looked forward to visiting with her at the card games in Erieau.

Sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an amazing lady who will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. 🙏🏼

I am so sorry about your loss . Your Mum was lots of fun and always great to visit with when you ran into her . Thinking about you all at this sad time. Margie

Our thoughts and prayers are with during this sad and difficult time the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. May God bless you as you journey on the road of life without your beloved matriarch.

Words are hard to find that truly tell the story of this amazing woman. Jeanette meant so very much to both of us and to our children. Our condolences go out to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and to everyone that knew her. RIP our dear friend. We will never forget you. Love Mike & Cheryl

Sorry for your loss! Always loved my Jeannette hug, she was the best.

Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family of this wonderful lady. Jeanette was always happy and cheerful whenever I would see her. Always had a positive word to share. Erieau has lost another important piece of the community but gained a angelic legend. RIP.

To Jeannette’s family, She was truly a beautiful woman with a dazzling soul. Sincerely, Eileen Lindsay

Dear Vidler, Apfeld families Please accept my sincere condolence on the passing of your Mom, sister in law. She was a woman of passion and she inspired all of us who grew up in Erieau. She was never without a hug or a word of wisdom for us all God Bless her Helen Demeurichy Ouellette

We are sorry to hear about your loss she will be greatly missed .Our prays are with all of you,s.

Our condolences to Scott, Patti and family. We had the privilege of meeting Jeanette a few years back. She graciously welcomed us into her home and made us feel like family instantly. She certainly left a loving impression on us. RIP

So sorry for your loss. She was truly a great lady to all of us who grew up in erieau. She will be missed.

Sorry for the loss to the family/families..see will be missed love and hugs to all..Will always rember her smile and laugh

She will be greatly missed by many

Prayers for the Vidler family. She was truly a special Lady. Will be missed by many.

Sorry for the loss to the family/families..see will be missed love and hugs to all..Will always rember her smile and laugh

Sincere condolences.❤🙏 From: Bob & Joanne Gillespie and Nina Rumble Snake

Sincere condolences.❤🙏 From: Bob & Joanne Gillespie and Nina Rumble Snake

So sorry for your loss. I remember Jeannette very well! Sunday mornings after church and going downstairs, she was quite the organizer - always offering coffee and tea and whatever other goodie the ladies had prepared. She certainly was a leader and Erieau was very lucky to have her. Rest In peace Jeannette.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Vidler Family at this difficult time. Jeanette was a great lady and truly will be missed.

Sending sympathy as you say farewell to a fine and wise lady.

We will never forget our lively conversations with Jeannette while visiting Erieau, and how she took us into her home and her heart so easily, making us feel like family. Love to her big lovely family at this time.

My sincerest condolences to you all!!!

"Someone so special can never be forgotten" You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace Jeanette xo

So saddened to hear of Jeanette’s passing. Both Dave and I loved our visits with her and she always had words of wisdom to pass on to us. She will be missed by all but is now happy and pain free in heaven with George. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Keep your memories of Jeanette close to you. Eli and Dave.

To the Vidler family, So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.