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Josephine Helen Crozier

July 13, 1947 - February 27, 2013


We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Josephine (Jo) Helen Crozier of Nelson, BC on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at Kelowna General Hospital.
Jo unexpectedly succumbed to complications resulting from abdominal surgery at the age of 65 years.
Jo was born in Nelson BC on July 13, 1947. She was pre-deceased by her parents Barbara and Ted Tencza also of Nelson BC.

Jo attended Central Elementary School, Trafalgar Junior High and she graduated from LV Rogers High School in 1966. After a brief try at being a telephone operator (a shocking experience) she studied practical nursing at the Nelson Vocational School. She did her practicum in Trail and then supported her student husband, Rick, by working at the Vancouver General children’s ward.

Jo and her husband Rick were boyfriend/girlfriend from the age of 16 and married at the age of 21 on August 31, 1968. They were in love, inseparable and devoted to each other from that early age until Jo’s passing. Their first child, Michelle, was born in Nelson when Rick was in his 3rd year at UBC so Jo stayed at her mom’s home in Nelson while Rick finished up his university degree. They then moved to Kitimat in 1970 for Rick’s first job in the environmental field. Their son Jon was born in Kitimat and it was six months later the young family made their next move to Cranbrook where Rick started his long environmental career with the BC Government. In 1974 they moved back to Nelson where their life together all started. Jo decided to be a stay at home mom until the children graduated from high school and she then went back to working in retail and as a merchandizer for Proctor and Gamble.

Jo and Rick enjoyed travelling and made several trips to Hawaii, eastern Canada and a trip to England Ireland, Scotland and France. They had long planned a family vacation to Hawaii this spring to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with the kids and grandkids but the family will now sadly be going without her and will continue on knowing that is what she would have wanted us to do.
Jo was a long-time volunteer at the Community Health baby clinics and commented that she had seen the babies of babies she had first weighed and measured at the clinics. She also volunteered every year at the flu clinics and at the Nelson Nordic Busk fee collection booth.

Jo was an active member of the Nelson Kootenay Quilters Guild, Nimble Thimbles Ladies and produced many baby quilts for the Kootenay Lake Hospital auxiliary shop. Her quilts are also found in the homes of many family members and friends. She was well known for her fresh cinnamon buns which she brought to each quilting meeting and also shared with many friends and neighbours. Jo loved her cats and will be missed by both Molly and Mitzi her favorite Persians. Her vegetable garden, and especially her famous lettuce plants, will be missed by many who tasted them over the years.

Jo is survived by her husband of 44 years, Rick, her daughter Michelle (Mark) and son Jon (Patti). She is also survived by her grandchildren Thomas, Megan, Julianna and Jake. Jo loved her grandchildren with all her heart and wanted to share as much time with them as possible. They will miss her warm snuggly hugs, cookies and treats.

Jo is also survived by her brother Joe Tencza, sisters Bernice Ficke (Frank), Kay Tencza and Gwen Hergott (Gerry) as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews throughout BC and Alberta.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Ray and Ann Renee Pettyjohn
Relation: friends

We are sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out
to Rick and his family.

From: Bernadine & Fred Swetlikoe
Relation: Went to school with Jo.

May the perpetual light shine upon her. Our hearts go out to the family. May she rest in peace.

From: Pam Percival
Relation: friend

We are sadden by the loss of a special wife, mother, gramma, sister and friend. It was a pleasure to have worked with Jo and also to be a part of the Lion organization with her and Rick. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.—–Pam and family

From: Judy and bob hunter
Relation: Attended school with Jo

Many fond memories of Jo through our school years

From: Holly and Mike Colebank
Relation: worked with Rick

We were shocked and saddened to hear about Jo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rick and the family. She will be missed by many.

From: Jim & Cathie McLaren
Relation: Friend

We are away and only heard the sadden news via internet. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we bumped into you both in the grocery story so this comes as quite a sock. We wish we were there. You (Rick) and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we were there to support you in this very emotional difficult time. Jim & Cathie McLaren

From: Bernie & Louise Swendson
Relation: Friend

Rick, our thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. I’ll think of Jo whenever I see a gingerbread house.

From: Grant & Heather Mcken
Relation: Neighbour

Rick ..our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

From: Jim and Judy Robertson
Relation: Friends since school and neighbors

Our heartfelt sympathy to all Jo’s family in your loss of a very special lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 30, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

Nelson Curling Club
302 Cedar Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 2B9

302 Cedar Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 2B9

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

KAAP – Kootenay Animal Assistance Program

3423 Renwick Rd

Nelson, BC

V1L 6X7


Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation

3 View Street

Nelson, BC

V1L 2V1

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