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Born: Jul 29, 1961

Date of Passing: Jun 16, 2021

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Suddenly and unexpectedly, it is with deep regret and sadness we announce the death of Janice Helen Berens who passed away June 16, 2021, at St. Boniface Hospital.
Janice was born in St. Boniface Hospital on July 29, 1961. She had a passion for the neighbourhood she lived in as well as the people living there. She has lived in the Winnipeg West End almost her entire life.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kenneth Berens, and her three children: Harley, London and Layne Berens; father, Michael Chambers. Janice was predeceased by her mother Helen.
She worked at the H&R Block Tax office on Portage and Home Street where she was the office manager and one of the most experienced tax professionals in Canada. She had another job at Gordon Bell High School as a community support liaison. She would put family as the most important aspect of her life though she was always a mom first.
There will be a funeral service June 29, 2021 where a small, closed gathering will take place at Wojciks Funeral Chapel on Main Street. It will be livestreamed and recorded on Facebook via her son's, Layne Berens, Facebook page. The presiding clergy is Reverend B. Brglez. Janice will be cremated, and her ashes will be buried next to her mothers in Balmoral Cemetery.
Special thanks to Monique Dupuis who she saw as a sister and to all the people who have been emotionally touched by her and learned from her wise words.

Janice will be dearly missed.

Publish Date: Jun 26, 2021


On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Janice passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital.
A longer obituary notice to follow.

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Publish Date: Jun 22, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 22, 2021, Jun 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • When moving to Winnipeg, Janice helped me do my taxes and I had a fun time talking to her. She seemed happy go lucky and I looked forward to seeing her every time tax season came along. I just found out that she passed and it shocked me. Thank you Janice for helping me over the past few years. I will never forget your cheery smile and good humour. - Posted by: Danny De Souza (Client) on: Apr 02, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to Janice’s family. She has been doing out taxes for quite a number of years and we looked forward each year to meeting with her and catching up on our lives. She was such a special lady. - Posted by: Karen & Cory campbell (H&R block) on: Mar 16, 2022

  • I’m so sorry for your great loss of Janice. I worked with her and every season I would check to see where she was teaching and follow her. She was the best teacher and was so knowledgeable and very patient. She would go out of her way to help anyone. She loved her job but her family always came first. She was so proud of all her kids. She will be greatly missed but definitely not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, RIP my friend. - Posted by: Saskia Ferwerda (Co-worker) on: Jun 28, 2021

  • Dear Mike Chambers & the Berens family very sorry to read that Janice passed away. Thinking of you all at this very sad & difficult time. Olga Carlson (old acquaintance) - Posted by: Olga Carlson (Olga Carlson old acquaintance) on: Jun 28, 2021

  • I have known Janice since high school at Gordon Bell. I will always remember her as being so kind and generous with her time and heart. We met up in our adult years with her working as a community liaison at GB our former alma mater and I at RaY we shared a mutual concern for a youth our programs had in common. I was privileged to know her ❤️ heart.. which was enormous. My condolences to her husband and her children. Gone to soon. You sure do not meet people like her everyday. God speed - Posted by: Kelly Holmes (Friend ) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • Sending my sincerest sympathies to Kenny, Harley, London, Layne, Mr C and Monique. I moved to Winnipeg when I was 10 and Janice lived 2 doors down. She marched over and introduced herself and we were inseparable for 7 years. We had so many incredible experiences growing up together and for that I am truly grateful. I wish I would have told her how much her friendship meant to me then. I am so heartbroken for her family and friends and wish that the beautiful memories you have will bring you some comfort. Hugs - Posted by: Catherine Melnyk (nee Schonen) (Childhood friend) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • I first new Janice as a client at H&R block. We got to talking and discovered my aunt and uncle were her aunt and uncle also, much to both our surprise. I loved her wit, sarcasm, friendliness and if we had more time I’m sure we could have been good friends. My deepest condolences to her dad, husband and children. She talked about you all the time. I will truly miss her, may she rest in peace. - Posted by: Anita Raposo (Client and distant relative) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Dennis, Dayle and families for the loss of a wonderful sister, and to Mr. Chambers in the loss of a beloved daughter. I’m so very sorry... - Posted by: Mark Strople (Friend) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • I am not sure how we are going to do this without you. You are truly missed. You always say It is what it is, but this really sucks! - Posted by: Laurel (Friend and coworker) on: Jun 26, 2021

  • My deepest condolences. To her life long partner Ken. To the children she loved so wholeheartedly & unconditionally Harley, Layne & London, and to her best friend Monique, her soul sister. This loss will run deep for many. Rest in Peace my friend. Xx Dionne - Posted by: Dionne (Friend) on: Jun 25, 2021

  • My sympathy to Janice's family and close friends especially Monique. I know how close you 2 were. May she rest in piece, my heart is so sad. Midge... - Posted by: Margaret Onufreychuk (Midge) (friend) on: Jun 24, 2021

  • This woman gave true definition to the meaning selfless. Everything she did was for her family both blood and chosen. If you were lucky enough to be one of her chosen you know exactly what I'm talking about. Janice taught me so much about life, logic, parenting.....even sarcasm. She definitely showed me how to use it appropriately. I never really took a hard look at our relationship, but this woman was like a second mother to me. I'll forever miss her. - Posted by: Christy Orr (Lifelong friend ) on: Jun 23, 2021

  • I am so Sorry for all of your Heart Break & Loss & Selfishly mine. YOU are Loved. - Posted by: Monique Cyr (Best Friend ) on: Jun 22, 2021

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