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Janine Marie Desjarlais

September 22nd, 1963 - May 21st, 2024
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Janine was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 22nd, 1963. She left us on May 21st 2024 at the age of 60. She leaves behind her loving Mother, Eleanor, her beloved son Aidan, Alex, her spouse Jurgen, Alisha, her former husband Tim, her sisters, Heather and Lauren and her soul sister Claudia, her three brothers, Rod, Brent and Cameron, her nieces and nephews, Joshua, Brooklyn, Parker, Holly and Robin, along with many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, very close friends and her beloved cat, Mishka. She was a devoted Mother to her son Aidan and loved her family dearly!

Janine always said that her gift of music came from God! She was a singer, a master vocalist with a voice that was both as powerful as the roar of the ocean, and yet as sweet as honey on the lips of an angel. She was also an exceptional songwriter. She has left behind nearly fifty incredible recordings that display her heavenly talents. They are available on all streaming services under her stage name, Janina Russell.

She knew in her heart who she was as a gifted singer and song writer and as a sensitive, unique individual which she expressed through her music. She was kind and loving to everyone she met, often stopping and talking to the homeless and those in need of comfort.

She leaves behind a legacy of songs for her loved ones, her family, her friends and for the thousands of children she sang to throughout her career. The children adored Janina. After a show they would rush up to hug her, never wanting to leave her sweet, bubbly energy. Along with entertaining children with music, she was a master at face painting and arm painting for the kids.

She lived her truth by honouring God through her message of kindness, love and compassion.

We will keep her memory alive in our hearts forever.

The sweetest of flowers

Gone from our sight

Somewhere are blossoming

Blessed and bright………

Although we can’t see them,

Forever they’ll be

A beautiful part of our heart’s memory.


Peter Allen
July 11th, 2024

I think we are all deeply saddened to hear that Janine is no longer with us. Having known her since the 70's, she was always a kind and loving spirit who wanted to make this world a better place for others. Her love of music played a big part in her life for as long as I can remember.

Isaac, Jessica & Kelvin
July 5th, 2024

Mr. I, your strength and dedication during this time inspire us all. We send our deepest condolences and warmest wishes. May Janina’s spirit always resonate in your melodies.

Tina, Keith, Jamie & Kylie
July 3rd, 2024

Such sad news. My condolences to Mr I and his family. No doubt, Janine will be missed by many. May you find peace in your memories of Janine.

Heather Reid
June 25th, 2024

To my beautiful big sister, my teacher, my protector, my Métis spirt, my saviour, my keeper and my angel of God, I thank you for your wisdom, love and compassion. You made my life so much richer and I am eternally grateful. You truly were a piece of heaven on earth and now you are home in heaven. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I will miss you dearly.

Luca, Sheila & Pouyan
June 24th, 2024

Very saddened to learn of passing of dearly loved Janine. Luca is Mr. I’s student and we love him and his classes very much. Saying prayers for Mr. I’s and family's comfort during this difficult time.

June 24th, 2024

We will always miss you when we see Mr.I. We will miss you for all the nice memories of you singing and cheering beside him. We will always remember your smiley face making ballon’s and give kids face paintings Janine, kids will always remember you on their birthdays.

Tina Friesen
June 24th, 2024

Deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our condolences go out to all who will miss her so much. Praying for comfort for you in this difficult time. A lovely tribute to a lovely lady.

Laura Lowry
June 5th, 2024

So sorry to hear this, so many hearts are missing a piece. Rest in peace.

Eleanor Lowry
June 4th, 2024

To my loving daughter who brought so much joy into my life. I will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.

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