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January 22, 2017

Peacefully, surrounded by her family, God called Karen Loma Farrell (nee Janisse) home, Jan. 22, 2017, in her 60th year. Beloved wife of Len. Proud and cherished mother of Marsha. Loving sister of Mary Oliver, Debbie (Ken) Kosslack, Beverly Todd and Brenda Bolyantu, all of Windsor, Cathy (Larry) Strauss of Lucknow, and Robert Janisse and Wilfred Janisse, both of Windsor. Sister-in-law of Donald (Cathy) Farrell of Ripley, Ronald (Diane) Farrell of Kincardine, Earl (Geordie) Farrell of Port Elgin, John (Joyce) Farrell of Wingham, and Brenda (Ken) Symns of London. Also missed by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Eileen Janisse; mother- and father-in-law, Florence and Lester Farrell; and brothers-in-law, Paul Oliver and George Bolyantu. Karen was born in Windsor, Dec. 3, 1957. In 1970, the Janisse family moved to Huron Township, and that year, she attended Ripley Public School where she met Len. Two years later, the farm boy stole the city girl’s heart, and they started dating. Len and Karen married Sept. 13, 1975, and Karen’s transformation from city girl to rough and tough farm girl began. They lived happily on the Farrell Homestead, and would have been together 42 years this coming September. They became proud parents in 1980 and enjoyed raising their daughter, Marsha, on the family farm. Karen was an avid gardener and her flowers and her greenhouse work became a passion. For many years, she fought a battle with her health. During those years, nothing gave her more joy than being a wife and mother to Len and Marsha. Karen always had an open door policy, was always there as a role model and gave guidance to many. Her kindness and strong spirit will forever be remembered. “Whenever you need me, I am never far. Just look up into the night sky, I am the brightest star.” Donations to the Ripley Agricultural Society would be appreciated by the family. A Service of Remembrance will be held at a later date.

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