October 12, 1923 – June 28, 2014
Jean Sieffert was born in Vancouver, BC to Thomas and Jessie Keenlyside. She met Norman Sieffert and they were married on June 27, 1947 in Vancouver before relocating to Victoria and finally settling to farm in the Comox Valley in 1959.
She is pre-deceased by her husband Norman, daughter Nancy and brothers Bob, Allen and Rick.
Jean is survived by her sister Amy Parker of 97 years (Seattle), her children Gail (Gerry), Bruce (Ros) and Bob (Char), as well as 8 grandchildren Mark (Shanna), Amanda (Jim), Erin, Sean (Terra), Alysha (Matt), Jenn (Kyle), Claire and Owen and 3 great grandchildren, Christopher, Natalie and Ryleigh. She was also a special “Ma” to Chris Edwards, and to Mai and Ban Trieu.
After a short stay in Kye Bay she lived in the family home on Knight Road for 51 years and lived the past two years at Eagleview at St. Joseph’s where she waved and smiled at all of the people on their way into The Views.
Jean and Norman started farming upon arrival to the Comox Valley and over the many years of building their business gained a large farming family. She was proud of her greenhouses and loved to take people for tours. The farm was her life, although it was Norm’s dream to farm, her practicality made it a reality. Jean was strong willed and capable, with a large heart. She was known as a mother to many.
Jean enjoyed cooking and baking for the family and her cookie tin was always full. She held many tea parties with her granddaughters, always using her fine china.
The family would like to say a special Thank You to the care aides that helped to look after Jean in her own home, Dr. Wiens and Dr. Winter, and all of the wonderful staff at Eagleview.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the D’Esterre House (Comox Seniors Center), 1801 Beaufort Avenue, Comox on Saturday, July 5th from 2-4 pm.
During her stay at Eagleview one of Jean’s favourite places was the garden. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Views Backyard Garden c/o St. Joseph’s Foundation, 2137 Comox Ave, Comox, BC, V9M 1P2.
She often said “I am a lucky old lady” but really, we were lucky to have her.