Obituary of Vanessa Diemert
For anyone who knew the beautiful gifted woman I was lucky enough to have called my wife, it is with great sadness I post this. On the morning of Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Vanessa lost her hard-fought battle with breast and lung cancer. The void she leaves in us is mynute compared to the joy, happiness, and love she brought into the world. Vanessa has given me three beautiful children, Kendalynn, Isaac, and William.
Vanessa Lynne Diemert was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 3rd, 1979 to Kenneth and Beverley Wood. She was raised in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Yukon Territories as her father Ken pursued his career with the RCMP. It has been suggested Vanessa’s marriage to an RCMP officer was a means to continue the cycle of ever-changing environments she became accustomed to throughout her younger years. Vanessa and James Diemert married on October 1st, 2005 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. They were posted to numerous locations within Saskatchewan and eventually settled in Regina.
Vanessa had a love of knowledge and was not afraid to explore a variety of educational and employment paths, including culinary arts, emergency services, childcare, esthetics, jewellery sales, and medical administration. She later focused on pursuing her desire to work in the medical field as a means to help others. Vanessa loved her job, and her exemplary work ethic and personable nature will be fondly remembered by those who have worked with her.
As the “peace-maker,” Vanessa often advocated for love and happiness within her family and circle of friends. She was never one to harbour resentments. Instead, she avoided conflict and would encourage others to consider the positives rather than the negatives in all situations.
Jamie and Vanessa were one of the FUNNIEST and most uplifting couples to be around. Their parties were epic and often themed to celebrate up-coming holidays, particularly Halloween. Longstanding friendships and humorous stories were forged during those gatherings! Even through their hardest struggles, there was always a sense of humour and laughter shared between Jamie and Vanessa. Their relationship was strong and steadfast, as it was based on a foundation of love, respect, compassion and loyalty.
As she happily moved into the roles of wife and mother, her time and focus increasingly turned to sports, dance, music, and whatever other interests her children pursued. Always organized, Vanessa would talk of her busy schedule with pride and satisfaction in her voice. Her amazing children reflect her and Jamie’s love and dedication to be the best parents they could be.
Despite her happily hectic life, Vanessa had a variety of hobbies and interests throughout the years. She was very artistic and used her talents to enhance the décor in the family home as well as create memorable keepsakes for her children and extended family. Vanessa took pride in her yard as evidenced from the abundance of flowers and vegetables she grew there.
Vanessa will be remembered for her brilliant smile, her love for life, and her contagious laugh that sparked countless friendships. She fostered a family home that was both cheerful and welcoming to those who had the privilege of walking through that brightly coloured door. Vanessa’s playfulness, acceptance and genuine concern for others’ well being will not be forgotten.
Vanessa Lynne Diemert passed away on July 2nd, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of 40 years. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband and best friend Jamie Diemert and children Kendalynn (12), Isaac (9), and William (6).
Vanessa is survived by: mother, Beverley; sister Lynette (Murray) and children Braxton and Shae; sister Kendra (Tyler), children Sophia, Van, Lily, Levi and their father, Ryan; brother Chris (Mayah) and children Suraya and Cassius; mother and father-in-law, Linda and Gary; brother-in-law David, children Layton and Logan and their mother Shannon.
Vanessa is predeceased by her father, Kenneth Wood; grandparents, Helen and Dudley Wood, Mabel and Donald Gray; uncle, Donald Wood; and cousin, Sandy Wood.
In lieu of flowers, donations in trust for Vanessa’s three beautiful children may be sent to the family or to Gerrand Rath Johnson Law Firm, #700-1914 Hamilton Street, Regina, SK S4P 3N6.
Donations may also be made to the Shine On Foundation at shineonfoundation.ca
Vanessa, we love you so much. Thank you for being part of our lives, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, mother, wife, and best friend.
Love Kendalynn, Isaac, William, and Jamie.