It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved sister Jenny (Jeanette Joan) KACHKAR on March 30, 2023, at the age of 55.

Jenny was predeceased by her parents, Jean and Reneè Kachkar. She will be lovingly remembered by her surviving siblings: her sister Rima Coates, and her brothers Rami Kachkar (Beverly) and Richard Kachkar. Jenny also leaves behind her adored nieces Juliana, Johanna, Megan, and Cassandra, not to mention numerous friends and family who are deeply affected by her loss.

Jenny was born on May 10, 1967, in Edmonton, AB, Canada. She graduated from Archbishop O’Leary High School and completed marketing courses at Grant MacEwan College.

Jenny’s career started at the Mayfield Inn. Her dad managed the hotel and Jenny loved seeing the stars who came to perform. Jenny was working the switchboard at the Mayfield at age 12, and she was the youngest to take the hotel management course that her dad designed. She grew up knowing how to talk to people from all walks of life, and the stars were Jenny’s specialty–she treated them like real, everyday people, and valued them for themselves. In fact, many of them became lifelong friends. 

Jenny left The Mayfield for The Fantasyland Hotel where she brought such events as Oscar Night, Cops for Cancer, Valentine’s Wedding and many others.  Jenny then ventured out on her own, creating The Kachkar Group, producing The Alberta Health Show and other productions.  She used her exceptional skills in advertising and promotion to help build the success of numerous local start-ups, as well as small to large businesses in Edmonton.

Despite her own health problems, Jenny soldiered on. She was the primary caregiver for her mom in her last years and she worried over her nieces and siblings’ health too. Extrovert that she was, though, she was not about to sit at home when there was so much living to be done. She was always thinking of new, exciting things that might interest people work-wise. She was enthusiastic and positive and saw the best in people. And when someone in the community passed away, Jenny would be there to mourn with the family and look after the details that she had–sadly–had to deal with so many times before when her father, mother, aunts, uncles, and cousins passed away. Her empathy pulled her out of her own suffering where she would go, instead, to comfort others. 

Jenny never said no when anyone asked for help, ideas, or someone to talk to. She had the cutest, champagne-bubbles kind of laugh, she told the best stories, and she had the sweetest soul. 

A prayer service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9850 148 Street, on April 12, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Basilica, 10044 113 Street NW, on April 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.


  1. Murray Blakely

    Jenny was loved by all in the media, radio, TV and advertising.
    Her dad Jean (John) was a prince of a man.”

  2. John Kilduff

    I was deeply saddened to hear that Jenny had passed away recently. Jenny and I worked together at the front desk of the Mayfield Inn in the 80’s and I remember fondly the times we spent together and the laughs we had. We were able to keep in touch via Facebook over the years and we would run into each other now and then and I always got a big hug from Jenny. I was so moved by her funeral today at St Joseph’s and all the love for her and her family. My condolences go out to Richard and all the extended Kachkar family.

  3. Dana Nease

    So sad to hear of Jenny’s passing. She was truly a light in my life at Stage West! She will be truly missed and never forgotten. ❤️

  4. Andy

    Our deepest condolences to the Kachkar family
    From the Manzanillo family

  5. Pat (Patricia) Nagel

    Our deepest condolences to the Kachkar family. May the memories of the special love you shared with Jenny return each day to bring you comfort and help you through the difficult days ahead. May she rest in peace on her final journey.
    Pat (Patricia) Nagel,
    Haven Nagel-Lynch,
    Hayden Nagel

    • Susan Jarvie

      Rest In Peace Dear Jenny
      Gone way to soon .. you will be greatly missed.
      We met you several years ago at Jubilations and have a picture with you and Richard. You were one in a million ! Extra Special.
      Heaven has gained another Angel.


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