Jill Michelle Tomkins (Yaniw)

Born July 8, 1983 at Cut Knife, Saskatchewan
Passed Away February 11, 2020 at Edmonton, Alberta

With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, our family announces the passing of our precious Jill.

Jill is lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend, Mitch, treasured son Nels, mother Joanne Yaniw, brother Mark (Claudia) Yaniw, their children Amanda, Leonardo, Arthur and brother Shane (Dinene) Yaniw, their children Nolan, Megan and Liam, mother-in-law Marge Tomkins (Fred), father-in-law Mark Debolt (Ruby), children Jennifer Martin and Daniel Debolt, sister Nikki Tomkins, children Theo, Meike, brother-in law Russell Tomkins (Karen) children Chloe, Callum, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
She was predeceased by her father, Leonard Yaniw, her grandparents, Steve and Nancy Yaniw and Norman and Vi Rewerts, cousin Curtis Rowswell.

A Celebration of Jill’s Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at Celebration Church, 7215 Argyll Road NW, Edmonton, AB.

Donations in Jill’s memory may be made to: Covenant Foundation, Room 3C60, 11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5K 0L4, Designate to Misericordia Community Hospital
or donate online in memory of Jill (Yaniw) Tomkins at www.covenanthealth.ca
Any Flowers to be directed to Celebration Church at 7215 Argyll Road NW, Edmonton, AB.

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Marge Tomkins-Debolt

It’s been awhile, a few months Jill. I so miss your beautiful, intelligent face. I’m really devastated that you are gone for my son and grandson as well as your sincere spirit. You were so beautiful and charming and witty! I wish I could hug, hold and kiss you again. It’s terribly difficult without you here. I so miss you Jill and will never forget you.

Barb and Pat Shanahan

Our deepest condolences to you and your families. No words can describe what you must be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

Trevor McLain

Dear Joanne, I did not know Jill until reading these awesome reminiscences of her in the many tributes above. Her mates in Misericordia seemed to be in love with her as a nurse and as a friend. I can see from her pic that she had your beautiful smile.
Thank you for sitting beside me during our somewhere-near-Calgary 50th Reunion Breakfast in August. You were very kind and supportive of me in anticipation of my heart surgery. I was very impressed by your calmness and generous spirt. My sympathies to you and yours on the loss of your beautiful girl. She will live on.

Allan& Alene Carlton

Our hearts break for you and your loved ones so tragic to lose someone so young.

Dorothy Smith

I worked with Jill on 5 West for many years. Left Misericordia in 2013. She had the most beautiful smile. She always made work a lot easier to face. I was shocked and in disbelief when I heard Jill had passed. She was so young and vibrant. Loved hearing stories about her family. She was a great nurse and coworker. You will truly be missed. Condolences to her family. I know she is dancing in heaven with her dad. Love ya Jilly bean

Randy & Gisèle Brackenbury

Our most sincere condolences to all the family and friend’s on the sudden passing of such a beautiful young lady,…Jill. May angels walk with you today and always.

Lisa Groenewald

My heart aches for Mitch, Nels and family after learning of Jills passing. I met Jill in a mommy group a couple months after Nels was born and we became instant friends as did our kids. I looked forward to our play dates not only for the kids to hang out but to listen to stories Jill would tell me or her having an ear to listen to mine. My daughter talks about Nels on a weekly basis and looks forward to the time we have together with them. Jill was always real and spoke her mind when she didn’t like something she saw. Our last conversation a couple weeks ago we chatted about our little ones starting Kindergarten next year and a trip to the dentist that involved a dog there for the wrong reasons. I will cherish the moments we had together. You were taken too soon from us all and you will not be forgotten.
We love you all,

-The Groenewald’s

Roger and Val Tournier

So very sorry to hear of Jill’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time!

Barb Faber

Shane and family, I am saddened beyond words to hear of your sister’s passing. My heart is aching for you and your family, there is no greater pain for a parent than the loss of a child, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love leaves a memory that I pray will comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

Carina Zwack

Mitch, Nels & Family, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this devastating time. My heart is broken for you and I can’t even fathom what you are going through.
I worked with Jill on 5 West for the last 3 years. She was such a beautiful, kind, caring individual with so much personality. I always looked forward to the days we worked together. She was always there to lend a hand. I enjoyed her colourful sayings or words when we were frustrated at work. She would call the feisty patients “Spicy” and because of her I now use that term. She always spoke of Mitch and Nels with so much love in her eyes and she told some funny stories about Nels. If we were ordering food on the unit she would give suggestions and the places she picked were always delicious.
Jill will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carina Zwack

Lindy Peterson

My sincerest condolences to Jill’s family and friends. I worked with Jill at the Misericordia Hospital and truly she was always such a friendly face and pleasure to work with. I will cherish the memories we shared together. Praying for peace and comfort for all of her family. ♥️

Colleen Ference

I have had the pleasure to have worked with Jill on 5 West on many occasions. You know you are a great nurse when the unit is in complete chaos and you can smile and maintain a calm composure about you. That was Jill. She was such a pleasure to work with. To hear this news is beyond heartbreaking. I feel such great sadness for the those who loved her and needed her. Condolences to all who knew her. Rest in peace Jill.

Heather Parra

I remember playing the days away with Jill, back in elementary. We got along so well, we would play Nintendo, and I was always envious of her cool canopy bed. It was a treat to reconnect with Jill later in life, and while we haven’t spoken in years I will always remember her as being kind and funny.
My deepest condolences Mitch and family, I can’t imagine your grief. I truly believe those that leave us get front row seats cheering on those left left behind, and your little one has a beautiful guardian angel looking over him.

Tracy Cote

My deepest sympathies to all of you who loved Jill so dearly. I spent many years as her Unit Manager on 5-W, each day she brought her love of life, love of nursing and the most beautiful smile with her. The remembrance of her will always bring a smile to my face and a peaceful feeling in my heart.

Katherine Patry

Words cannot express the sadness I’ve felt since I learned of Jill’s passing. Both my mother and I had the opportunity to work with Jill on 5 West. I will always remember Jill as a kind person who made each day at work more fun due to her wonderful sense of humour. I will also remember her as one of the great nurses on 5 West who mentored me during nursing school and the early years of my nursing career. I feel lucky to have known her and my heart goes out to her family right now.

Andrew McCutcheon

I am shocked and so saddened to learn of Jill’s passing. I want to convey my deepest sympathies to her family and to all others saddened by her passing.

Years ago, Jill was my preceptor as I finished my Nursing degree and I still often think about the lessons I learned from her. I wouldn’t be the nurse I am today without her. She really was an amazing nurse and more than that, she was singular individual that I learned so much from as a person as well as a nurse.

Words fail at times like these. I am thankful to have known her, and I will continue to remember her as the sensitive, snarky, thoughtful, funny, and beautiful person that she was. My thoughts are with her and her loved ones.


My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jill. She was an inspiration to me on 5 West at misercordia hospital. Not only was she kind but very funny and so quirky…someone who I admired a lot. With much respect, Jodi and family.

Shawn Parsons (Carol and Phil’s son)

My deepest condolences on your loss. She was so young, pardon my ignorance, why, ?Was Jill sick? Was there an accident? It’s just not fair, life seems so unjust and cruel at times.

Carol Ashbee

My deepest sympathy to Jill’s family and friends. I worked with Jill briefly on 5west at the Misericordia. She was so lovely, fun and kind. She brought sunshine.

Cheryl Finley

Joanne and family. My heart goes out to you with the loss of Jill who was daughter, a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt and a friend to so many. I hope that it will bring you comfort knowing that someone as special as Jill will never be forgotten.
You are in my thoughts.
Cheryl Finley

Patrick and Pualette Beaudry

Joanne, just a note to let you and your family know you are in our thoughts.

Nicole Buyse

To Jill’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can see by the comments, Jill made an incredible impact on so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


My deepest condolences Mitch, Nels and your family on the loss of your amazing Jill. Praying for you to remain strong and heal. Take care.

Sara & Andreas

Mitch, Nels & family, there are simply no words to communicate the sorrow we feel for what you must be going through. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and will remain so through the coming days, weeks and more as you navigate your way through such a difficult time. We are here for you in whatever you may need.
Your neighbours,
Sara, Andreas, Sawyer, Elias, Jex & Gunnar

Taralynn Lipka

This news is beyond devastating, to jills family my heart is broken for you and there are no words to make sense of what has happened. I worked with Jill on 5west for many many years and she is a beautiful, kind, loving, hilarious person who I truly loved to work with. She is an amazing nurse and wonderful mama. I truly wish I could be there on Wednesday to pay my humble respect to Jill and her family. I will not be able to attend. Please know she left a lasting impression on me, we had so many fun times. My favorite memories of her is always how put together she looked for work always wore her hair beautiful and had the most unique jewelry. I know she is with her father now and Nels now has the most beautiful guardian angel. She will be loved forever by the misericordia crew!
All my love and prayer to you during this time
Taralynn Lipka

Karen Wiseley

So sad to hear you left so soon Jilly bean. You will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew you. Rest in peace

Rose Filice

Our deepest condolences. I remember meeting you at your Mom’s home in Sandoval Jill. You were such a kind, courteous and loving young lady. You will be missed by everyone who knew you. R.I.P. dear Jill. xo

Diane Robertson

Tom and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to you and your families . Your hearts must be broken. My prayers and love for all of you at this most difficult time. You are in our hearts and thoughts.

Brian and Linda Brebner

Words cannot express our deepest sympathy to you Mitch, Joanne and all your family!! Praying that the Lord will show His deepest Love, strength, and peace through this very difficult time. We will be thinking of all of you on Wednesday. ♥️♥️

Bill & Gale Stonehouse

Joanne and family. Our most sincere sympathy on the loss of your dearest Jill. Please know it breaks our hearts to hear about your loss. Please be kind to each other in this sad time. If there’s any thing I can do to help you cope in the days to come please don’t hesitate to call. There is no pain worse than the loss of a child. May God bless you.

Rhonda and Scott Serafini

We are thinking of you all during this sad time! ❤️❤️

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